2 Corinthians 1:21-22 – Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (NIV)
One thing that really gets me going is to buy something, get it home, and find out that it does not work. After spending money on something, I want it to work. I want to be able to pull it out of its box, plug it in, and operate it. We do have some protection, because many items today have warranties with them. The manufacturers are saying that this item will work, or else they will repair it or replace it. We especially see this with high-priced items, like cars. We do not want to spend a lot of money and find out that the vehicle does not work, so we have warranties in place to guarantee to us that the product will work.
Do we have any guarantees from God? Reading today's scripture, we see that the Holy Spirit is God's guarantee or promise of eternal life for those who believe. We know this because of the empty tomb. God raised Christ. He accepted his sacrifice for our sins, and, with the same Spirit that raised Christ, we will have eternal life.
Romans 8:11 – And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. (NIV)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we give thanks and praise to you that you do not leave us in doubt. With the empty tomb, we know that you are faithful to those who believe in you. The same Spirit that raised Christ will also be in us and will give us eternal life. In Jesus' name. Amen.