When we were little kids we liked going to the store to buy soda, and we also liked going back to return the bottles. Why , the deposit money served as our service fee. This was when soda was still in bottles-not can or plastic. One way to insure and ensure that the store would not lose the bottles, was to impose a deposit. You don’t return it, deposit forfeited. As simple as that.
As I was reading Ephesians 1:13-14, I was reminded of a theme. Yesterday I talked about identity. Today I’d like to briefly touch on the mark and the seal.
A pawnshop is a clear illustration of how it works. You pawn something for cash, and you can come back to redeem it on the set deadline, but you have to have the ticket as proof of ownership. No ticket , no redemption. Just like the soda store, no bottle , no money.
When Jesus Christ left for Heaven, he must have known the unsettling feeling of his followers. The insecurity and the uncertainty that came with his departure could be liken to a child being left or abandoned by the mother. Scary.
But our God is an all knowing God and He is always prepared. He is not an Indian giver. He gave Jesus as a gift but we know that His place is not here. Instead, those who accepted Jesus received a mark and a seal, the Holy Spirit. That’s why the enemy can spot us easily. We have our identity in Christ. We have that mark.
It is comforting to know that I have the guarantee of redemption and inheritance. It is a promise I can hold on to. It is a spiritual paradigm shift. All of a sudden, nothing matters in comparison to what I will receive in the end.
Jesus is coming back to redeem his own, and He is gonna look for that mark and seal.