December 3 2017
O COME, O COME EMMANUEL
1 CORINTHIANS 1:1-9 CALLED, CONFIRMED, AND CONFIDENT
Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
2 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:
3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 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.
- We are called explicitly through Jesus Christ to join that innumerable band of sojourners that BELONG to God. (v.2) [The name of Christ occurs 10 times in the first 10 verses of this letter]
- Christians are marked out to be different from the ordinary run of life, to be DEDICATED to God. (v.2)
- Followers of Christ are LIVING PROOF that the gospel message is true. (v. 6)
- Jesus’ followers eagerly await his SECOND COMING. (vv.7-8) O Come, O Come Emmanuel
- God is the one who keeps us FIRM IN OUR FAITH all the way to the end. (v.8)
- In the interim we are GIFTED to serve God. (v.7)
- Christians are part of a FELLOWSHIP of all those who name Jesus Christ as Lord. (v.9)
“If just a few people here and there endorsed the Christian way, its worth would be doubted. But men, women, and young people in all ages, regions, and circumstances rise up and say, ‘I have tested it. Christ is a savior not merely because I hope He will save me from hell and take me to heaven, but because He saves me here and now from gloom, despair, meaninglessness, purposelessness, sin, the tyranny of myself and my passions—He has made me free.’ This universal witness to a universal fact is one of the most solemn and reassuring things in life.” E. Stanley Jones