Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 24, 2015

Patiently Waiting for Redemption: The Promise, Pledge, and Patience of the Holy Spirit

Today’s devotion comes from Ruth Chapter 3.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ruth+3&version=NASB

“10 Then he (Boaz) said, “May you (Ruth) be blessed of the Lord, my daughter.  You have shown your last kindness to be better than the first by not going after young men, whether poor or rich.  11 Now, my daughter, do not fear.  I will do for you whatever you ask, for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence.  12 Now it is true I am a close relative;  however, there is a relative closer than I.  13 Remain this night, and when morning comes, if he will redeem you, good;  let him redeem you.  But if he does not wish to redeem you, then I will redeem you, as the Lord lives. Lie down until morning.”

14 So she lay at his feet until morning and rose before one could recognize another; and he said, “Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.”  15 Again he said, “Give me the cloak that is on you and hold it.”  So she held it, and he measured six measures of barley and laid it on her.  Then she went into the city.  16 When she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “How did it go, my daughter?”  And she told her all that the man had done for her.  17 She said, “These six measures of barley he gave to me, for he said, ‘Do not go to your mother-in-law empty-handed.’”  18 Then she said, “Wait, my daughter, until you know how the matter turns out;  for the man will not rest until he has settled it today.”  Ruth 3:10-18.

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Today’s Scripture gives us insight into spiritual redemption of our bodies.  The six measures of barley signify the first fruits of the Spirit given to us as a promise and pledge of our inheritance of the redemption of our bodies to cause us wait patiently for the redemption of our bodies to occur.  

“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”  Ephesians 1:13-14.

“And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.  For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope;  for who hopes for what he already sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.”  Romans 8:23-25.

“And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.”  Hebrews 11:29-40.

“But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.  The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”  2 Peter 3:8-9.

“Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.  But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory.  O death, where is your victory?  O death, where is your sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;  but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 15:51-58.

The fruit of the Spirit of patience (Galatians 5:22) causes us to wait patiently while we wait for this glorious redemption of our bodies.  


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