Our Lives Are a Message

Our Lives Are a Message

Would it surprise you to learn that the life of each and every follower of Jesus Christ is an epistle (letter) to the world?

. . . clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.  (2 Cor 3:3)

The word epistle means:  letter, communication, or message.  Every person who has accepted Jesus as their Savior and Lord is a message to the world!  The Holy Spirit, who has sealed us for the day of redemption (2 Cor 1:22; Eph 4:30), has been given to us as our guarantee or promise that we are born-again.

I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart.  (Ps 40:8) 

The verse above teaches us that every human being [saved or unsaved] inherently knows the moral law of God. (Rom 2:14-15)  One reason that this is true is that all mankind has been created in the image of God. (Gen 1:27)

Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart . . . (Pro 3:3) 

Mercy and truth are bound up in the Scriptures.  When we memorize and meditate upon God’s Word, we are cooperating with “writing” them upon our hearts.

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.  (Heb 8:10) 

The Holy Spirit will bless every believer with grace to enable us to memorize passages of the Bible, thereby putting God’s laws in our minds and sowing it into our hearts.  Only the Spirit of the Living God has the necessary power to “write” God’s moral laws upon the heart of a believer.  This Bible passage says that God has made a covenant with us to do these things, and also to be our God. 

The Lord calls us His people, and what an awesome blessing that is.  God bless you!

Sealed by the Holy Spirit

Sealed by the Holy Spirit

The Bible says that we (believers) have been sealed with the Holy Spirit.

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise . . .  (Eph 1:13)

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  (Eph 4:30)

What exactly does it mean to be sealed by the Holy Spirit?  It means that upon our salvation, the Holy Spirit has actually come to live within each and every one of us. (Ac 2:38)  We are the temple of the Holy Spirit.  (1 Cor 6:19)  He dwells within each and every Christian.

The word “seal” means to confirm, authenticate, or guarantee something.  The presence of the Holy Spirit within us is a potent spiritual connection between us and God.  Here are several verses verifying that the Holy Spirit dwells in us.

  • Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Cor 6:19)
  • Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)
  • If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. (1 Corinthians 3:17)

The very presence of the Holy Spirit within us confirms and validates our salvation experience, and it guarantees that we do have eternal life.  We will spend eternity with the Lord.

God Honors His Word

God Honors His Word

My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.  (Ps 89:34)

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever.  (Isa 40:8)

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.  (Matt 24:35)

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.  (2 Cor 1:20)

Unlike human beings, God says what He means, and He means what He says.  He is faithful to His Word.  When He says that He will do something, you can rely upon it.  You can rest in the fact that His Word will and MUST come to pass! 

Not only does God have the power to back up His Words, but He has the integrity to guarantee that they will be fulfilled.

One definition of integrity is “the state of being whole and undivided.”  That is a perfect definition of the word integrity, and also of God, our Redeemer.  His intentions and His focus are unimpaired—they’re complete and undivided. 

His promises were not made due to impulsiveness but said with certainty and with purpose.  God had specific motives for devising a plan of salvation and for providing a Savior for mankind.  Here are just some of those motives:

  1. Jesus came to fulfill the law.  Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.  (Matt 5:17)
  2. Mankind needed a Mediator.  But now has he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.  (Heb 8:6)
  3. Jesus’ purpose was to destroy the works of the devil.  For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.  (1 John 3:8)
  4. Jesus became our Savior so that we would be perfected.  For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.  (Heb 10:14)
  5. Jesus became the true Lamb of God that took away the sins of the world and brought peace and restoration.  And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!  (John 1:36)  To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.  (Lk 1:79)  See also John 20:19, 21 and Acts 3:20-21. 

Our salvation is assured.  Jesus completed His assignment perfectly, and now we are perfected and complete in Him.  Go ahead and trust His Word.