In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:11-14
Guarantees are only as good as the person or company backing them. I remember back in 1985 when I purchased a new Honda Civic and was talked into buying an additional dealership warranty. “Just bring it into any Honda dealership and it will be taken care of.” Well, you probably guessed the outcome. After the original warranty was over and I took my car into a dealership for repair, of course what was wrong was not covered or you need to take it back to the original dealer to get that done. Round and round and in the end the only thing the extended warranty was good for wad fire starter.
Eventually the dealership went out of business but not before selling many people extended warranties. In fact today, Consumer reports will tell you that in most instances these guarantees are useless. And for most anything a guarantee is only good so long as the person or company making it is still around to perform.
So many people were ruined financially relying on guarantees for financial advisors promising safe and hefty returns on their investments. Only later did they find out that their money went to pay off the early investors and now there was nothing left. At least nothing that could be found. Those guarantees were as worthless as my extended warranty. No most of the time we will be disappointed by the guarantees we receive. People will let us down and sometimes outright lie.
But Paul tells us today we have a guarantee we can count on. It is money in the bank and this bank will never close or go bankrupt. When we invest our lives in Christ the returns are beyond our wildest imaginations. He guarantees us eternal life. When God guarantees it, it will happen. Nothing can take it away because God has given it to us. When we chose to believe in Christ we were guaranteed an inheritance in heaven, a place in His kingdom. You can count on it.
Have a blessed day,