Based on the practice of sealing letters, documents and property, the Holy Spirit is described as being a seal on the lives of God’s people, affirming their Christian character, marking them out as belonging to God and guarding them from the world and the devil.
The Holy Spirit’s seal on the life of Jesus Christ
Jn 6:27The Greek implies a once-and-for-all sealing at a particular time in the past and probably alludes to the baptism of Jesus Christ when the Holy Spirit came upon him. See alsoIsa 42:1; Isa 61:1
The seal of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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