More than half a century ago I received a truly awesome gift, a Promissory Note of inestimable value. At the time I was not quite sure that the gift was intended for me: I had done nothing to deserve it, nor was I likely ever to merit such a gift. And it was of such value that I would never in a million years be able to buy anything like it. I didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry, and I can remember doing quite a lot of both.
At first I wanted to shout from the rooftops, “Look at my wonderful gift – you can have one too!” but no-one seemed to appreciate the beauty or the value of my gift. What is more, the friends I thought I had mocked me and told me to be quiet, the gift was worth practically nothing, and I would probably forget all about it in a week or two.
So I laid it aside in a safe place and only took it out to read it, to handle it, to consider its value and think about the love of the giver. This was not very satisfactory and eventually I framed it and hung it on the wall of my living room where anyone visiting would see it. Some ignored it and some commented, which gave me an opportunity to speak about it, and if they seemed interested to tell them that they too had an opportunity of receiving the same gift.
One person told me that it was of little value at this time as the final settlement date was still future; however I was able to show that while this may be the case in the usual Promissory Note, in the Divine Promissory Note there are qualifiers making available a host of secondary gifts for immediate use, and that I had already taken advantage of several of those offered. It was like having smaller Bills of Exchange attached to the original Promissory Note which were available in any time of need.
In this way I exchanged my filthy rags of morality for His rich robes of righteousness; my ill-health and incipient blindness for normal health and perfect sight; my doubt and despair for His hope and comfort - and so through many years I have exchanged my lack for His fullness.
For this Gift-Giver is of course the Creator God, the King of kings: Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The Creator has given me new life; in the process of which the Father has given me a new identity – I have now become His daughter. The Son has not only bought my entrance into the family, He is in the process of preparing the new home I shall enter as His bride. The Holy Ghost is my constant Companion, Comforter, Helper, Teacher and Advocate.
I have come to see that the Bills of Exchange that I depend on daily are the means of preparation for the time I finally enter my new home as a bride, a princess, the daughter of the King, and I am grateful for the cleansing and the grooming to enable me to enter the throne room without fear or shame.
All of this is contained in the Promissory Note – my new birth certificate, the marriage certificate is ready for the wedding day, and the cancelled death certificate that confirms my eternal welcome in the King’s presence.
Is my joy and hope infectious? Would you like to stand in my shoes? Would you like to hold a Promissory Note of your own? You may.
My Promissory Note is inscribed within the pages of the Bible. The title page is inscribed: “For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him may not be lost, but have eternal life.” When we accept the sacrifice of His Son, the Father says, “I will receive you, and will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters.” The Bridegroom’s promise is, “I go to prepare a place for you. I will come again and receive you to myself.” And the promise of our constant Companion, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, the Father will send in my name...”
These and many more precious promises the Holy Ghost will show you in Jesus Name.
John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 6:17, 18; John 14:2, 3; John 14:26.
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