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What is Earnest?
     This is something going before or given in advance as a pledge of more in reserve; thus, earnest, or earnest-money, is a sum paid in advance as a pledge of full payment at a future time. In a spiritual sense, it denotes those gifts and graces which the Christian receives as a pledge or earnest of perfect holiness and happiness in the future world. 2 Cor 1:22; Eph 1:14.

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Schaff, Philip, Dr. "Biblical Definition for 'earnest' in Schaffs Bible Dictionary". - Schaff's

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