Saturday 18 March, 2017

1 Corinthians 1:4-9

4 I always thank my God for you. I thank him because of the grace he has given to you who belong to Christ Jesus. 5 You have been blessed in every way because of him. You have been blessed in all your speech and knowledge. 6 God has shown that what we have spoken to you about Christ is true. 7 There is no gift of the Holy Spirit that you don’t have. You are full of hope as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to come again. 8 God will also keep you strong in faith to the very end. Then you will be without blame on the day our Lord Jesus Christ returns. 9 God is faithful. He has chosen you to share life with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Paul is starting this book with an encouragement to the people of the church in Corinth. He is reminding them that they do not lack any of the necessary spiritual gifts as they await “the day of the Lord Jesus” (my insert), and that God will keep them strong, and blameless “on the day of the Lord Jesus”.   The writer of Hebrews also imparts this encouragement referring to the return of Christ  …  Heb10:24 “but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Being honest, I do not often remind or encourage others to press on because the Day is approaching, and I am inspired by Paul’s encouragement to the church of this.  When is this Day? Only the Father knows. But it will come like a thief in the night. Unexpected. Maybe it is tomorrow, maybe in one week, maybe within 10 years, or maybe not in my lifetime on this planet. But He will return one day.

Lord, help me to have a greater sense of anticipation of Your return, and that with this I will encourage others more to seek and hold onto the faith, so that we are all blameless on that Day.

Written by Stephen Fell 

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