Sticking with the apostle Paul today our scripture comes from 2 Corinthians 1:21,22 - " Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee." Simply stated - God confirmed Paul and his fellow workers by anointing them. This anointing probably refers to special empowerment by the Holy Spirit. Sealing indicates ownership and security. The sealing and giving of the Holy Spirit are linked. The Holy Spirit is a guarantee, the down payment that there is more spiritual blessing to come and that the believer will receive eternal life.
Is there something God has told you to do that seems just too difficult? You can be sure that if He has called you to carry out His will, He’s going to be faithful to accomplish it through His Spirit living and working in you. Paul, the apostle, shares wisdom in this area in 1 Thessalonians 5:16, 24 - "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you..He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it." When we doubt God’s trustworthiness, that unbelief becomes a gap in our spiritual armor, and we can be sure that’s exactly where Satan will attack us. It’s actually when life gets rough and rugged that the sweetness of God’s faithfulness makes itself real in our heart. As we walk through these storms in complete reliance on His strength, our trust in His character becomes part of who we are and strengthens from within.
The word “inheritance” usually brings to mind the money and real estate handed down from one generation to another. But God has an even greater legacy to share with His children—one that they are given the moment they enter His family. The apostle Paul states this plainly in Galatians 4:6,7 - "And because you are sons, God has sent forth His Son into your hearts, crying out, 'Abba, Father!' Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ." God gives all believers a pledge of inheritance out of the unsurpassed riches of His infinite grace. We are spiritually rich citizens of heaven who have nothing to fear in this world.
King David praises the LORD so eloquently in Psalm 71: 14-16: "But I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more. My Mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and Your salvation all the day, for I do not know their limits. I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only."
After Jesus had risen from the grave He met with His disciples and gave them one last job some call "The Great Commission" in Matthew 28: 18-20" - And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of The Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. Making disciples involves three steps: 1. Going (it happens on the streets, at your job, in your daily life). 2. Baptizing (bringing the people to church and accepting Jesus as their savior). 3. Teaching (investing time with each person both in church and them studying God's word). Have a Blessed weekend brothers and sisters - thanks for sharing God's word with me!