Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
God is the One who makes us stand firm in Christ. He is the enabler… without Him we could not stand firm at all. Without Him being the strength of our lives, we would faint away. Paul encourages the Corinthians in their fiath in God. In verse 24 he said, “it is by faith you stand firm.” We must believe God, not just believe in Him, but believe Him and what He has said. We must believe that who He has made us in Christ is real. We need to live by faith. Since we cannot see the Spirit He has placed in our hearts as a guarantee, we must have faith. Since we cannot see His anointing and seal of ownership on our lives, we must have faith. It is by faith in God we stand firm as Christians.
I checked – there is no “property of Almighty God” sticker on my person. Yet, I belong to God. He owns me. Through the eyes of faith I clearly see that seal and know that God’s Spirit has been placed in my heart. I believe – a belief that seems stronger than ordinary eyesight! The Spirit in my heart is a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. If God guarantees it – I’m good. And what’s coming is all good!
Father – Thank You for loving me and making me a new man in Christ. Thank You for Your Spirit and for Your seal of ownership on my life. I gladly live for You today.