MORNINGTIME 4126by Benjamin Munsell on October 24, 2022
Now He that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, Who also hath given unto us THE EARNEST OF THE SPIRIT. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 2 Corinthians 5:5-6. "Earnest", a pledge that is part of the purchase money or property given in advance as security for the rest (of what you will later fully receive). An "Inheritance" is the full sum of what you have been promised to receive. If money is to be your inheritance, the "earnest" money is but a small part of all of what you will receive later on in life. The Earnest is a part of the eventual whole thing. The Holy Spirit is the "Earnest" of what we have been Promised to receive when we receive our full inheritance when we get to Heaven. When a Believer gets to Heaven, Christ will be his Full Inheritance. He gets a share of everything Christ has as he is now co-inheritor with Christ. But while on this earth, you'll get a small part of the inheritance called the Earnest, which is the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the Holy Spirit is the Earnest, (the Down payment, a small part of), all that we will receive upon our arrival in Heaven. It seems to be very interesting that most people seem to have such a hard time understanding just Who and What the Holy Spirit is and what He does. This hesitancy to accept the Holy Spirit may be from "don't blaspheme the Holy Spirit, it is the one Unforgivable Sin". And yet, the Holy Spirit is the One we should call out to for Comfort and Sound Teaching. Remember, that Comfort and Sound Teaching are but the Beginnings of the Glorious Life of Christ when we get to Heaven. Upon Salvation, as we "Receive" Christ as our Lord and Saviour, we actually also Receive the Holy Spirit Who brings us No Fear AND Great Comfort AND Teachings, TO PREPARE US FOR THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST WHEN WE EVENTUALLY DIE AND GO TO HEAVEN. The Holy Spirit is so Gentle He can Chasten us AND Comfort us, both at the same time to, Be Blessed.