What does Sealing mean in the Bible?

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Morrish Bible Dictionary - Sealing
A legal process by which the validity of a deed of conveyance is confirmed: see Jeremiah 32:7-11 . A seal is often employed as a witness and proof of genuineness. This may help us to understand the force of the term as applied to Christ and to Christians.
1. The Lord Jesus spoke of Himself as sealed by God the Father, John 6:27 , doubtless referring to the Holy Ghost having come upon Him at His baptism. He was thus witnessed of as the Son of God.
2. Believers are sealed by the Spirit for the day of redemption, and the Spirit is also the earnest of their inheritance. 2 Corinthians 1:22 ; Ephesians 4:30 . The gift of the Spirit is the seal. This could not be until redemption had been wrought and righteousness secured thus for man. But the seal is now the distinctive mark of those who are of God. The idea of sealing is distinct from that of being born of the Spirit, as well as from that of being led of the Spirit after He has been received. Believers only are sealed, in virtue of their faith in a Saviour who died for them and rose again. The sealing, based on forgiveness of sins, gives the consciousness of the benefit gained by faith.
Various incidents in the Acts of the Apostles throw light upon this. On the day of Pentecost, after Peter had proclaimed the death, resurrection, and exaltation of Christ, the hearers being "pricked in their heart," said, "What shall we do?" Peter replied, "Repent, and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2:38 . So also when Peter preached to Cornelius and those gathered with him, while he was saying "Whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins . . . . the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word." Acts 10:43,44 . In Ephesians 1:13 , it is said of the Gentiles that having believed the gospel of their salvation they were sealed. See HOLY SPIRIT.
3. The hundred and forty-four thousand of the twelve tribes of Israel referred to in Revelation 7:3-8 will be sealed in their foreheads. The number typifies the completeness of the remnant which is preserved through the great tribulation for blessing, and they are conspicuous as bearing the witness and mark of the living God.
Webster's Dictionary - Sealing Wax
A compound of the resinous materials, pigments, etc., used as a material for seals, as for letters, documents, etc.
King James Dictionary - Sealing
SE'ALING, ppr. Fixing a seal fastening with a seal confirming closing keeping secret fixing a piece of wood or iron in a wall with cement.
SE'ALING, n. from seal, the animal The operation of taking seals and curing their skins.
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Seal, Sealing
The allusions and references to seals and sealing are frequent in the sacred writings. Seals or signets were in use at a very early period, and they were evidently of various kind. Some were used as a substitute for signing one's name, the owner's name or chosen device being stamped by it with suitable ink on the document to be authenticated. Seals to be used for this purpose, with or without the sign manual, appear to have been worn by the parties to whom they respectively belonged. The seal of a private person was usually worn on his finger, or his wrist, or in a bracelet, being small in size, Jeremiah 32:10 Luke 15:22 James 2:2 . See RINGS .
The seal of a governor was worn by him, or carried about his person in the most secure manner possible. The royal seal was either personal, to the king, or public, to the state; in other words, the seal of the king and the seal of the crown, 2 Samuel 1:10 : the first the king retained; the latter he delivered to the proper officer of state. So far modern usages enable us to comprehend clearly the nature of this important instrument. The impress of the royal seal on any document gave it the sanction of government, 1 Kings 21:8 ; and a temporary transfer of the seal to another hand conveyed a plenary authority for the occasion, Esther 3:10,12 8:2 . Instead of the impression of a seal, probably on account of the heat of the climate, Job 38:14 . The seal was a token of possession and of careful preservation, Deuteronomy 32:34 Job 9:7 14:17 . A portion of clay covering the lock or opening of a door, etc., guarded it from being opened clandestinely, Song of Song of Solomon 4:12 Daniel 6:17 Matthew 27:66 . Travellers in the East have met the same custom in modern times. The cord around a book, box, or roll of parchment was often secured with a sea, Isaiah 8:16 Revelation 5:1 . The Holy Spirit seals Christians, impressing his image upon them as a token that they are his, Ephesians 1:13,14 4:30 . See SO .

