2 Corinthians 1:18-24 As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No...
think about it.
If you've worried about or doubted your salvation, how does it help to know the Spirit has sealed you or serves as your guarantee before God? With the Spirit's sealing, list some ways we're to live (5:6-10)?
Paul addresses the subject of being secure in salvation with the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 1:18-22 and 5:1-10. He tells the Corinthians that all the promises of God find their Yes in Jesus (vs. 20) and then goes on to say they have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and that the Holy Spirit is their guarantee from God. Now the two words Paul uses here--"sealed" and "guaranteed"--caught my attention, particularly the word "sealed." We hear the word "guarantee" a lot, but not so much "sealed" as Paul uses it here.
So I took a couple of minutes to think about a common day example of something that's sealed to help me get a better picture of being sealed by the Spirit. The first thing that came to my mind was a freezer bag with a zipper seal. Remember those commercials where a bag full of bright red juice is held upside down over a person wearing white clothes and not one drop of juice came out of that bag? There was no doubt the bag was sealed, it was airtight, and not one drop was getting out.
So what does the Holy Spirit's sealing and guarantee mean for you? Tami W.
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