ESTABLISHED, ANOINTED, AND SEALED
"Now He who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a deposit" (II Cor. 1:21-22).
Our Father established His eternal plan in Christ before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4). Our Father is still establishing His eternal plan in us through the Spirit rebirthing and the mind renewal teaching plan executed by the Holy Spirit. Paul affirms this when he states, "Now to Him who is able to establish you, according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the world began" (Rom. 16:25). The Father is establishing the church according to Paul's gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ. Notice though, it is Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery. The mystery is that Christ was going to live in us and be a part of us in this shared-life.
That mystery was hidden by the Father until Jesus Christ called the apostle Paul and the Father had the Holy Spirit reveal it to him (Gal. 1:15-16,11-12). This is what Jesus also taught Simon Peter when He answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matt. 16:16). Jesus confirmed to Simon Peter, that his answer did not come from flesh and blood but from the revelation from the Father (Matt. 16:17). Jesus said that the church would be built or established on the rock of revelation of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery. We are NOT established by the facts of Jesus of Nazareth and all that He did. We are established by knowing and having fellowship in a relationship with the living Lord of glory who now lives in us today. Christ in you the hope of glory (Col. 1:27).
The anointing speaks of Christ. Christ means the Anointed One. In Old Testament times they poured anointing oil over the head and shoulders of primarily the high priesthood to symbolize God's anointing. Today, we are Spiritually rebirthed with the incorruptible Seed of the Anointed One placed in us. The Anointed One now lives in every member of His many membered body. Christ is the charismatic one. Christ is the graced one. Christ is the anointed one and high priest, who lives in us to fulfill the Father's will in and through us as us. The sealing is done by the Holy Spirit. Paul said of us after we heard and believed the Word of truth of the gospel of our salvation, that we were sealed with or by the Holy Spirit of promise. The Holy Spirit put the Spirit of His Son in our hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father" (Gal. 4:6). "If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His" (Rom. 8:9b). The Spirit in our hearts as a deposit that was given us is Christ. The One who sealed us by or with the deposit is the Holy Spirit. We have the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit all working in union with us and for us. The Father calls and establishes us. The Son anoints us within with His life, gifts, and grace and expresses Himself through us to others. The Holy Spirit works in the mind for the Father to continue the process of revealing and mind transformation for Christ to be more manifested and expressed in us to do the Father's will. We are most blessed! V
Written by Dwight Davis
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