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Signet - A ring for Sealing. See RING and SEAL, Sealing
Obsigillation - ) A Sealing up
Obsignatory - ) Ratifying; confirming by Sealing
Chaffwax - ) Formerly a chancery officer who fitted wax for Sealing writs and other documents
Obsignation - ) The act of Sealing or ratifying; the state of being sealed or confirmed; confirmation, as by the Holy Spirit
Magbish - " A person "Magpiash" is named as Sealing the covenant (Nehemiah 10:20)
Hallohesh - An individual or a family mentioned in connexion with the repairing of the wall ( Nehemiah 3:12 ) and the Sealing of the covenant ( Nehemiah 10:24 )
Signet - ) A seal; especially, in England, the seal used by the sovereign in Sealing private letters and grants that pass by bill under the sign manual; - called also privy signet
Signatory - ) Relating to a seal; used in Sealing
Skirt - Ruth 3:9 (c) The action mentioned here probably refers to the Sealing of a friendship which was based on relationship
Waxbill - The bill is large, conical, and usually red in color, resembling Sealing wax
Waxwing - ) Any one of several species of small birds of the genus Ampelis, in which some of the secondary quills are usually tipped with small horny ornaments resembling red Sealing wax
Clay - Clay was used for Sealing (Job 38:14 ; Jeremiah 32:14 ). The practice of Sealing doors with clay is still common in the East
Seal - Sealing a document was equivalent to the signature of the owner of the seal. The mode of doing this was probably by stretching a cord across the stone and Sealing it at both ends with Sealing-clay. Seals and Sealing are frequently mentioned in the book of (Revelation 5:1 ; 6:1 ; 7:3 ; 10:4 ; 22:10 )
Mijamin - ( Nehemiah 12:5 ), and was represented at the Sealing of the covenant ( Nehemiah 10:7 ) = Miniamin of Nehemiah 12:17
Wafer - A thin leaf of paste, or a composition of flour, the white of eggs, isinglass and yeast, spread over with gumwater and dried used in Sealing letters
Vermilion - It has a fine red color, and is much used in coloring Sealing wax, in printing, etc
Kadmiel - (the day of humiliation) and Nehemiah 10:9 (the Sealing of the covenant), Kadmiel appears to be an individual
Wafer - ) An adhesive disk of dried paste, made of flour, gelatin, isinglass, or the like, and coloring matter, - used in Sealing letters and other documents
Unbelief - Especially is unbelief towards an offered Savior an unspeakable crime, justly Sealing the condemnation of him who thus refuses to be saved, John 5:18 1 John 5:10
Seal - The process would be accomplished by stretching a cord across the stone that blocked the entrance, and by Sealing the two ends of the cord against the wall of rock. Twice in the Fourth Gospel the act of Sealing is used figuratively to describe (a) the solemn confirmation by the believer, from his own experience, that God is true (John 3:33); (b) the destination and authentication of the Son by the Father as the bestower of the food which nourishes eternal life (John 6:27)
Wax - A substance used in Sealing letters called Sealing-wax, or Spanish wax
Seal - The process would be accomplished by stretching a cord across the stone that blocked the entrance, and by Sealing the two ends of the cord against the wall of rock. Twice in the Fourth Gospel the act of Sealing is used figuratively to describe (a) the solemn confirmation by the believer, from his own experience, that God is true (John 3:33); (b) the destination and authentication of the Son by the Father as the bestower of the food which nourishes eternal life (John 6:27)
Kelita - ” A Levite who assisted in interpreting the Law when it was read to the assembly of the people during the time of Ezra (Nehemiah 8:7 ) and who participated in the Sealing of the covenant (Nehemiah 10:10 )
