Scripture Reading: Romans 8:18-25
“And not only the creation, but we ourselves who have the first fruits of the Spirit, grown inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons.” (Romans 8:23)
When we reflect on the glory that we will one day experience, we ought to long for Christ to return. As we have seen, on this earth we will face difficulties, pain, suffering and death. But God has something better for us — “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (v. 18).
God has given the Holy Spirit to us as a pledge of what is yet to come. We have been sealed with the Holy Spirit “who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it” (Ephesians 1:13,14). We are therefore given “the first fruits of the Spirit” to enable us to live our lives to God’s glory and to empower us to face the difficulties we will encounter on this earth. We are not alone in our pilgrimage here!
Yet we long for the day when Jesus comes back. When He does, we will receive our glorified bodies (I Corinthians 15:42-49) and we will live in the new heavens and the new earth where there will be no more sin and sorrow (II Peter 3:13).
Now we live with a great hope of eternal life with our Savior. “For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience” (vs. 24,25). We live now on this earth with the Spirit as our pledge of what we wait patiently for — the day of our full salvation when we are glorified with Christ.
O Holy Spirit, I know that you are the pledge of my inheritance from my heavenly Father. I know that You live in me and that You give me the power to face whatever difficulties I may experience on my earthly pilgrimage. I also eagerly await the day when Jesus returns and I am glorified with Him.
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