In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

It was Saturday afternoon and my house was filled with the delicious smell of roasted pork. Parris wasn’t home, but dinner was obviously cooking in the oven. The smells were almost irresistible. I was hungry and the aroma was driving me crazy. I was waiting for dinner, but I already had a good idea of what the delicious meal would be like, the smells had given me a clear indication of what was to come. That is exactly what Paul was describing in today’s verses. Inside of all of us is a longing, it could be described as a hunger, to be in heaven with the Lord. The outpourings of the Spirit provide a fragrance or even a foretaste of the pleasures we will experience in His presence. This joy is not only promised, but the measure of His presence that we receive in this life is a clear indication of the “pleasures evermore” that we are about to step into. Jonathan Edwards spoke often of the attraction of the Spirit. His church had been deeply impacted by outpourings that had begun in his church in 1734. Listen to his take on the earnest or down payment of our inheritance.

“The Holy Spirit is the purchased possession and inheritance of the saints, as appears, because that little of it which the saints have in this world is said to be the earnest of that purchased inheritance, (Eph. 1:13,14; 2 Cor. 1:22, v.5.) ‘Tis an earnest of that which we are to have a fulness of hereafter. The Holy Ghost is the great subject of all gospel promises, and therefore is called the Spirit of promise, (Eph.1:13.) He is called the promise of the Father, (Luke 24:49.)”

The Holy Spirit is the great subject of all gospel promises, I love that. God Himself, in the person of the Holy Spirit, is the fulfillment of all God’s promises given to us in Christ. What could be better, what could He give us more valuable than Himself? He is the foretaste of the joy of heaven. Do you smell that heavenly fragrance? I think the gospel feast is almost ready. If the heavenly banquet is anything like these smells, heaven is going to be quite a place.

3 thoughts on “THE SMELLS OF HEAVEN”

  1. This down payment of the Holy Spirit is a real treat, ive seen so much grace given by its power, times im dead tired it gives me grace to continue and fullfill my tasks at work, im not young anymore my work is very hard, the lord threw the strenth of the holy spirit helps me outwork every one, its a testimony to myselve and others, other times sudden fear has shown up ive prayed and the holy spirit came down heavy and given us boldness to send saten running. the holy spirit has come along side to help us all, jesus said i go to the father but, i will send you the holy spirit to comfort lead you into all truth, it will lead us tell us things at the time we really need it. It gives us hope, power against the evil one, helps us make good choices the list is endless, i for one never want to take it for granted, its our very lifeline a part of god in my own thinking id never understand it but in beliveing we all do understand it and its real

  2. mark planchard

    For most people there is that other person our heart desires; our every thought captivated by them. We think about how each moment spent apart from them would be if with them. We treasure their letters by reading them over and over. We call them if only to know they are on the other end of the line. We press things they gave us to our faces to catch a lingering whiff of their scent or to just touch what they have held. We plan for the moment we can hold their hand, gaze into their eyes and talk with them person to person.
    Every Christian knows what they were made for and what satisfies them. We caught our first whiff of it at our salvation. We have those love letters from our Father. We can call Him at any time, never a busy signal. Knowing He is on the other end brings peace and confidence. We can count the blessings He so graciously has provided to His children but the greatest gift of all is His Spirit that dwells in us. This gift has a cost beyond measure. The cost that He could dwell in us was His Son, Christ Jesus.
    Lord, I pray you help me realize the preciousness of this gift only You can provide; that I would cherish and value it more and more each day. Unlike the possessions of this world teach me to share it with all of my strength and Yours. Only then might I begin to bring into focus Its true value.

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