The Spirit is a Guarantee

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Many people who purchase a home decide to make a down payment toward the home. This is a way of communicating to the bank that they are trustworthy and intend to fulfill their pledge to pay for the home. 

Today, archeologists and historians have discovered business documents from the ancient Greco-Romans world that are very similar. A deposit was made as part of an agreement. The first installment was a way to guarantee that the transaction would be fulfilled. 

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul uses this language regarding the Holy Spirit. Having already written that God gave us the Holy Spirit and that the Spirit has sealed us, he continues by writing that the Spirit is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance… (Ephesians 1:14). It was a legal term used to communicate to Christians that yes, there is an eternal reward coming for you, and I’m going to give you a deposit to guarantee that I (God) will see fulfill my vow with you. 

This follows the story of God all throughout the Bible. He will ensure that His people are restored unto Him. 

READING & PRAYERS:

     COLOSSIANS 1:12, HEBREWS 9:15, 1 PETER 1:4

How well do you live with the confidence that God has blessed you and guarantees your eternal inheritance with Him? 

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, the readings throughout this week have been a truly awesome reminder that You have blessed me immensely, yet the best is yet to come. Today, I simply pray that I will continue to understand and fulfill the purpose You have for my life here on earth. May I reflect Your love and kindness well. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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