The word seal is used many times in the scriptures. Sometimes it’s used for an official seal of a scroll or metaphorically about believers. However, I wanted to take a deeper look at the word seal in Hebrew and Greek.
All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.
What Does The Word ‘Seal’ Mean In Hebrew?
chatham- to close up; to affix a seal.
“And she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters to the elders and the nobles who were dwelling in the city with Naboth.”
– 1 Kings 21:8
What Does The Word ‘Seal’ Mean In Greek?
sphragizo- to stamp with a signet.
This term is used to indicate permanency and security. It’s used to speak of Jesus’ grave (Matthew 27:66) and the doom of Satan (Revelation 20:3).
Metaphorically, this word is used to speak of the sealing of believers by the gift of the Holy Spirit, which is received upon believing.
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
– Ephesians 4:30
“Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.“
– 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
sphragis- stamp impressed.
“Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.“
– Revelation 7:2-3
“Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
– 2 Timothy 2:19
All in all, the word seal signifies completion. That’s what the word seal means in Hebrew and Greek. I pray you found this article helpful. If so, please share this content. Also, feel free to share any thoughts in the comments below. As always, thanks for reading!
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