Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God,

 who also sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

  (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)


God gave us His Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. Today we might think in terms of the down payment that we make on a house or car with the intent of paying the balance at some future point. In what way, though, is the Spirit a first installment or deposit? The Spirit’s activities of birthing and guaranteeing the church’s continuing existence leads us to think of the Spirit as the first installment of the church’s future redemption. This establishes the ongoing validity of God’s relationship to His people.