Tuesday 8 December, 2020

1 Corinthians 1:4-9

4 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

How can Paul be so confident that God will act in a certain way? How can he be so sure that God will do one thing and not change His mind and do another? To me, the ways of God are, more often than not, a complete mystery. How come Paul is so sure of what God will do?

In verse 8-9 Paul uses some big ‘absolutes’ in his letter to the Corinthian Church. “He WILL keep you strong” “God WILL do this”. How do I get this confidence?

Maybe the answer is Jesus Himself. 

Paul was absolutely sure of God’s faithfulness because the transaction for his salvation was bought with nothing less than the blood and life of Jesus, God’s son – the very person who wants to do life “in partnership” with us too. v9. Because of Jesus I can have rock-solid confidence that God is on my side. He will fight for me. He will help me. He will keep me safe in this life so I don’t miss out on the eternal life with Jesus. He is faithful. He will do it.

Oh Lord, may my faith grow to be as strong as Paul’s. I know you will never let me down.

Written by Boudy van Noppen

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