Clay - It may be remarked, however, that clay was used for Sealing doors
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The significance of the act of Sealing is dependent on the importance of the one doing the Sealing. " For example, Satan's ineffectiveness is secured by God's Sealing of the abyss (Revelation 20:3 ). His Sealing merely comprises the initial down payment that anticipates the future, full redemption of God's "marked possession" (Ephesians 1:14 ; cf. His work of Sealing believers, therefore, implies a moral responsibility. His Sealing separates the believer from the world and from his or her unholy past
Seal - Among the methods of Sealing used in Egypt at a very early period were engraved stones, graved stones, pierced through their length and hung by a string or chain from the arm or neck, or set in rings for the finger. In Sealing a sepulchre or box, the fastening was covered with clay or wax, and the impression from a seal of one in authority was stamped upon it, so that it could not be broken open without discovery
Letter - Thus the Arabs roll up their letters, and then flatten them to the breadth of an inch and paste up the end instead of Sealing them; and the Persians make up their letters in the form of rolls, about six inches long, and paste a bit of paper around them with, gum and seal them with an impression of ink
Ring - Clement of Alexandria, while forbidding to Christians such ornaments as are mere luxuries, makes an exception of the ring because of its use for the purpose of Sealing
Thais - Recognizing his true character, she cast herself at his feet, destroyed all her precious dresses, and entered a female monastery, where Paphnutius shut her up in a cell, Sealing the door, and leaving only a small window, through which to receive food
Clay - Another use of clay was for Sealing
Seal - sealed to them this fruit," the formal ratification of the ministry of the churches of the Gentiles in Greece and Galatia to needy saints in Judea, by Paul's faithful delivery of the gifts to them; this material help was the fruit of his spiritual ministry to the Gentiles, who on their part were bringing forth the fruit of their having shared with them in spiritual things; the metaphor stresses the sacred formalities of the transaction (Deissmann illustrates this from the papyri of Fayyum, in which the "sealing" of sacks guarantees the full complement of the contents); (c) secrecy and security and the postponement of disclosure, Revelation 10:4 ; in a negative command, Revelation 22:10 ; (d) ownership and security, together with destination, Revelation 7:3-5 (as with the noun in ver. 2; see A); the same three indications are conveyed in Ephesians 1:13 , in the metaphor of the "sealing" of believers by the gift of the Holy Spirit, upon believing (i. , at the time of their regeneration, not after a lapse of time in their spiritual life, "having also believed," not as AV, "after that ye believed;" the aorist participle marks the definiteness and completeness of the act of faith); the idea of destination is stressed by the phrase "the Holy Spirit of promise" (see also Ephesians 1:14 ); so Ephesians 4:30 , "ye were sealed unto the day of redemption;" so in 2 Corinthians 1:22 , where the Middle Voice intimates the special interest of the Sealer in His act; (e) authentication by the believer (by receiving the witness of the Son) of the fact that "God is true," John 3:33 ; authentication by God in Sealing the Son as the Giver of eternal life (with perhaps a figurative allusion to the impress of a mark upon loaves), John 6:27 . ...
