Elders Message September 2021
Eternal Life Insurance
Millions of people have found the security and comfort of investing
in a risk pool (aka insurance). Modest regular payments guarantee
that in the event of death the individual’s survivors will be compensated
for the loss of the breadwinner. All of the major parts of our lives
can be protected in this way—lives, home, furnishings, health, and
automobiles. Financial contracts like those allow us to live securely,
without fear of financial disaster.
The Holy Spirit is your broker of eternal life insurance, and Jesus
Christ has paid the premiums for you! Although you live in a broken
world as a broken individual, although you are mortal and know that
your time here is fleeting, although you are a sinner and are owed
nothing by God, the Spirit brings you the unconditional love of your
“You also were included in Christ when you heard the message of
the truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were
marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit
guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are
God’s possession—to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13,14). Your
baptism initiated a new relationship with God. Through Christ he has
forgiven all your sins and claimed you as his child. He has obligated
himself to care for you and has made you an heir of heaven.
Your baptism is a deposit, a down payment. Soon, soon you will cash
in that policy for the real thing.