The Spirit as a guarantee

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

Paul wrote once about his ability to be content in all situations.  How it is that he was capable of such a steady demeanor, regardless of whether he was in prison or in comfort?  A statement in his second letter to the Corinthians gives some good insight.  He writes to them after his plans changed and he was not able to visit as he would have liked to. His attitude though is one that shows full trust in God.  He speaks of active ongoing action on God’s part (establishes us), completed action (anointed us), and the guarantee that God has given.

Paul could be content because he knew that no matter where he ended up God had sent him. When he was sent, God equipped him. And when he went, God protected him.  He knew the Lord was with him at all times because he had been given the Holy Spirit as a guarantee.  So have we.  God is with us at all times because, as Christians, we are inhabited by the Holy Spirit.  He lives in us and works through us.  We are sealed as God’s own by His Holy Spirit in us.

The Holy Spirit can do great things through us, and that includes granting us boldness to speak the truth and courage because we know we are guaranteed His presence no matter where we are.  We’re never without God because establishes us, equips us, and seals us.