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

Savior Jesus.

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.