Established, Anointed, Sealed

February 27, 2009 at 10:45 am | Posted in It's All About God, Security and Assurance, Theology | 2 Comments

2 Corinthians 1:21-22.  “It is God who establishes us together with you in Christ and who anointed us, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a down payment.” (NET)  This short statement is full of great theology; in fact, I see three major theological topics covered here.  First is the Reformed position on salvation.  It’s all about God; he is the one who does it all.  In this passage God does four things.  He establishes his people in Christ; he anointed them for service; he sealed them; and he gave them the Spirit as a down payment.  Being Christian is, from start to finish, all about what God does rather than about what we do.  The second major topic here is the Perseverance of the Saints.  Both the seal and the down payment are matters of permanence.  When something is sealed, it is made secure.  When God established us as his own and anointed us to his service, he sealed us in that position.  We are forever his.  When a down payment is made, it is a promise of something more to come.  Ephesians calls that something more to come after the down payment as our eternal inheritance (1:14).  God’s gift of the Holy Spirit is his promise to give us the rest of that inheritance.  Nothing is more secure than God’s unconditional promise.  The third major theological theme taught here is the Trinity.  Each person of the Trinity is mentioned as a part of our salvation.  We are established, anointed and sealed by God the Father; we are established in God the Son; we are sealed and assured by God the Holy Spirit.  Great verses to ponder!



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  1. Great blog and hope to have some time soon to come back and read more!

  2. Katie, Thanks for the feedback! I hope you come back soon too.

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