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21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22 KJV)
This verse is giving us assurance that if you are born again, you are established, or fixed, in Christ. It is meant to give us confidence that our salvation is fixed and sure, unless you blasphemy the Holy Ghost (Matthew 12:31-32), or fail to obey Jesus (Hebrews 5:9).
The anointing is the baptism of the Holy Ghost (1 John 2:27), and is separate from the born again experience. If you have been water baptized, as Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:19), you received the Holy Ghost then, if not you need to pray for it, if you have been born again. Even Jesus didnít start his ministry until the Holy Spirit anointed him upon His baptism. Every believer needs the baptism of the Holy Ghost to have power in his life on earth, and be able to walk in the power of God (Acts 1:8).
The sealing in these
verses, is very important, as it assures us of the security of our salvation,
unless you blasphemy the Holy Ghost, or become reprobate (Romans 1:28), or
disobey Jesus, and is the protection of our new born again spirits against any
defilement from sin in our lives (Ephesians 1:13). The Holy Spirit is the down
payment of our inheritance in Christ Jesus, assuring us that we will be fully
redeemed, unless you blasphemy the Holy Ghost, or reject, or disobey, Jesus.
Praise God for all His wonderful gifts to us, His children.
Devotional by Pastor Joe W. Green, www.Infinite-Faith.com
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