Daily Readings: Friday, March 16, 2012

Readings:  Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 (NRSV, The Message); Daniel 12:5-13 (NRSV, The Message); Ephesians 1:7-14 (NRSV, The Message)

 

In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance towards redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.                Ephesians 1:13-14 (NRSV)

It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life. Ephesians 1:13-14 (The Message)

And you? Go about your business without fretting or worrying. Relax. When it’s all over, you will be on your feet to receive your reward.  Daniel 12:13 (The Message)

 

When I first read these passages, I wasn’t quite sure where Daniel fit in. I would have to read the passage in context to know for sure. However, it seems to be a reminder amidst all of this talk about blessing and freedom that sometimes we have to wait. Sometimes we don’t experience everything promised right now. But we do have the freedom to go about our business without worrying, knowing that in the end “we will be on our feet to receive our reward.”

And in Christ we have the “first installment” as Peterson translates it. This is from where our confidence comes.

 

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