During an Olympic boxing match, the favorite to win the gold medal was disqualified. Critics of this decision in the media labeled it as “the Raw Deal.” This nickname stuck with this boxer for a period of time. However, when Evander Holyfield became the heavy weight champion of the world, he urged his followers professing, “I’m the real deal,” not the raw deal anymore.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, Romans 6:23.
Since this nickname was adopted, others have come forward in various areas of life to claim, “no I’m the real deal.” The Hardees fast food chain even introduced a value meal called the Real Deal after the former heavy weight champ. Yet, what separate Evander from most boxers is his devout and vocal testimony of his faith in Christ. Like any believer he has stumbled and fallen, but God’s grace seals the deal to the promises within the Bible.
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life, 1 John 5:13.
Well before Evander Holyfield was born, the authors of the Bible introduced a spiritual real deal. The apostle Paul refers to a gift from God. The context is based upon the fact that the sinful actions of mankind deserve death. Yet, Jesus came to seek and to save the lost, Luke 19:10. The disciple whom Jesus loved takes this concept one step further, claiming you can know for sure. While many will claim to be the real deal, put your hope, faith and trust in that which is eternal.
by Jay Mankus