“Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” (2 Cor 1:21-22)
The promised Holy Spirit is a seal. God gives His Holy Spirit to His believers as a guarantee of our inheritance from heaven. The fact that God has chosen us to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and poured out His promised Holy Spirit on us as a seal and guarantee is a powerful testimony that our hope in Christ is sure.
“and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.” (1Cor 10:4)
The word “rock” is often used metaphorically in the Bible to speak of God and Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, it often uses rock to prefigure the Messiah – Jesus Christ. In the New Testament, Christ is the spiritual Rock from whom the water of life flows.
Death cannot praise you…… the living man, he shall praise you, as I do this day; the father shall make known your truth to the children.
King Hezekiah was no stranger to God’s works. His zeal for God had restored true worship in Judah, and God had delivered him from the king of Assyria with an extraordinary miracle. But when he was sick and near death, he must have felt unprepared and even filled with bitterness. In a little passage in Isaiah 38, he wrote down what was in his heart: “In the prime of my life, I shall go to the gates of Sheol”, he lamented, “I am deprived of the remainder of my years”.
Still I am certain to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Ps 27:13 (BSB)
Sometimes God resolves our problems immediately. Other times God seems silent. When problems arise, we may be confident in God’s help and kneel before Him with a hopeful heart. But when hours, days, and years go by, and there is still no improvement to our situation, we may feel discouraged, afraid, or even angry. These are natural responses to uncertainty and distress, but if we focus on these negative feelings, we may eventually lose hope and doubt God.
After years of making spiritual determinations to change, we may question ourselves: “Is it even possible for me to transform?” We may have struggled for many years with the same problems, never seeming to be completely liberated from the things we wanted to get rid of. Sometimes, we are not even sure we want to change. “Is it even worth it?” we may wonder.