Who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
The apostle Paul wanted the Corinthians to know that the message of Christ and God’s promises were not “Yes and No” (2 Corinthians 1:19), contradictory or wishy-washy. God is faithful and positive, and He has sealed true Christians and given them the Holy Spirit. “Sealing indicates ownership and security” (Nelson’s NKJV Study Bible, note on 2 Corinthians 1:21-22).
The gift of the Holy Spirit is like a down payment on the future blessings and eternal life that God offers to those who repent, are baptized, receive the Holy Spirit and commit to living a life of obedience that is pleasing to God.
For more about the gift of the Holy Spirit, see “How Do You Know You Have the Holy Spirit?”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Not Ignorant of His Devices.”