What Does 2 Corinthians 1:21 Mean?

Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God,

2 Corinthians 1:21(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

We are positioned in Christ, and identified with Him, by the Spirit of God, the moment we trust the Lord Jesus as Saviour. He baptises us into the body of Christ, for it is by the power of one Spirit that we have all been baptised into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bondmen or free, and we have all been given to drink of one Spirit.

Once we have been born again, and saved by grace through faith in Christ, we are to be established in our faith. We are to grow in grace and in a knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, for the rest of our lives. Just as we were saved by the grace and power of God.. so also, we are to be established by that same grace and power, through the ongoing process of sanctification. The only way to grow in our Christian faith is by the power of God, within.

We are not in a position to save ourselves, and similarly, we are not able to establish ourselves, in our Christian life and spiritual growth. Indeed, we read: now He who establishes us with you in Christ, and anointed us - is God.

Once we are saved, we are to be firmly established in the Word of the Father, established in our new life in Christ and established in the truth of the Spirit. Because we are saved, we have been given many precious promises, in the Word of God, which have become ours in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Because we are children of God we have been given everything we need for life and godliness, and all we need to do is to appropriate what is ours in the power of God, Who establishes us.

It was through Paul and his co-labourers, that the gospel was taught to these believers in Corinth.. and God was glorified through their faith in Him. Although Paul was the chosen vessel through whom much of the gospel of grace was revealed, to the post-cross Christian Church... God is no respecter of persons.. and Paul, Silvanus, Timothy and other co-labourers in the gospel, needed to be established in the faith, in the same way that you and I also need to be established - for as Paul wrote: He Who establishes us, with you - in Christ.. is GOD.

It was God who established Paul, and his co-labourers in his faith, and it is God Who establishes you and me in our faith. It is God Who confirmed Paul's position in Christ and the same God who confirms our own identification with our heavenly Saviour. The word 'established' is a business word or legal term, which indicates a 'guarantee' or an 'assurance'.

God, Himself has guaranteed our ongoing and eternal security, in Christ - and His word can never be broken. How blessed we are to have been given such security in our soul, and to have God's very seal of ownership, eternally stamped upon our lives. And remember... God's Word can never be broken, for all His promises are YES and AMEN., in Christ Jesus our Lord.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, as I consider all that has been given me by grace - through simply trusting in Christ as my sin-sacrifice and heavenly Saviour, I humbly bow in grateful praise and thanksgiving for Your goodness and grace, towards a sinner, such as I. Keep my heart broken before You and keep the cross of Christ ever before my eyes, knowing that I am established in Him, and eternally secure, by Your grace and mercy, through faith in Christ. May I die to self, and live for Him alone, and may I grow in grace to Your praise and glory. This I ask in Jesus name, AMEN.

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