"And it is 'God' who establishes us with you in Christ"

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In 2 Corinthians 1:12 - 2:4 Paul explains why he hasn't come to visit the Corinthians yet. His reason being is God's timing, and not wanting to come and cause them more pain over the painful issue they have been dealing with in the church. But Paul is so wise, and so passionate for the Corinthian church to grow through this hard time, that he digresses into a beautiful spiritual talk about God's faithfulness and his "Yes" to us in Christ Jesus, to do in us what God has promised to do.

In verses 18-21 we read -

18 As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No. 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes. 20 For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. 21 And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, 22 and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee (down payment).

Paul's digression is seen in his passion for Jesus, and his passion for the Corinthians.

In everything that we're going through in life we need Jesus, and and we find him in his word/promises. Simply put, all the good and beautiful that God wants us to be in life, is stored up for us in Jesus Christ. And particularly in our union with Jesus through faith, our trustful dependence on him to do what concerns us.

You see, we fallen humans waver easily between our yes and no, in our dealing with God, others and ourselves. But God is not surprised by that, because he knows that in ourselves we are weak to be beautiful, like Jesus he meant for us to be in our character.
So, when we put our faith in Jesus to save us from our sins, God no longer sees us in our sin and dirty, but he sees us in Jesus as a finished product - as beautiful (loving, truthful, faithful, patient, kind, good, gentle etc.) as himself.

But we are not there yet, because there is a relational process of knowing this holy and loving God in our life - through his word, pouring our hearts to him, through fellowship with his people and remembrance of Jesus death for you and I, in the holy communion. And we will progress in this way - knowing God and being known by God, until Jesus comes back. And on that Day, we will be revealed as perfect in our character, like him - beautiful (which is how God always sees his own kids, who are in Christ; he sees the end from the beginning). WOW, WHAT A GOD!

So, my beautiful brother/sister, be bold in taking God at his word, "all the promises of God" - one who loved and loves you so much. Just look and ponder on Jesus' death in your stead, whenever you doubt God's intentions for you.

In verse 21 Paul says, "it is God who establishes us with you in Christ", basically GOD will do it. The scriptures are full of that reassurance; and let us not be poor in finding all that wealth out for ourselves.

And lastly, God's enthusiastic YES! to us his children, is revealed in God who has, "given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee [or down payment]" of what is yet to come - WE WILL SEE GOD, AND IN THE END WE WILL BE REVEALED TO BE AS BEAUTIFUL AND HOLY AS HIMSELF! His Spirit joined with ours cries out to God as our Father, that is the Spirit of sonship.His Spirit in us has given us new passion - to love Jesus, to trust him, to obey him, to let him change us to be like him. And he comforts and encourages us in it. Let us yield to the Spirit's promptings and drawing to trust and love Jesus.

What do you and I say to God like that? Well, I think Paul helps us here in verse 20, "it is through him that we utter our Amen [YES] to his glory". It is through God's strength in us that we utter our amen, which is our "YES" to God, to work all his beautiful and holy work in us. "To his glory", because he does it all, from the beginning to end - "and I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ" - as Paul says in Philippians 1:6. Praise the Lord!!!