MARCH 17, 2018
God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Read: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
I always feel special whenever I remember the verse “I have called you by name, you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1). It reminds me how personal and loving God is. He is a King, the Creator of everything, the most powerful of all, and He personally called me by name.
Paul’s reminder to the Corinth church is also a reminder to all of us— that God is faithful, by whom (we) were called into the fellowship of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 1:9). This is a great promise that we should always keep in our hearts. At times we doubt if we can really rely on God. Is there really an assurance of my salvation? As long as our life is grounded in the fact that God is faithful, then we should have all the assurance of our salvation.
The word “called” (v. 9) is a passive verb. It is God who called us, not we who called God. It is God who is acting in our lives. Our assurance should not be based on our performance but in God alone. In Christ, we are now guiltless. Our salvation and assurance are now all about the promise of a faithful God to keep us through Jesus Christ.
Our assurance will help us to be mature in our faith. It will help us to have love, joy, peace, confidence, and comfort in our fellowship with the Lord.
Too good to be true? Start with the promise that God is faithful. I pray that our security in salvation will depend on God’s ability to keep us, not in our own ability.