2 Corinthians 5:5
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New International Version
Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

New Living Translation
God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.

English Standard Version
He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

New American Standard Bible
Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.

King James Bible
Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And the One who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment.

International Standard Version
God has prepared us for this and has given us his Spirit as a guarantee.

NET Bible
Now the one who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he who prepares us for this is God; he it is who gives us the down payment of his Spirit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God has prepared us for this and has given us his Spirit to guarantee it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now he that has made us for this same thing is God, who has likewise given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

King James 2000 Bible
Now he that has made us for the same thing is God, who also has given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

American King James Version
Now he that has worked us for the selfsame thing is God, who also has given to us the earnest of the Spirit.

American Standard Version
Now he that wrought us for this very thing is God, who gave unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now he that maketh us for this very thing, is God, who hath given us the pledge of the Spirit.

Darby Bible Translation
Now he that has wrought us for this very thing [is] God, who also has given to us the earnest of the Spirit.

English Revised Version
Now he that wrought us for this very thing is God, who gave unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now he that hath wrought us for this same thing is God, who also hath given to us the earnest of the Spirit.

Weymouth New Testament
And He who formed us with this very end in view is God, who has given us His Spirit as a pledge and foretaste of that bliss.

World English Bible
Now he who made us for this very thing is God, who also gave to us the down payment of the Spirit.

Young's Literal Translation
And He who did work us to this self-same thing is God, who also did give to us the earnest of the Spirit;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:1-8 The believer not only is well assured by faith that there is another and a happy life after this is ended, but he has good hope, through grace, of heaven as a dwelling-place, a resting-place, a hiding-place. In our Father's house there are many mansions, whose Builder and Maker is God. The happiness of the future state is what God has prepared for those that love him: everlasting habitations, not like the earthly tabernacles, the poor cottages of clay, in which our souls now dwell; that are mouldering and decaying, whose foundations are in the dust. The body of flesh is a heavy burden, the calamities of life are a heavy load. But believers groan, being burdened with a body of sin, and because of the many corruptions remaining and raging within them. Death will strip us of the clothing of flesh, and all the comforts of life, as well as end all our troubles here below. But believing souls shall be clothed with garments of praise, with robes of righteousness and glory. The present graces and comforts of the Spirit are earnests of everlasting grace and comfort. And though God is with us here, by his Spirit, and in his ordinances, yet we are not with him as we hope to be. Faith is for this world, and sight is for the other world. It is our duty, and it will be our interest, to walk by faith, till we live by sight. This shows clearly the happiness to be enjoyed by the souls of believers when absent from the body, and where Jesus makes known his glorious presence. We are related to the body and to the Lord; each claims a part in us. But how much more powerfully the Lord pleads for having the soul of the believer closely united with himself! Thou art one of the souls I have loved and chosen; one of those given to me. What is death, as an object of fear, compared with being absent from the Lord!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - He who hath wrought us for the selfsame thing. God prepared and perfected us for this very result, namely, to put on the robe of immortality. The earnest (see 2 Corinthians 1:22) The quickening life imparted by the Spirit of life is a pledge and part payment of the incorruptible eternal life. The Spirit is "the Earnest of our inheritance" (Ephesians 1:14; Ephesians 4:30).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing,.... By "the selfsame thing" is meant, either the cross, the burden of sorrows and afflictions, under which the saints groan whilst here, which God has appointed them unto, and therefore to be bore patiently by them; or that glory and immortality, which they, as vessels of mercy, were prepared by him for from everlasting; for which their bodies and souls are formed by him in creation, and for which they are made meet in regeneration, by the curious workmanship of his Spirit and grace upon them: and seeing he "is God", and not man, who hath wrought them for this, either by his secret purposes and preparations of grace in eternity, or by his open works of creation and regeneration in time; there is no doubt but they shall certainly enjoy it, since his counsels are immutable, and he is a rock, and his work is perfect; whatever he begins he finishes, nor is he ever frustrated of his end: one of Stephens's copies adds, "and hath anointed us", which seems to have been transcribed from 2 Corinthians 1:21.

Who also hath given us the earnest of the Spirit; and therefore may be assured of possessing the inheritance, of which he is the earnest; see 2 Corinthians 1:22.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. wrought us—framed us by redemption, justification, and sanctification.

for the selfsame thing—"unto" it; namely, unto what is mortal of us being swallowed up in life (2Co 5:4).

who also—The oldest manuscripts omit "also."

earnest of the Spirit—(See on [2312]2Co 1:22). It is the Spirit (as "the first-fruits") who creates in us the groaning desire for our coming deliverance and glory (Ro 8:23).

2 Corinthians 5:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Our Eternal Dwelling
4For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. 5Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge. 6Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord--…
Cross References
Romans 8:23
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.

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

Now he that has worked us for the selfsame thing is God, who also has given to us the earnest of the Spirit.

wrought.

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us …

Isaiah 29:23 But when he sees his children, the work of my hands, in the middle …

Isaiah 60:21 Your people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land …

Isaiah 61:3 To appoint to them that mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for …

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, …

the earnest.

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

Numbers 13:23-27 And they came to the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from there a branch …

Romans 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits …

Ephesians 1:13,14 In whom you also trusted, after that you heard the word of truth, …

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed to …

1 John 3:24 And he that keeps his commandments dwells in him, and he in him. …

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