PJ’s Daily Devotional for Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Today’s Bible Reading is 2 Corinthians 1.
Have you ever trusted a carrier service (postal service, UPS, FedEx, etc.) with anything of great value? Did you simply trust the organization with your high-priced item or did you insure it? Did you worry about it getting to its location and then give a sigh of relief when it arrived on time as guaranteed? What was the value of the item you were worried about losing in the delivery from your location to its intended destination? Did you go so far as requiring a signature-upon-delivery guarantee to ensure it got to the right person and not snatched away by a deceiver in the process of delivery?
With those questions in mind, read what Paul says to the Corinthian believers, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. 21 And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, 22 and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee” (2 Corinthians 1:20-22).
Let me emphasize to you verse 22, “who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” And this is not the only time Paul says this to a group of believers; read also Ephesians 1:13-14. He alludes to this many times in his writings about the salvation Jesus Christ transferred upon us through faith alone.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of the World, defeated death, atoned for sin, and consumed the wrath of God for us! Though we are the ones who deserve death, deserve the penalty for sin, and deserve the full outpouring of wrath, Jesus Christ took those willingly and lovingly and fully upon Himself so that we, God’s prodigal children, may come home to Him without penalty, but rather to receive the fullness of blessing that was ours from the beginning! WOW! That is amazing grace! Any other storyline for the Gospel falls short of the WOW, of the AWESOME, of the SCANDAL that it is.
And here is what really messes with the hard-working mindset of many well-intentioned theologians and faithful church goers. This is a gift that is guaranteed for delivery! John 3:16 is true; not just a childhood memory verse or billboard cliché. It’s TRUTH! I mean it, true, not just a little true, all the way true. Through faith in Jesus Christ, God gives you a GIFT that guarantees you, seals you for delivery for Heaven, not Hell.
Your salvation—signed, sealed, and delivered—is guaranteed to be on time! In fact, the only one authorized to break the seal is the ascended Son of God who Revelation says is the only one worthy of breaking the seal at the appointed time of Judgment. You are more precious in God’s sight than you can possibly begin to imagine and His carrier service is infallible. Delivery is always on time to the right destination and insured with a signature-upon-delivery guarantee!
God the Father has said it, Jesus Christ has done it, and the Holy Spirit is insuring it! Is there any greater assurance than this blessed assurance! In Christ, you have received a deposit of heaven (Holy Spirit) now for which you will soon (at the appointed day) experience the fullness of in Heaven!
This is one delivery you don’t need to fret about or worry about! The King’s seal is upon you and even the great deceiver Satan can’t touch this. In fact, nothing, including you, can prevent that which has been guaranteed!
Can the item being delivered say to the delivery man, please don’t deliver me? No, that is as silly as the pot saying the potter what shape it should be. Remember the first lesson of Christianity, there is a God and you are not Him!
Rest in the seal of the Holy Spirit. Activate the power, presence, and peace of God who dwells in you! Stop wasting your energy on insecurity, fear, and notions of grandeur. Trust God!
Are you putting your trust in Jesus or yourself for Heaven?
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (2 Co 1:20–22). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.