|New International Version (©2011)|
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us,
New Living Translation (©2007)
It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us,
English Standard Version (©2001)
And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us,
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God,
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
Now it is God who strengthens us, with you, in Christ and has anointed us.
International Standard Version (©2012)
Now the one who makes us—and you as well—secure in union with the Messiah and has anointed us is God,
NET Bible (©2006)
But it is God who establishes us together with you in Christ and who anointed us,
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
But it is God who establishes us with you in The Messiah, he who has anointed us.
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
God establishes us, together with you, in a relationship with Christ. He has also anointed us.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
Now he who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, is God;
American King James Version
Now he which establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, is God;
American Standard Version
Now he that establisheth us with you in Christ, and anointed us, is God;
Now he that confirmeth us with you in Christ, and that hath anointed us, is God:
Darby Bible Translation
Now he that establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, is God,
English Revised Version
Now he that stablisheth us with you in Christ, and anointed us, is God;
Webster's Bible Translation
Now he who establisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
Weymouth New Testament
But He who is making us as well as you stedfast through union with the Anointed One, and has anointed us, is God,
World English Bible
Now he who establishes us with you in Christ, and anointed us, is God;
Young's Literal Translation
and He who is confirming you with us into Christ, and did anoint us, is God,
|Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary|
1:15-24 The apostle clears himself from the charge of levity and inconstancy, in not coming to Corinth. Good men should be careful to keep the reputation of sincerity and constancy; they should not resolve, but on careful thought; and they will not change unless for weighty reasons. Nothing can render God's promises more certain: his giving them through Christ, assures us they are his promises; as the wonders God wrought in the life, resurrection, and ascension of his Son, confirm faith. The Holy Spirit makes Christians firm in the faith of the gospel: the quickening of the Spirit is an earnest of everlasting life; and the comforts of the Spirit are an earnest of everlasting joy. The apostle desired to spare the blame he feared would be unavoidable, if he had gone to Corinth before he learned what effect his former letter produced. Our strength and ability are owing to faith; and our comfort and joy must flow from faith. The holy tempers and gracious fruits which attend faith, secure from delusion in so important a matter.
Verse 21. - Now he that stablisheth us. They will have seen, then, that steadfastness not levity, immutability not vacillation, has been the subject of their teaching. Who is the Source of that steadfastness? God, who anointed us and confirmed us, and you with us, into unity with his Anointed. With you. We partake alike of this Christian steadfastness; to impugn mine is to nullify your own. In Christ; rather, into Christ, so as to be one with him. They are already "in Christo;" they would aim more and more to be established "in Christurn." Who anointed us. Every Christian is a king and priest to God, and has received an unction from the Holy One (1 John 2:20, 27).
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
Now he which stablisheth us with you,.... Two things are in this verse ascribed to God. First, the establishing of the saints in Christ; in which may be observed, that the people of God are in a firm, settled, established state and condition; they are encircled in the arms of everlasting love; they are secure of the favour of God; they are engraven on his hands, and set as a seal on his heart, from whence they can never be removed; they are taken into his family by adopting grace; and will never be turned out; they are in a state of justification, and shall never enter into condemnation; they are regenerated and sanctified by the Spirit of God, and shall never finally and totally fall from that grace they have received. This their establishment is "in" Christ, and in no other. They had no stability in Adam, nor have they any in themselves; their standing is alone in him; the unchangeable love and favour of God, which is their grand security, is in Christ; the covenant of grace, in which is all their salvation, is made and stands fast with him; their persons, with all their grace and glory, are put into his hands, and made his care and charge, and there they are safe. They are espoused unto him, made one with him, incorporated into him, and are built upon him the rock of ages, where they are so established, that hell and earth cannot shake them, so as to remove and unsettle them from this foundation: one and all of them, and all together, are established in him,
us with you; all the elect of God are alike, and together in Christ, and have the same place and standing in his love, power, and care; they make up one body, of which Christ is the head, and not one of them shall be lost, whether they be Jews or Gentiles, ministers or private believers; for so this phrase may be interpreted, "us" Jews "with you" Gentiles, or "us" ministers "with you" believers. This work of establishing the saints in Christ is wholly the Lord's act; he
is God that does it; which does not contradict the word and ordinances being means of establishment; nor does it hinder or discourage persons making use of means for their stability; for the apostle here is not speaking so much of the stability of hearts, frames, and exercise of grace, as of state; though a firm, steady, and stable assurance of interest in Christ, is what God gives by his Spirit. The apostle's view seems to be this, that whatever steadfastness and stability the saints have, whether ministers or people, they ought to ascribe it entirely to God, Father, Son, and Spirit. "Secondly", the anointing of them:
he hath anointed us; which is to be understood either of the unction of ministers, with the gifts of the Spirit for ministerial service; or rather of the anointing of private Christians with the grace of the Spirit, compared to oil or ointment, in allusion to the anointing oil under the law, by which the tabernacle, and its vessels, Aaron, and his sons, were anointed, who were typical of the saints and priests of God under the Gospel; or to the lamp oil in the candlestick, which was pure, and for light; or to oil in common, for its sweet smell, refreshing nature, and for its usefulness for ornament and healing. This also is the Lord's work, and not man's; this unction comes from the God of all grace, through Christ, by the Spirit.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
21. stablisheth us … in Christ—that is, in the faith of Christ—in believing in Christ.
anointed us—As "Christ" is the "Anointed" (which His name means), so "He hath anointed (Greek, "chrisas") us," ministers and believing people alike, with the Spirit (2Co 1:22; 1Jo 2:20, 27). Hence we become "a sweet savor of Christ" (2Co 2:15).
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