You also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God´s possession – to the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 1, 13 – 14
“More lake than the eye can see ..." was written on the information board. We had been at the Hoover Reservoir in Boulder City. And indeed, we only could see a small part of this huge reservoir in front of us.
The tourist information had shown a big sign: "YES. We are open. Please come in!” You can not refuse such a friendly invitation! We were very well advised, got information material and had a lot of fun at that day at the Hoover dam.
See more than you can imagine? Yes, Paul says. What you will see in heaven goes beyond your wildest dreams!
These Christians had heard about the truth, the truth about God. No fake news. Jesus Christ had told the truth. He IS the truth personally. It was indeed true: HE, the Messiah died on the cross of Golgotha for the guilt of all men. HE, Jesus Christ, had defeated death. He was risen and lives forever, without end.
This YES to Jesus Christ had changed them. This YES to Jesus Christ was the key to a new life. God opened their hearts and minds with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was like a seal that God had pressed on her life. In this seal indelibly was written: "Loved by God!" "Child of God!" "Redeemed and saved by Jesus Christ!" "This woman/child/man belongs to God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit!"
I am filled with great joy to know that! People who say YES to the invitation of God, are belonging to him forever. And nothing will and nothing can separate them away from God´s love:
Paul is saying in Romans 8, 38 + 39: “I am sure that nothing can separate us from God´s love – not life or death, not angels or demons, not the present or the future, and not powers above or powers below. Nothing in all creation can separate us from God´s love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord!” The Holy Spirit guarantees for that.
Whoever is living today with Jesus Christ, I can assure on my oath: you will experience the power of God, HIS love, HIS kindness, HIS gentle (see Galatians 5:22!). This man who belongs to Jesus Christ may rejoice in the ultimate and perfect salvation in eternity. God will deliver HE promise and will give to all his children, to you and me, what he has prepared for them: the heavenly glory with himself.
This is not a word to put off until later. That´s no waiting to doomsday! It is God´s guaranteed commitment to his people. Starting today!
After visiting the very friendly tourist information we had visited the great Hoover dam. We could see a lot and had been amazed at many things. We had a lot of information and questions about construction, ecology, engineering, energy. The signs kept what they promised. We were not disappointed.
God also keeps HE is promising. What HE is saying is not an idle talk. Don´t think it´s just pie in the sky! God also does not have to correct anything HE says. HE does not have to take anything back of what HE said. HIS word is reliable. The Holy Spirit guarantees this..