What is the earnest of the Spirit?
From 2 Corinthians 1
21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed
us, is God; 22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the
Spirit in our hearts. (KJV)
Other translations render it, " guarantee". "pledge", "down payment"
GOD'S WORD® Translation
In addition, he has put his seal [of ownership] on us and has given us
the Spirit as his guarantee.
Weymouth New Testament
And He has also set His seal upon us, and has put His Spirit into our
hearts as a pledge and foretaste of future blessing.
World English Bible
who also sealed us, and gave us the down payment of the Spirit in our
Down payment of what is to come , spirit annointed Christians are conviced of their hope because of this pledge that they receive. What is their hope? Paul explains: ( 2 Cor 5:1-5 , 1 Cor 15:48-54 )
Their full pledge is immortality and an imperishable body in heaven.
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 NASB
The Temporal and Eternal
5 For we know that if our [a]earthly tent which is our house is torn
down, we have a building from God, a house not made by hands, eternal
in the heavens. 2 For indeed, in this tent we groan, longing to be
clothed with our dwelling from heaven, 3 since in fact after putting
it on, we will not be found naked. 4 For indeed, we who are in this
tent 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. 5
Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the
Spirit as a pledge.
1 Corinthians 15:48-54 NASB
48 As is the earthy one, so also are those who are earthy; and as is
the heavenly one, so also are those who are heavenly. 49 Just as we
have borne the image of the earthy, [a]we will also bear the image of
the heavenly.50 Now I say this, brothers and sisters, that flesh and
blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does [b]the perishable
inherit [c]the imperishable. 51 Behold, I am telling you a [d]mystery;
we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in
the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will
sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be
changed. 53 For this [f]perishable must put on [g]the imperishable,
and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this
[h]perishable puts on [i]the imperishable, and this mortal puts on
immortality, then will come about the saying that is written: “Death
has been swallowed up in