1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Paul began the letter to 1 Corinthians by saying he was an apostle of Jesus by the will of God and therefore speaks with authority [v.1]. He is writing a letter to the saints in the church in Corinth [v.2].
Then he uses an introduction that is the same in almost all his letters ” Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”. [v.3] It is by grace that a disciple has been saved and received peace with God. Then Paul said “I thank my God always concerning you” [v.4] Paul was thankful for the Disciples at Corinth that he called saints and wanted them to live continually in the grace and peace of God. Grace, peace and thankfulness can be a daily blessing of Disciples A today.
In v.9 Paul said that “God is faithful”. Faithfulness is one of the attributes of God that is eternal. God honors His covenants and fulfills His promises. Our hope for the future rests upon His faithfulness. Because of His continued faithfulness the Disciple has a relationship with God, as His child, that cannot be broken B. Because of this relationship the Disciple can be in fellowship with Jesus, the Son of God every day. However, fellowship is a voluntary act of submission to the will of God and requires daily bible study, mediation, confession, prayer and obedience to His commands C out of love for Jesus D.
Your “faithful love endures forever” E, O God, help me submit to your will as recorded in the Bible and revealed by the Holy Spirit and obey your commandments because I love You!
Notes: A- I use the word Disciple to refer to believers in Jesus instead of Christian. The word Disciple is used throughout the New Testament and Christian only 3 times. I capitalize the first letter in “Disciple” as is common in “Christian”. For more information click here. B- John 10:27-30; C- For “New Testament commandments” click here;
D- John 14:15 If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. 1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.; E- Psalm 136:1b Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His faithful love endures forever.
Henry Luke 3/12/2018
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