Super Bowl 51 is over. The Patriots won. That is that. But when Super Bowls end, there is another team just beginning their battle. Their name is PSA/DNA, and their fight is against the counterfeiters!
You see, one of the bigger post-game businesses is in the collectibles market: the footballs, sideline pylons, coin toss coins, etc. The problem, though, is that counterfeiters are always trying to sell knock-offs to unsuspecting collectors. Enter PSA/DNA.
PSA/DNA has a technology to authenticate collectibles by stamping each with a unique, synthetic DNA “fingerprint.” The fingerprints can be seen only with a special laser, and they have a 1 in 33 trillion chance of being replicated. Now that’s a secure stamp!
But did you know an even greater authentication stamp exists? It is the stamp that Christians bear. He is the Holy Spirit, and His seal is impossible to fabricate.
Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
That’s right! The authentic Christian bears a stamp. It is a royal seal, inked with the blood-bought DNA of Christ, as a pledge to prove that we are His.
Now, I wish we could point a laser at the seal and know whether someone is a Christian. It sure would make it easier to know who is authentic. But even without that technology, there are signs.
A believer (John 6:29) receives the Holy Spirit at their baptism (Acts 2:38); they can check the things they hear and see against the Word to know if they are truly from God (1 John 4:1); and they can assess whether or not men are faithful stewards (1 Corinthians 4:2).
Ultimately, though, God alone knows the authentic from the counterfeit. “Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, ‘The Lord knows those who are His’” (2 Timothy 2:19). Is your faith authentic or counterfeit? The heart is a great place to check: “The one who loves God is known by God” (1 Corinthians 8:3).