Thursday, April 6, 2017

Reserve that wedding day

Eph 1:13 (Jesus)  in whom ye also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, - in whom, having also believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14  which is an earnest of our inheritance, unto the redemption of God's own possession, unto the praise of his glory.

When I was in business as a photographer, a big part of my business was wedding photography. When a bride to be would come to me to reserve her wedding date, she would need to know the date and time of the wedding and then put a deposit, an earnest payment to reserve her wedding date. I also would have her fill out a wedding contract so that she and the photographer would have a binding agreement as to the event.  If the wedding was canceled a month or more before the date, then the deposit or retainer would be returned to the bride.

Using this as a metaphor, when we come to Jesus in good faith, he gives us the Holy Spirit, a retainer or earnest on the inheritance of eternal life. Jesus is the bridegroom and the church, those who are born again, are given a gift, a wedding ring of sorts, a pledge, a contract, a new covenant. He purchased us with his shed blood. He loves us and wants us to be with him in fellowship with God the father. The Holy Spirit is our love connection to him. We make promises, but when God makes a promise it is true and he never breaks a promise. The contract, the covenant has been written with his blood. He promises to love us, to never forsake us and to share his inheritance in glory with us. One thing different from the wedding contract is that we do not know the date or the time of his coming. We are to be prepared
for his coming at any time.

Mat 25:6  But at midnight there is a cry, Behold, the bridegroom! Come ye forth to meet him.

Rev 3:11  I come quickly: hold fast that which thou hast, that no one take thy crown. 

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