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Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday's Message: Stablished and Sealed

In as few words as I can, I’d like to talk about 3 or 4 words in the last few verses of II Corinthians Chapter 1. 
First of all from verse 21 “Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
The word stablisheth means:  confirm, or to make sure.   It is God that makes us sure that we are in Chirst; that we are in the Beloved.  This is more than just words; it is assurance by and for Him Who is grace and power and love personified!  This truth is both taught by His written word in many places.  One is II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
“In Christ”: the position of the Believer upon receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour.  Suffice it to say; there is no greater or safer place to be, while still on this earth than in Christ.
We also read He has anointed us, meaning consecrated us to the Lord and gifting us with the gifts and talents for His use.  It is the same original word used when referring to the Lord Jesus as being the anointed One, the Messiah.  In no way referring that we are like Him in this way, but no less anointed.
Then from verse 22 “Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts”.  Sealed! Sealed by God the Father by God the Holy Spirit.  This sure sounds fully secure to me!!  Sealed : to set a seal upon, mark with a seal,  Beloved, we are marked for and by God,  and we are forever His, secure from Satan. Stablished, anointed, sealed, and lastly:
Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.”
Combined with each of the aforementioned, we have given by God the earnest of the Holy Spirit of God.
The word earnest means similar to the way we use it to today; money which in purchases is given as a pledge or down-payment that the full amount will subsequently be paid.
The biggest and best difference is that we know Jesus said while on the cross, just before He gave up the ghost:  it is FINISHED!  The debt for our sin, and purchase of our salvation and eternal life was paid in full on Calvary!
One would have to do a whole lot of rearranging, and disregarding of scripture to teach or tell you, you could lose your salvation, when the moment you and I got saved; we were stablished, anointed, sealed by God, and given the earnest of the Holy Ghost.

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