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2 Corinthians 5:5

    2 Corinthians 5:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    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 (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Now he who has made us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a witness of what is to come.

    Webster's Revision

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

    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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Definitions for 2 Corinthians 5:5

    Earnest - A pledge.
    Wrought - Worked; made.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Corinthians 5:5

    Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing - God has given us our being and our body for this very purpose, that both might be made immortal, and both be glorified together. Or, God himself has given us this insatiable hungering and thirsting after righteousness and immortality. Mr. Addison has made a beautiful paraphrase of the sense of the apostle, whether he had his words in view or not: -

    " - Whence this pleasing hope, this fond desire,

    This longing after immortality?

    Or whence this secret dread and inward horror

    Of falling into nought? Why shrinks the soul

    Back on herself, and startles at destruction?

    'Tis the Divinity that stirs within us;

    'Tis Heaven itself that points out an hereafter,

    And intimates eternity to man. -

    The soul, secured in her existence, smiles

    At the drawn dagger, and defies its point.

    The stars shall fade away, the sun himself

    Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years;

    But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth,

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    Barnes' Notes on 2 Corinthians 5:5

    Now he that hath wrought us for the self-same thing - The phrase "self-same thing" here means this very thing, that is, the thing to which he had referred - the preparation for heaven, or the heavenly dwelling. The word "wrought" here (κατεργασάμενος katergasamenos) means that God had formed or made them for this; that is, he had by the influences of the Spirit, and by his agency on the heart, created them, as it were, for this, and adapted them to it. God has destined us to this change from corruption to incorruption; he has adapted us to it; he has formed us for it. It does not refer to the original creation of the body and the soul for this end, but it means that God, by his own renewing, and sanctifying, and sustaining agency, had formed them for this, and adapted them to it. The object of Paul in stating that it was done by God, is to keep this truth prominently before the mind. It was not by any native inclination, or strength, or power which they had, but it was all to be traced to God; compare Ephesians 2:10.

    Who also hath given - In addition to the fitting for eternal glory he has given us the earnest of the Spirit to sustain us here. We are not only prepared to enter into heaven, but we have here also the support produced by the earnest of the Spirit.

    The earnest of the Spirit - On the meaning of this, see the note on 2 Corinthians 1:22. He has given to us the Holy Spirit as the pledge or assurance of the eternal inheritance.

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Corinthians 5:5

    5:5 Now he that hath wrought us to this very thing - This longing for immortality. Is God - For none but God, none less than the Almighty, could have wrought this in us.