...and may be guaranteed...
Thoughts for Today:My wife Sherry has been shopping for a "Dutch Oven" (an enamel coated cast iron pot for cooking stews and such on the stove). Sherry is a good cook as well as a prudent shopper -- she wants to make sure whatever she buys is a quality item because she fully expects to use it for a "lifetime" -- as many manufacturers represent. So she has been reading a lot of fine print on guarantees lately.
The bold print says "Full or Unlimited Guaranty", but the fine print reads entirely different. In fact, there are so many disclaimers and exceptions it would appear actually collecting on a warranty or guaranty would be extremely difficult if not impossible to do. The salesman says: "It's a full and complete warranty against manufacturer's defects." But who decides what's a defect versus normal wear and tear? If something is supposed to last a lifetime -- doesn't the manufacturer take into account that someone might drop it occasionally? Aren't mistakes a part of living? Should that void a guaranty?
In our passage today, Paul tells us God's righteous -- which is given to us when we believe -- is guaranteed. So where is the fine print? Are there any exclusions or exceptions? Paul will soon tell us there aren't any exceptions -- it is offered to "all". God's promise of righteousness is the ultimate eternal guaranty -- open to anyone who believes God did what He said He did on the cross when He declared: "It is finished" (John 19:30).
Questions to Ponder:Are you through trying to read the fine print? When will you finally take God at His word? The blood of His son has cleansed us of all unrighteousness. Will you accept His gift? It is a guaranty for all of eternity.