2 Corinthians 1:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 1:22, NIV: set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

2 Corinthians 1:22, ESV: and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

2 Corinthians 1:22, KJV: Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

2 Corinthians 1:22, NASB: who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.

2 Corinthians 1:22, NLT: and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.

2 Corinthians 1:22, CSB: He has also put his seal on us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a down payment.

What does 2 Corinthians 1:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This is part of a response to accusations that Paul has shown lack of commitment. This is aimed at his changing of travel plans to come and visit the believers in Corinth. Paul is declaring something the Corinthians would surely agree with: God, he has said, is the one who established both him and the Corinthians in Christ. God is the one who has anointed them all with the Holy Spirit.

Now Paul adds that in giving them the Spirit in their hearts, God has put His seal on them. He has given the Holy Spirit to each believer as a guarantee or deposit or down payment. In Paul's day, a seal was a mark stamped in wax that showed ownership. Those sealed with the Holy Spirit belong to God, and they belong to God forever. The Spirit is a guarantee that we will remain in God's possession throughout this life and into eternity. God's Spirit in our hearts serves as evidence that Christians are secure in God's family.

So, then, all who are established in Christ by God and anointed with the seal of God's Holy Spirit by God are guaranteed by God to spend eternity with God.