By Andrea Merrell
For all of God's promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding "Yes!" And through Christ, our "Amen (which means "Yes") ascends to God for His glory. 2 Corinthians 1:20 NLT
Years ago, as a young mother of two with a very tight budget, the best option for purchasing gifts, especially at Christmas, was to use the lay-a-way plan. With a small down payment, my items were tagged with my name and placed in a secure area. As long as I made the required installments each week, the items would be there until I redeemed them.
It’s the same with God’s promises. Every one of them were placed in a heavenly lay-a-way plan. He has identified us as His own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything He has promised us (2 Corinthians 1:21-22 NLT).
The AMPC puts it this way: [He has also appropriated and acknowledged us as His by] putting His seal upon us and giving us His [Holy] Spirit in our hearts as the security deposit and guarantee [of the fulfillment of His promise].
The down payment (or security deposit) was the Holy Spirit. This was our guarantee that everything He promised could be ours.
When I made the final payment on my lay-a-way items, I could take them home. They belonged to me.
When Jesus made the final installment by sacrificing His life, the price was paid in full. Redeemed. The promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding yes and amen! They now belong to us.
Dig into God’s Word to find all the treasures that are waiting for you. All you have to do is believe and receive.