SCRIPTURE:  Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 ESV

THOUGHT: Don’t you hate that moment when you’re about to spend hundreds of dollars on something and you see those little words, “guaranteed to be free of defects for one year”? Oh wow, I think, what kind of a warranty is that? But, unfortunately, my 2nd choice says the same thing.

God’s workmanship achieves a higher standard, and his promises reflect that.

Paul’s final blessing in his first letter to the Thessalonians states this powerful guarantee: God is personally involved in sanctifying (making holy) each believer completely, keeping our whole spirit and soul and body blameless until Jesus comes for us.

Those are some incredible promises for those of us accustomed to a 1-year warranty. How can he guarantee total holiness and faultlessness? Because we are clothed in his righteousness, forgiven the moment we repent, and because of the down payment of the Holy Spirit, changing us from the inside out. “It is no longer I who live, but Christ in me,” Paul tells the Galatians (2:20).

God’s perfect guarantee ends: He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. It is God’s character to be faithful; our job is to journey to the end with faith.

PRAYER: Oh God, your guarantee is nothing short of astonishing. So glad that I am your workmanship, rather than a product of this world.

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