God’s Layaway Plan (GLMX #464)
This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #464 titled, “God’s Layaway Plan” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
Many of the larger stores throughout the nation have a “layaway” plan for the sale of merchandise through which a purchaser can have an item held for him by making a small down payment on it. The article is held by the store until paid for and then delivered to the customer.
God has a “layaway” plan for those who have received His Son as their Savior. In common with the plans frequently used in merchandising, it has to do with something that is laid away for future possession. Unlike the store “layaway” plan in which the buyer pays the full price as he is able, God’s plan has to do with holding for us in Heaven something already paid for.
In his letter to the Colossian believers, the Apostle Paul spoke of “the hope which is laid up [literally “laid away”] for you in heaven”. That hope includes a number of wonderful things.
It is the hope of the completion of perfection of our salvation. When we receive Christ as our Savior, God saves us from the penalty of sin. As we trust Jesus Christ day by day, He delivers us from the power of sin. When the redeemed stand in His glorious presence, they shall be forever delivered from the presence of sin. We shall be like Christ in perfection.
That hope includes the redemption of the body. Our present bodies are subject to sickness and death. But these mortal bodies shall give way to immortal, spiritual bodies fit for Heaven and eternity (See I Corinthians 15:52-54; Romans 8:23)!
The believer looks forward also to a heavenly inheritance. The Apostle Peter wrote of it in I Peter 1:3-5, saying that we have been “…begotten…again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, RESERVED in heaven for you, who are KEPT by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time”.
No earthly “layaway” plan both reserves the article for the customer and keeps the customer for the article. God’s plan does. Our inheritance is reserved in Heaven for us. We are kept by God’s power so that we may receive our inheritance!
God has laid away this heavenly inheritance for His children. As the Apostle Paul expresses it Romans 8:17, “if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ…”. This glorious inheritance is not something worked for and earned. It is God’s gracious gift to His children. Christ purchased it for us through the shedding of His Blood.
Lost members of Adam’s fallen race become children of God by receiving God’s Son as their Savior. The Bible states in John 1:12, “as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” For those who have trusted Him as their Savior, Christ has gone to prepare a place among the many mansions in His Father’s House. Jesus Christ said in John 14:1-3, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
Have you a hope laid away in Heaven? Do you have confidence concerning eternal things? If not, you need to receive Christ as your Savior. As a result of trusting Him as your Savior, you pass from spiritual death to spiritual life now, and in the life to come shall not come into condemning judgment for sin. Jesus Christ said in John 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life”. Now is the time to trust Him. Do it now. Now is the only time you have. Do not put off what you should do now. The Bible says Acts 16:31, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved”.
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour in the free pardon of your sins. Allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for your souls salvation from the power of sin and from the punishment of sin in that awful place called Hell. Please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.
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