Guarantee

He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.  2 Corinthians 5:5

Please read 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 today. Verse four gives us a glimpse into the purpose of God in creating us with mortal bodies. God has prepared us to have the mortal swallowed up by life. This is indeed a beautiful picture of glorification. Glorification is the putting on of the heavenly body. It is the hope in which we as believers live—that we would be more alive than ever. It is a sure hope (Romans 8:30). God has designed for us to be completely set free in Christ. We are in Christ now, but not in the fullness that God has in store. There is the “already” and the “not yet.” The “not yet” is what is to capture our minds and hearts. That is what had captured Paul. While the church in Corinth was focused on bliss and blessing in the here and now, Paul was focused on the completeness of joy and blessing promised in the eternal presence of God when life swallows up this mortality. Paul knew that he had the Spirit within him. That sealed it for him. It was a guarantee that God would fulfill his promises. That is why Paul urged people to test themselves to see if they had the Spirit (Romans 8:9-10; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Ephesians 1:13-14). Without the deposit of the Holy Spirit in your life you do not have the guarantee of your mortal body being swallowed up by life. If you do not have the Spirit of Christ within you, you are not a believer in Jesus. You may know about him. You may think you know him, but you do not. This is serious for Paul. He knows that the sufferings of this world can be withstood by the believer because of the presence of and power of the Holy Spirit’s presence. As you go through this day, pause to consider how you know you are in Christ. Consider how you know you have been saved—born again. Do you have the Spirit within you as a guarantee and as a strength to live each moment?