2 Corinthians 5:5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
The Apostle Paul in this text, informs us that God has done something in us through His Holy Spirit by way of “salvation” that guarantees our future with Him.
Paul calls it “what is to come.” He is here referencing God’s guaranteed, future promise of eternal life with the Father in heaven for the believer.
Until that time, while we are here on earth, God is working in us to conform us into the likeness of His Son Jesus.
God is committed to this great work and end for all of us who believe in Him and confess Him as Lord and Savior.
In God’s will to have us spend eternity in heaven with Him, He deposited the Holy Spirit on the inside of us as a down payment or an assurance of eternal life with Him at the moment of our confession of faith in Him.
Yes, God lives on the inside of you and I by means of His Holy Spirit who operates in and through us for God’s purpose and for God’s glory.
Think about a few of the benefits we were given when this ‘GREAT’ deposit called the Holy Spirit was given to us.
When the Holy Spirit came to live inside of us, He guaranteed us that He is a foretaste of what God will one day reveal to us. He is a good worker in us, He intercedes on our behalf, He comforts us when we need to be comforted, He guides and protects us when needed and He has given us rights to God the Father as His children. As a matter of fact, because of who he is in us, we have become heir with God and joint heir with Christ.
The Holy Spirit gives evidence of this new life that is brought on by the “deposit” of the Holy Spirit in it’s producing of the fruit of the spirit within us just to name a few.
The Holy Spirit is indeed a “deposit” or down payment of what God is yet to do is us, through us and for us.
Philippians 1:6-And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
The Apostle Paul asked this question in 1 Corinthians 6:19-Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
If the Spirit of Christ lives in you, you are not controlled by the flesh but by the Spirit. Romans 8:9-You, however, are controlled not by the flesh, but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, He does not belong to Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17- Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. In other words, the Holy spirit comes to live inside a soul dead in sin and creates a new life within him or her.
God gave us the Holy Spirit to guarantee the complete fulfillment of every promise He has made to us.
The holy spirit is our “deposit” and “hope” of what is to come for the believer.
Do you have this blessed assurance living on the inside of you? If not, you can for He is a free gift from God. It cost you nothing for Christ has already paid the price for you at Calvary.
Will you accept God’s free gift of salvation? If you do, this guaranteed “deposit” called the ‘Holy Spirit” will come and live in you too.
The assurance of the Holy Spirit is this: “God will finish what He started”! He guarantees it and He is the only one who is truly a Promise Keeper. Man changes, but God changes not. His Word is true and He will bring them to pass.
I want to leave you with these words to an old familiar hymn called Blessed Assurance. Here are a few words from the lyrics.
Blessed Assurance Jesus is mine. O what a foretaste of glory divine heir of salvation, purchased of God, born of His Spirit, washed in His blood, This is my story, this is my song. Praising my Savior all the day long. This is my story, this is my song. Perfect submission, perfect delight. Visions of rapture now burst on my sight. Angels descending, bring from above Echoes of mercy, whispers of love. This is my story, this is my song. Praising my Savior all the day long.