Note: In Revelation 7 , after the 5th verse (first part) the original does not repeat the mention of the "sealing" except in ver
Execute - To complete, as a legal instrument to perform what is required to give validity to a writing, as by signing and Sealing as, to execute a deed or lease
Salma - This symmetrical division, as well as the limitation of the whole genealogy to ten, is evidently intentional, ten being the number Sealing the genealogy as a perfect completed whole
Execute - ) To complete, as a legal instrument; to perform what is required to give validity to, as by signing and perhaps Sealing and delivering; as, to execute a deed, lease, mortgage, will, etc
Refiner, Refining - The ancient Egyptians purified gold by putting it into earthen crucibles with lead, salt, a little tin, and barley bran, Sealing the crucibles with clay, and then exposing them to the heat of a furnace for five days and nights
Signet - Examples of such rings in the Bible are: Pharaoh's ring given to Joseph (Genesis 41:42 ), Ahasuerus' ring given to Haman and then to Mordecai after Haman was hanged (Esther 3:10 ,Esther 3:10,3:12 ; Esther 8:2 ), King Darius' Sealing the den of lions after Daniel was thrown into it (Daniel 6:17 )
Lute - ) A cement of clay or other tenacious infusible substance for Sealing joints in apparatus, or the mouths of vessels or tubes, or for coating the bodies of retorts, etc
Sealing - The idea of Sealing is distinct from that of being born of the Spirit, as well as from that of being led of the Spirit after He has been received. The Sealing, based on forgiveness of sins, gives the consciousness of the benefit gained by faith
Execution - The act of signing and Sealing a legal instrument, or giving it the forms required to render it a valid act as the execution of a deed
Seal - In Sealing a sepulchre the fastening was covered with clay or wax, and the seal was stamped upon it, so that it could not be broken open without discovery
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Sealing up was also to ensure secrecy (Daniel 12:4; Revelation 5:1)
Rings - See SEAL, Sealing
Southcotters - The first charge was respecting the Sealing of her disciples. Sealing is the grand peculiarity and ordinance of these people. At present, it seems, both warning and Sealing have subsided; they are waiting, probably in awful suspense, for the commencement of the thousand years' reign on the earth, when peace will universally prevail
Wax - ) A waxlike composition used for uniting surfaces, for excluding air, and for other purposes; as, Sealing wax, grafting wax, etching wax, etc
Cancellarius - (Latin: cancellarius, man at the barrier) ...
Term which came to mean a notary, then the official charged with writing and Sealing crown documents, and finally, the guardian of the great seal of state
Chancellor - (Latin: cancellarius, man at the barrier) ...
Term which came to mean a notary, then the official charged with writing and Sealing crown documents, and finally, the guardian of the great seal of state
Confirmation - In Ephesians 1:13 and 14,it is spoken of as a "sealing," and made a plea for righteousnessof life: and in the fourth chapter, verse 30, it is spoken of inthe same way, as well as other passages which might be cited
Jeshua - ), and the Sealing of the covenant ( Nehemiah 10:9 )
Seal, Signet - In the ordinary business of life Sealing was continually employed as a precaution against a deposit of any sort being tampered with by unauthorized persons. ...
Newberry in his Scarabs illustrates the Egyptian (and doubtless Hebrew) practice of Sealing doors by means of a piece of string attaching the door to the jamb, and sealed with a clay seal. Thus, in Daniel 9:24 , Sealing is a figure for the ratification of prophecy; in John 6:27 the figure is based on the public acknowledgment of the seal as one nowadays acknowledges one’s signature
Seal - But be this as it may the Scripture sense of Sealing is the same; Christ desires his church, and his church desires her Christ, that there may be such a nearness, and connection, and union, and intimacy between them as is formed between those where the arm is always lifted up to protect and help, and the heart hath an everlasting impression in love abiding, so that the person and interest is never taken off from the mind
Banquet - In the Old Testament and New Testament, banquets and feasts are prominent in Sealing friendships, celebrating victories, and for other joyous occasions (Daniel 5:1 ; Luke 15:22-24 )
Seal, Sealing - The allusions and references to seals and Sealing are frequent in the sacred writings
Tribes - the writer speaks of the Sealing of the servants of God. The OT imagery of the Sealing is used to express the thought that God’s faithful people are numbered and protected on earth to the last individual, while the subsequent vision (Revelation 7:9-17) points to their glory in heaven
Eye - The custom of Sealing up the eyes of criminals, still practiced in the East, is thought to be alluded to in Isaiah 6:10 44:18
Epistles - The modern Arabs roll up their letters, and then flatten them to the breadth of an inch, and paste up the end of them, instead of Sealing them
Day (That) - The day is the Day of Judgment, the day of the Sealing of citizenship in the Kingdom of heaven
Bill - The Rabbis, who dwelt with special gusto (‘non sine complacentia quadam’—Lightfoot) on the subject of divorce, had drawn up regulations as to the proper wording of the bill of divorcement, its Sealing and witnessing, and the number of lines—neither less nor more than twelve—the writing must occupy
Book With the Seven Seals - 5 stood alone, the sevenfold Sealing might simply emphasize this idea, but the successive opening of the seals implies that the leaves of the book or parchment-roll are sealed down in successive portions, and the idea of completeness in the seven is thus referred to the history (cf
Israel - On the other hand, the symbolic or metaphorical use of the term applied to the spiritual Israel is found in connexion with the Sealing of the servants of God which takes place according to the tribes of the children of Israel (Revelation 7:4), and also in the description of the New Jerusalem, where the names of the twelve tribes are engraven on the twelve gates (Revelation 21:12). James (James 1:1), applies the passage Revelation 7:1-8, regarding the Sealing of the tribes taken from a Jewish source, to the true spiritual Israel, who are to be kept secure in the day of the world’s overthrow
Baptism - ...
