"Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God's Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete." (2 Corinthians 1:21-22, The Message)

Promise: a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future

Objective: the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)


Today British Petroleum (BP) is going to use a "top kill process" in an attempt to stop the flow of oil from the underwater well in the Gulf of Mexico.

"The primary objective of the top kill process is to put heavy kill mud into the well so that it reduces the pressure and then the flow from the well. Once the kill mud is in the well and it's shut down, then we follow up with cement to plug the leak." (www.bp.com)

This reminds me of what the Father does with those in Christ.

The "flow of oil" was our sin nature, polluting us and all of creation.

He put His Spirit in us, to shut down the flow.

We follow-up by living a life by the Spirit who is life, as co-laborers in Christ's sufferings so that we can share in his glory. (Romans 8:16-18; Galatians 5:16-25)

There is a difference, though.

Yahweh's "promise" is not "an objective."

It is a promise of what He began in us in Christ Jesus and what He will complete. (Philippians 1:3-5)


Scripture taken from The Message. ©1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

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Comment by Elman Authement on May 27, 2010 at 8:50pm
I love this analogy and know this works in the believer's life. I just pray it works in the Gulf. This weekend, as also the last two weekends, I've been going to a good friends camp in Cocodrie,La. which is just 15 minutes by boat to the Gulf. It's saddening to know that the very thing we love to do most, (fishing, water sports, etc.) could become non-existent maybe by this weekend. The oil is very close to where we spend most of our weekends.


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