Reconcile – One Step Closer
do you see that? look a litter closer. it’s on his right bicep. yes, that’s the larry o’brien trophy that is awarded to the nba franchise that wins the nba finals. and no, he didn’t scramble to the nearest tattoo parlor in miami directly after the game 6, championship-clinching victory over the heat to get inked up. jason “the jet” terry got that tattoo before the start of the 2010-2011 season. in full faith, the jet basically guaranteed that the mavericks would be the 2011 nba world champions.
jason the jet terry > harold camping.
don’t miss this. jason terry believed the mavericks were going to win the championship. he then got a permanent tattoo of the prime tangible reward on the inside of his arm (the same arm responsible for lighting lebron up). and then after the job was done, inherited the reward.
13 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, 14 who is the guarantee  of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,  to the praise of his glory.
when we hear the gospel of Jesus Christ as it pertains to our salvation (that God created us all good, then we sinned and were separated from an all good God, then bad/corruption ensued but immediately after we sinned God, being good, promised a good savior through Jesus Christ despite the bad/corruption of mankind and the world to come, then God being good came down as Christ and was good for life but died for our bad selves and whosoever believes in Him shall obtain eternal life – #quick) – by grace it sinks into the depths of our wretched souls, only to liberate us from death, to life, upon belief. if we reject that, well, hell – no pitchfork.
after liberation comes permeation, in which the Holy Spirit of God literally takes residence inside of us, giving us life, just as it did for the one-time-virgin mary. this Holy Ghost not only powers us to be Christ-like, He seals us for everything that God has promised to us, including Himself! but this is no ordinary lick-the-envelope seal. this is a “once saved, always saved” type of seal …
sphragizo from sphragis = seal, engraved object used to make a mark – denoting ownership, approval, or closure of something normally done by pressing into heated wax usually attached to a document or letter) means to set a seal upon or to mark with a seal. To mark so as to certify that something is so. Seals were used to make something secure, to serve as a guarantee of the correctness of the contents, to indicate authenticity, to indicate ownership. Sacrificial animals were examined and sealed if perfect. Jars, sacks of fruit or grain were sealed. To mark with a seal as a means of identification in Greek secular writings was used to mark all kinds of animals, so that the mark denoting ownership also carries with it the protection of the owner. – (http://preceptaustin.org)
i hope you didn’t miss that! those of us in Christ are permanently stamped, in a tattoo manner, with the promised Spirit of God, who is our owner (God that is). we are secure in Him and will inherit what He has for us, and this is not of our doing, but simply because of Christ winning, for us, the game of life that we couldn’t win! even believing in the Him of the gospel is by grace!
are you “tatted?” if not, just believe! after liberation and permeation comes celebration! thank you Jesus!