Other allusions to baptism (the complete rite, see below, 6) may probably be found in the metaphors of anointing and Sealing. ...
For Sealing, see 2 Corinthians 1:22 (same context as the anointing), Ephesians 1:13 (‘having believed ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise’), Ephesians 4:30 (‘sealed in the Holy Spirit’). The aorists in all three passages, which connect the Holy Ghost with the Sealing, point to the definite time when they became believers (Chase, Confirmation, p
Nehemiah, the Book of - The "we" and "our" in Nehemiah 9 and Nehemiah 10, as to Sealing the covenant, identifies the writer as an eye witness, yet not singled out for notice from the rest
Eye - The orientals, in some cases, deprive the criminal of the light of day, by Sealing up his eyes. The practice of Sealing up the eyes, and stupifying a criminal with drugs, seems to have been contemplated by the same prophet in another passage of his book: "Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes, lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert and be healed
Covenant - ...
A "covenant of salt" signifies an everlasting covenant, in the Sealing or ratifying of which salt, as an emblem of perpetuity, is used (Numbers 18:19 ; Leviticus 2:13 ; 2 Chronicles 13:5 )
Deborah - It begins with a reference to Jehovah's original, grand, and awful manifestation at Sinai (Exodus 19; Deuteronomy 33:2), the Sealing of the covenant with Israel, and the ground of all His subsequent interpositions for them
Backsliding - In instances of apostasy when one spurns the grace of God by renouncing the blessings of the covenant, there is no possibility of repentance for sin, only a divine Sealing unto the day of judgment (Hebrews 6:4-6 ; 10:26-31 )
Garden - Jesus hath bought it with his blood; the Father hath given it to Christ by grace; and the Holy Ghost hath made it Christ's, by the Sealing act of covenant faithfulness
Baptism - ...
Other allusions to baptism (the complete rite, see below, 6) may probably be found in the metaphors of anointing and Sealing. ...
