2 Corinthians 5:5

5 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.

Read 2 Corinthians 5:5 Using Other Translations

Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.

What does 2 Corinthians 5:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Corinthians 5:5

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 ) .

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