"He annointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come." 2 Cor. 1:22
Today I used my last Forever Stamp. Now they are history and the confusion begins. I have a fit with postage stamps, because they raise the prices really frequently. We have a drawer with lots of stamps, all with different prices, and I have no idea which is the current one to use! I could just pick out the higest priced one, but then what if they have raised the price since we bought it? I understand that the post office needs to raise the prices, but why put the price on the stamp? This serves no purpose at all. I don't need to know how much I paid for it, I need to know if it's still a current stamp. So my suggestion is that the post office take a cue from the grocery stores. Instead of the price, put the expiration date on the stamp!! Long ago, groceries used to have prices on them, till prices started to change so often. So now they just have expiration dates. A while ago, they sold Forever Stamps for a short time. You bought them, and they were good forever, no matter how many times the prices changed after that. But now I've used them all up. Did you know that God gives us a Forever Stamp? He already paid the price for us, which will never be raised. He has maked us as his own with this stamp, and we are signed, sealed, and DELIVERED. Guaranteed. We are marked as the children of God. And unlike the post office, which only sold these stamps for a short time, God's stamp is always waiting for us to accept it. All because of his great love for us.
"And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possesion-to the praise of his glory." Ephesians 1:13,14