Ephesians 1:13-14 New International Version (NIV)
13” And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”
The day of our rebirth in Christ opens up a brand new account. Like every account we have, there is always a deposit made. The Holy Spirit is God’s seal, a free gift bought by Jesus our Savior, given to deposit. Unlike the accounts in this world, this is the highest type of account to man. Your sins can never over draw this account, because God’s signature is the seal. He promises you are His child forever.
My questionable prayer to the Lord sounds like this: “Dear Jesus, how can I make this account grow? What other deposits or interests can be made?”
The whisper I hear from Him is simple; “I gave you Gifts of the Spirit. The answer is there.”
1 Corinthians 12:7-11New International Version (NIV)
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He distributes them to each one, just as He determines.”
When I read the scripture above on the different type of gifts He gives us, I realize they are a form of “work”. Verse 11 says, “all of these are the work of one and the same Spirit.” Work usually adds to an account. Good work. A job in this world will allow us to have food, a roof over our head, and other needs that He has provided for us to earn in that fashion. So, growing in the Spirit, is also a way to provide needs, not only our own, but the others who need Christ. The needs of the Spirit within us, is to spread the Good News of salvation. The Spirit will give us the tools, “the gifts” that are needed in each of us towards the inheritance of our accounts given by the grace of God.
Ephesians 1: 13-14 New International Version (NIV)
13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
Every job requires the proper tools, every job requires strength and perseverance to finish it. What are our tools? The gifts we are given by the Holy Spirit are the tools. We do not get to choose them, nor does anyone else. No one has the same gifts for a reason. God wants us all to work together for the largest account! The Kingdom of God! His Account! In our oneness with Christ, how many accounts of His promised inheritance do you suppose there is? It is mathematically divine, He is” The Heavenly Bank”. His “Love Account” is freely given through the blood of His Son, Jesus.