February 14, 2018: Our Security Deposit

Ephesians 1:14 (NIV)
14  who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.

Who is guarding your salvation? I speak with lots of people who have made professions of faith over the years and one thing I continually hear from them is, “How do I know I will make it to the end?”

The answer to that question lies in asking another question, “Can God ever lose any of those he now holds in his hands?” The Scripture tells us that when you believed, it was not your work that caused you to believe in the first place it was a work of God.  God began and brought to fruition your salvation by his grace alone apart from anything you did.  Then he adds to secure your salvation, the gift of his Holy Spirit as a deposit.  Just what does this deposit do for us?  Paul writes about it this way, “He is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance.

A deposit is something that you give to a person you are making a purhase from.  You put some money down so they will hold your purchase until you come back with the rest of the money.  If for some reason you should decide not to complete the purchase you will forfeit your deposit.  If God for some reason chooses to not guarantee your salvation as a completed transaction he will lose his deposit.

What is his deposit?  His Holy Spirit.  If he forfeits his Holy Spirit he will cease to be God. Since he will always and forever be God without any slight bit of change we see that our salvation is entirely secure as long as God is God.

 

Resting in the grace of God,

 

Pastor phil

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