Why do you need to know that you are adopted by the Father and sealed by the Spirit? Simple. There is power in assurance. A young college graduate requested that I pray for her to be accepted into law school. Each time we talked, she seemed increasingly anxious. The unknown future unsettled her. But then came the acceptance letter. She called me with the great news. Her thoughts were positive. Her future was secure.
The Holy Spirit provides a far more significant assurance. From him we receive an acceptance letter to heaven. “So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world” (1 John 4:17 NLT). The Holy Spirit will keep his promise. We’ve been sealed. He will get us home.