Earnest Down

When you make an offer on a home, you are required to put earnest money down which shows your seriousness about your desire to purchase the property.  After the offer has been accepted, you go about finalizing the payment plan whether you have cash to pay for it outright or whether you secure it through a loan.  Either way, you’ve said that you want this property and you’ll go do whatever it takes to purchase it and come back later to claim it as your own.

Earnest Definition:  “An earnest payment is a specific form of security deposit made in some major transactions such as real estate dealings or required by some official Procurement processes to demonstrate that the applicant is serious and willing to demonstrate an earnest of good faith about wanting to complete the transaction.”
Jesus Christ, our redeemer, has put down earnest money for those who believe in Him.  He has given an earnest gift, which is His promise that He is serious about His desire to have you as His own and with that promised earnest gift, He has stated that He was going off to finalize the payment and come back to claim His purchase.  That gift He gave was the Holy Spirit that resides in all believers.  It is a part of Him that He chose to gave to us to help, guide, and comfort us until His return.  This is His seal.
  • “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,”  Ephesians 1:13
  • “By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.”  2 Timothy 1:14
  • “Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.”  Acts 2:33
  • And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  Acts 2:38
  • “and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”  Romans 5:5
Jesus Christ is our redeemer from the curse of sin.
  • “Our Redeemer—the Lord of hosts is his name— is the Holy One of Israel.”  Isaiah 47:4
  • “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— ”  Galations 3:13
  • “It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb,”  Revelation 14:4
Because God likes to paint pictures multiple times so that we can understand a concept more clearly, we can see that God has shown us a picture of this story in the book of Ruth.  Boaz (a Jew) married Ruth, a gentile widowed woman who needed to be redeemed.  Upon his promise of marrying her, he sent her with earnest gifts of barley (the firstfruits) for her to take to her mother-in-law.  This was his guarantee that he would fulfill his promise to her to marry and redeem her.  Read the book of Ruth for the full details of this amazing story.
“[Boaz] said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer.” Ruth 3:9
  • “17 And [Ruth said to Naomi, her mother in law] said, “These six measures of barley [Boaz] gave me; for he said to me, ‘Go not empty unto thy mother-in-law.’” 18 Then said she, “Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall; for the man will not be in rest until he hath finished the thing this day.””  Ruth 3: 17-18
  • “Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel!”  Ruth 4:14
“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. ;”  Job 19:25
Thank you God, that you love and care for the nation of Israel (as represented by Boaz), but that you also love and care for the rest of the world (gentiles as represented by Ruth) and that both Israel & the gentiles will become one in your family.  Thank you that you have made Jesus our redeemer and have given us a promise that he will come back for his bride.  We are so appreciative of the Holy Spirit in our lives to help us to live right and comfort us in times of need.  In Jesus name.  Amen.