God’s faithfulness secures our assurance

In the context of grace, faith is not a noun but becomes a verb.

1 Corinthians 1

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,

To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”

13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

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God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” We live in culture of faith. As humans, it is easy to put our faith in things that is not God. Whether it be technology, our family, our friends, or ourselves. God’s faithfulness to us calls us to respond faithfully with the assurance that His spirit lives in us. In this context, faith becomes a verb, not a noun. So then, the response to God’s grace is faith and it is, therefore, through faith that we serve Him and serve each other.

In verse 9, we are told we have been called into fellowship with our Lord, called by our faithful God. As everyone would recognise, we are all different. Designed to have different gifts and strengths that complement each other. Paul reminds the church of Corinth that Christ is not divided, and, therefore, we should not be divided. In fact, disunity among the family of God would be a contradiction of the Gospel.

Seeing how people so lovingly serve in the church community is a beautiful image of His faithfulness; I get to experience the unity that God brings on Friday nights at youth and Sunday mornings at Kid’s Church. The goal of these teams is teaching a bunch of very different young people about Jesus. Diversity, not division, in these two teams is how God makes these teams function. In these teams, I see leaders who all love Jesus, leaders that may, or may not, be friends otherwise but know they are united by Jesus’ works giving us salvation. Because of this truth, we can all strive together to know God more, and help others to meet him and grow in their faith.

We know from the bible that when an unbeliever gives their lives over to Jesus that they are given a new heart. God’s grace changes us completely and gives us a new purpose.

Head: Does this passage challenge you? Does something jump out each day you’ve read it?

Heart: How does the assurance of being ‘in Christ’ shape how you express faithfulness to God?

Hands: God’s grace and love washes us clean to be new, let this shape our words and actions today.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the gift that the bible is, and its relevance in today’s culture. Lord, I thank you for your faithfulness so obviously displayed in sending Jesus, and the assurance this brings me. I pray that this will stay in the front of my mind so that in all my actions I am reflecting my faithfulness to you.

A song to listen to: Faithful to the end  

 

Imogen Claes

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