Tuesday, December 19, 2017

1 Corinthians 1: 4-9

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.

 

When we are born again, we repent, are baptized, are filled with the Holy Spirit, we put on a new nature – we put on Christ. Paul writes to the church at Corinth to tell them they are enriched, given these spiritual gifts. Why does he say God is faithful and will keep you firm so you will be blameless? This implies we may be faced with obstacles and roadblocks. We may be required to make choices, and sometimes those choices may be hard ones. Paul knows this, he perhaps more than anyone knows that choosing to follow Jesus puts us at odds with the world and the devil. He is reminding us of God’s promises (“Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant” I Kings 8:56).

God our Father renews us, instructs us, and equips us to be co-laborers (co-workers) with Him. But what are we exactly supposed to work at? Are we supposed to do charitable things? Yes. Are we supposed to order and sanctify our lives to be pleasing to God? Yes. Are we to be living examples of how God through the Holy Spirit can change us? Yes. So what are these gifts? Among other things they are Salvation, Forgiveness, Mercy, Kindness, Patience, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Self Control, Love, Joy, and Peace. These are the “tools” we need to be effective workers with Christ. And Paul is being thankful to God that these gifts are imparted to each and every Christian. Yes, that is you and me.

 

Prayer

God our Father in heaven, Hallowed is Your name. You have redeemed me and my life from destruction, You have given me a new life. You have given me abundantly more than I could every ask or think of. Thank for enriching me with Your love and grace. I pray I can extend Your love and grace to others, as I continue being filled with Your Holy Spirit. AMEN

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