Updated: Feb 13, 2019
"In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise" (Ephesians 1:13)
Years ago, there were those who preached and taught that having been born again, you needed to be "sealed with the Holy Ghost". They'd call people out in church, lay hands on them and say, "Be sealed in the Name of Jesus." In their minds, they were "sealing" those Christians. One can't help but to wonder where they got that from, because the Christian was already "sealed with the Holy Ghost" at the New Birth.
The underlined portion of our opening verse says, "...ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise." When you received the Holy Spirit, you were sealed; it was done by the Holy Spirit. It's not a special or typical experience. So what does it mean to be sealed, especially in the context of Scripture?
When a document is sealed, it means a mark or something is attached to it as a guarantee of authenticity and ownership. When you see the seal of the President on a document, for example, that means the document came from the President and has the President's authority. A seal also means that a particular transaction has been completed or consummated.
There are three things the sealing of the Holy Spirit is for: ownership, security, and authenticity. Now that you're born again and have been sealed with the Holy Spirit, Satan can't touch you, because the mark of God is on you. The hand of God is resting upon you.
(Psalm 91:7, 10)
"A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you... No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling..."
Why does the Bible say this? Because God's seal is on you! That seal-- that mark-- separates you from danger.
As a child of God, you're protected and preserved by the power of the Holy Spirit. His glory covers you. When you understand this, the devil will have no place in your life. Fear will have no place in your life. If you're attacked by sickness, disease, or infirmity, you'll command it to leave your body. You'll live every day with the confident assurance that no plan of the adversary can work against you because the seal of God is on you. Praise God!
I've got the seal of the Holy Spirit! I'm protected and preserved from harm, for as the mountains surround Jerusalem, I am also immersed in the Lord's protection. His divine power has given me all that I require for life and godliness, and no weapon fashioned against me can ever prosper, because I dwell in Christ. Blessed be God forever!
Further Study: Psalm 125:1-3; Psalm 91:1-10