Our theme for this month: “Understanding Salvation”
Our Bible verse for today: “The Holy Spirit is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of the possession, to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:14 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “The Holy Spirit is the down payment of what is to come.”
In his great little book, “The Doctrine of Salvation”, Dr. Darrell Robinson explains, “Salvation encompasses the total life of the believer – past, present, and future. It may be viewed as three stages: as an instantaneous act, a continuing process, and a glorious consummation. The believer can say, “I have been saved” (see Romans 10:9-10), “I am being saved”, (see 1 Corinthians 1:18), and “I will be saved” (see Romans 13:11).
In Ephesians 1:14 the Apostle Paul writes that the Holy Spirit was given to us as a down payment of our inheritance. A down payment is a first payment that is made to initiate a transaction, and it comes with the promise that more payments will be made, and will continue to be made, until the full transaction has been completed.
We’ve already learned that in the first stage of the salvation process (Forgiveness), you were given the Holy Spirit as a gift from God. When Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit is the down payment of what we will inherit from our heavenly Father as a result of being His adopted children, he means that the gift of the Spirit was just the first step as you now begin to receive your full inheritance as a child of God. From that point forward there will continue to be installments paid out to you as you continue to receive more and more of your inheritance. Those installments come to you mostly during the second phase of the salvation process, the phase we call sanctification. The final installment will be given to you once you arrive in heaven. Then you will have received your full inheritance.
The sad part is that some people are not allowing God to give them their full inheritance. They did receive the down payment of the Spirit, but since then they have not been open to receiving more from God. They have essentially closed the account and are not allowing Him to make additional deposits into their life.
An important part of the sanctification process is to continue to place yourself in a position before God everyday whereby He can deposit into your life all He wants you to have. This is accomplished by practicing the basic disciplines of the Christian life which include prayer, Bible study, worship, fellowship with other Christians, acts of service in the name of Jesus, etc.
The gift of the Spirit was only the down payment. There is much more you are entitled to as a child of God, and which your heavenly Father wants to give you. Are you receiving your full inheritance?