2 Corinthians 1:21
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New International Version
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us,

New Living Translation
It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us,

English Standard Version
And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us,

Berean Study Bible
Now it is God who establishes both us and you in Christ. He anointed us,

Berean Literal Bible
Now the One establishing us with you unto Christ, and having anointed us, is God,

New American Standard Bible
Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God,

King James Bible
Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now it is God who strengthens us, with you, in Christ and has anointed us.

International Standard Version
Now the one who makes us—and you as well—secure in union with the Messiah and has anointed us is God,

NET Bible
But it is God who establishes us together with you in Christ and who anointed us,

New Heart English Bible
Now he who establishes us with you in Christ, and anointed us, is God;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But it is God who establishes us with you in The Messiah, he who has anointed us.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God establishes us, together with you, in a relationship with Christ. He has also anointed us.

New American Standard 1977
Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now he who confirms us with you unto Christ and has anointed us is God;

King James 2000 Bible
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;

Douay-Rheims Bible
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,
Study Bible
Paul's Change of Plans
20For all the promises of God are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him, our “Amen” is spoken to the glory of God. 21Now it is God who establishes both us and you in Christ. He anointed us, 22placed His seal on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a pledge of what is to come.…
Cross References
Habakkuk 2:12
"Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed And founds a town with violence!

1 Corinthians 1:8
He will sustain you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 13:9
Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace and not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those devoted to them.

1 John 2:20
You, however, have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.

1 John 2:27
And as for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But just as His true and genuine anointing teaches you about all things, so remain in Him as you have been taught.
Treasury of Scripture

Now he which establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, is God;

stablisheth.

2 Corinthians 5:5 Now he that has worked us for the selfsame thing is God, who also …

Psalm 37:23,24 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way…

Psalm 87:5 And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: …

Psalm 89:4 Your seed will I establish for ever, and build up your throne to …

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, …

Isaiah 49:8 Thus said the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard you, and in …

Isaiah 62:7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem …

Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, …

Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as you …

1 Thessalonians 3:13 To the end he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before …

2 Thessalonians 2:8,17 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume …

2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil.

1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory …

anointed.

Psalm 45:7 You love righteousness, and hate wickedness: therefore God, your …

Isaiah 59:21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, said the LORD; My spirit …

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed …

John 3:34 For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God: for God gives not …

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: …

Romans 8:9 But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the …

1 John 2:20,27 But you have an unction from the Holy One, and you know all things…

Revelation 1:6 And has made us kings and priests to God and his Father; to him be …

Revelation 3:18 I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be …

(21) He which stablisheth us with you . . .--For a moment the thought of an apology for his own conduct is merged in the higher thought of the greatness of his mission. The word "stablisheth," or "confirmed," as in 1Corinthians 1:8, is connected with the previous "Amen" as the emphatic formula of ratification. In the insertion of "with you" we note St. Paul's characteristic anxiety to avoid the appearance of claiming for himself what others might not claim with equal right. He repeats the confident hope which he had expressed in 1Corinthians 1:8.

In Christ.--Literally, into Christ, as though the result of the "establishing" was an actual incorporation with Him. This seems a truer interpretation than that which paraphrases, "confirms us in believing on Christ."

And hath anointed us.--Literally, and anointed, as referring to a definite moment in the life of the disciples. The verb follows naturally on the mention of Christ the Anointed One. The time referred to is that when, on baptism or the laying on of hands (Acts 8:17), they had received the first-fruits of the gift of the Spirit, as in Acts 2:38; Acts 8:17; Acts 10:44; Acts 19:6; the "unction from the Holy One" (1John 2:20; 1John 2:27).

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). 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. 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).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.
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