A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
A college education is arguably a necessity and a costly endeavor for many people. So, when Natalie Dunn was narrowing down her college choice search she decided to go with the school that offered her a money back guarantee. Adrian College, a private liberal arts institution, would pay back some or all of her student debt, as long as she earned under a certain salary following her graduation. The loan repayment program is the latest innovation geared to attracting new students and easing student’s financial burden.
As good as that sounds, the apostle Paul extends an even better offer in his letter to the church in Corinth. In the opening chapter of 2 Corinthians, Paul reminds the believers that God has “…set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” Three key words in this verse are seal, deposit, and guaranteeing. A seal was an ancient mark or stamp that indicated ownership, authenticity, and value. This means that at our conversion we are welcomed into the family of God and become His children. Deposit is a commercial term indicating the first installment in a purchase or transaction. Therefore, as Christians we have been bought by Christ and are now under new ownership. In addition, we receive the Holy Spirit who guarantees all of God’s promises related to our salvation will be fulfilled.