seal

seal

A device by means of which ownership of objects or origin of documents could be designated. In the Bible, the term refers both to an object, usually a small, semiprecious stone with writing cut into its surface that makes an impression in clay or wax, and to the impression itself. There are approximately sixty references to seals and sealing in the Bible. Some uses of seals are to render something secure against tampering (Jer 32:10; Matt 27:66), demonstrate authority (1Kgs 21:8; John 6:27), seal a letter (1Kgs 21:8; 1Cor 9:2), seal a covenant (Neh 9:38), delegate authority (Esth 8:8; John 6:27), and seal documents (Isa 8:16; Jer 32:10; Rev 5:1). The NT uses the terms “seal” and “sealing” in these primary senses (Rev 5:1), but makes metaphorical use of the terms as well. Paul refers to the circumcision of Abraham as a “seal of the righteousness that he had by faith” (Rom 4:11). Christians are “marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit” (Eph 1:13). Perhaps most striking of all is the reference in (Heb 1:3) to Christ as the “imprint” of God’s very being.

Jer 32:10

10I signed the deed, sealed it, got witnesses, and weighed the money on scales.

Matt 27:66

66So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.

1Kgs 21:8

8So she wrote letters in Ahab's name and sealed them with his seal; she sent the letters to the elders and the nobles who lived with Naboth in his city.

John 6:27

27Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Fath ... View more

1Kgs 21:8

8So she wrote letters in Ahab's name and sealed them with his seal; she sent the letters to the elders and the nobles who lived with Naboth in his city.

1Cor 9:2

2If I am not an apostle to others, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

Neh 9:38

Those Who Signed the Covenant
38 Because of all this we make a firm agreement in writing, and on that sealed document are inscribed the names of our officials, ... View more

Esth 8:8

8You may write as you please with regard to the Jews, in the name of the king, and seal it with the king's ring; for an edict written in the name of the king an ... View more

John 6:27

27Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Fath ... View more

Isa 8:16

Disciples of Isaiah
16Bind up the testimony, seal the teaching among my disciples.

Jer 32:10

10I signed the deed, sealed it, got witnesses, and weighed the money on scales.

Rev 5:1

The Scroll and the Lamb
1Then I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals;

Rev 5:1

The Scroll and the Lamb
1Then I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals;

Rom 4:11

11He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the anc ... View more

Eph 1:13

13In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy S ... View more

Heb 1:3

3He is the reflection of God's glory and the exact imprint of God's very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification f ... View more

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