For Sealing, see 2 Corinthians 1:22 (same context as the anointing), Ephesians 1:13 (‘having believed ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise’), Ephesians 4:30 (‘sealed in the Holy Spirit’). The aorists in all three passages, which connect the Holy Ghost with the Sealing, point to the definite time when they became believers (Chase, Confirmation, p
Look - ’ More individual instances of this look are when Jesus ‘beheld’ (ἐμβλέψας) Peter, and said, ‘Thou art Simon … thou shalt be called Cephas’ (John 1:42)—a look Sealing the new name upon Peter’s heart; or when He ‘beheld’ (ἐμβλέψας) the chief priests and scribes, ‘and said, What is this then that is written?’ (Luke 20:17)—a grave look of reproach, ‘to add solemnity to His reference to their own Scriptures
Drink - Israel eats and drinks before God at Sinai in a covenant meal celebrating the Sealing of the Mosaic covenant (Exodus 24:11 )
Marks Stigmata - Note also the references to the ‘sealing’ in Revelation 7; Revelation 14:1, 2 Maccabees 6:7, 3 Mac 7:3, 14:1, 22:4
Apocalyptic - " Between the sixth and seventh seals, John witnesses the "sealing" (play on words) of "the servants of our God" (7:3), so that they will not be harmed by the calamities he has just seen
Faith - ’ The Sealing with the Spirit is posterior to the act of faith and may be associated with the rite of baptism, which came to be known as a Sealing ordinance
Faith - ’ The Sealing with the Spirit is posterior to the act of faith and may be associated with the rite of baptism, which came to be known as a Sealing ordinance
Canticles; the Song of Solomon - In the song's Israelite aspect the third or central part probably refers to the Sealing of the union between Jehovah and the Old Testament church by Solomon's erection of the temple (Song of Solomon 3:6-11)
Glory - Passing over the strictly doxological passages, we note that ‘glory’ is given to God (or to Christ) (a) by the character or conduct of men: by the strength of their trust (Romans 4:20), in eating, drinking, and all that they do (1 Corinthians 10:31), by thanksgiving (2 Corinthians 4:15), brotherly charity (2 Corinthians 8:19), the fruits of righteousness (Philippians 1:11), repentance and confession of sin (Revelation 16:9); (b) by the results of God’s own saving work, the Exaltation of Christ (Philippians 2:11), the faithful fulfilment of His promises in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20), the reception of both Jews and Gentiles into the Church (Romans 15:7), the predestination of believers to the adoption of children (Ephesians 1:6), the whole accomplishment of that predestination, by faith, the Sealing of the Spirit, and final redemption (Ephesians 1:14), by the marriage of the Lamb, the final and eternal union of Christ with the redeemed, sanctified, and glorified Church
Baptism - That baptism was ‘in the name of Jesus’ signifies that it took place for the purpose of Sealing the new relationship of belonging to, being committed to, His Personality
Tabernacle - The book contains three segments: chapters 1-15, the account of the deliverance from Egypt, culminating in the Red Sea crossing; chapters 16-24, the account of the journey to Sinai, culminating in the Sealing of the covenant; and chapters 25-40, the account of the building of the tabernacle, culminating in its being filled with the glory of God
Apocrypha - Daniel had ashes sprinkled on the floor of the temple and food placed on Bel's altar before Sealing the temple door
Sanctification, Sanctify - The ‘anointing’ and ‘sealing’ of 2 Corinthians 1:21 f
Nehemiah - ...
The law awakened a sense of sin (Nehemiah 9); so first they put away strangers, as Israel must be a separate people, and read the law a fourth of the day, and another fourth confessed sin and worshipped, the Levites leading; then they made a covenant to walk in God's law, not to intermarry with pagan, to keep the sabbath, and to pay a third of a shekel each for the service of God's temple, to bring the firstfruits and firstborn, and not to "forsake the house of our God," (Nehemiah 10) the princes, Levites, and priests Sealing it
Baptism - The teaching and acceptance of the truth stands first; the Sealing of belief in it by baptism comes next not vice versa
Heir Heritage Inheritance - Paul speaks of the Sealing ‘with the Holy Spirit of promise’ as ‘an earnest (ἀρραβών) of our inheritance,’ and in the same contest (v
Revelation of John, the - ...
Again, the Sealing of the 144,000 under the sixth seal (Revelation 7) connects this seal with the section Revelation 12-14
Revelation, the Book of - The Sealing of the 144,000 (Revelation 7:1-8 ) employs Jewish symbols to describe those who know God through Jesus Christ
Peter - Peter justified his act both by the revelation and by God's Sealing the Gentile converts with the Holy Spirit
Gnosticism - All sorts of rites, baptisms, stigmatizings, Sealing, piercing the ears, holy foods and drinks, etc
Revelation, the - This is parenthetic, describing the Sealing of a perfect number of the twelve tribes — the spared ones of Israel; they are sealed for preservation: cf
Law - Our Lord ‘fulfilled the law’ by Sealing it with His own final authority