Because Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead, I have been established, anointed and sealed by God the Holy Spirit. I put these all together as they are all stated in 2 Corinthians 1:21-22. “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.” First, Paul says we are established by God through Christ. Other words used for established are stand firm in or to be confirmed in Christ. The Holy Spirit within us enables us to join with Christ and stand with Him in faith. Second Paul says, we are anointed by God’s Holy Spirit. This anointing empowers us with His Spirit and gives us gifts to work for Him. (Gal 5:22-23, “ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”) In Old Testament times the Holy Spirit of God would come upon people to do certain tasks for a certain amount of time. But since Jesus died and rose from the dead, believers now have His indwelling Spirit with us 24/7. This indwelling starts the moment we accept Jesus as our Savior! Believers are anointed by God to live for Him and do His good work. Lastly, Paul reminds us we are sealed by the Holy Spirit and His Spirit living
within us is a guarantee to our hearts that we are saved by Him and have an eternal future with Him. When I do canning, I use heat to seal my jars to keep out polluting air and germs. It keeps the contents fresh and usable for future time. Likewise, the Holy Spirit is our protection from the sin-filled world around us and keeps us usable for His work now and into the future.
Feel the joy today of being establish, anointed and sealed by God the Holy Spirit.
Suggestion: Remember a time when God helped you to stand firm for Him. Remember your own coming to faith in Jesus and share it with someone if you can. Thank Jesus that His Holy Spirit confirms you each and every day as belonging to Him!