God Will Complete His People’s Salvation

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Sealed by the Holy Spirit

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 ESV
(21) And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, (22) and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

The One who cannot fail to keep his word cannot fail to keep his people secure. The Lord God Almighty—our Father in heaven—makes us stand firm and immovable in his Son, Christ Jesus. He is the Rock of our salvation. He is our protector, our shelter, and our firm foundation. (Ps. 18:2; cf. 1 Cor. 104)

Not only so, but when—by his Spirit—God called us, regenerated us, and adopted as his children, he also set upon us his seal of ownership. By the anointing of the Holy Spirit, God identified us as belonging to him as his separated and holy people. To this end, he placed within us the Holy Spirit to carry on the work of sanctification, and to seal us formally and finally as God’s redeemed and sanctified people. (Eph. 1:13)

The Holy Spirit is the pledge or deposit that guarantees more to follow in the future: namely, the completion of our salvation. Then, by God’s grace, the Lord Jesus will present us faultless and blameless before his father’s presence with great rejoicing. (Col. 1:22; Jude 1:24)

Great will be the day when we see the Lord in his glory, and when we are able to worship God and his Son in the majesty and glory of his immediate presence, and in the midst of all his holy angels. What a joy, too, it will be to live and reign with him who loved us and who gave himself for us, that we might be redeemed and reconciled to God. Glory to his name!

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