Today we begin a study through Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth. This is a great church – but it’s not without its problems.
Paul begins by identifying himself and his calling in verse 1, and the church to whom he’s writing in verse 2. He speaks encouraging truth into their lives. Often we live up to the expectations that have been laid out for us – good or bad.
I am writing to God’s church in Corinth, to you who have been called by God to be His own holy people. He made you holy by means of Christ Jesus, just as He did for all people everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours. (v. 2)
These words must have been so uplifting to this church! Can you imagine being there the first time this letter was read? If you read the last part of this verse, you realize that these words apply to you and me too (if you’ve come into a relationship with God through Jesus).
You have been called by God to be His own holy people… How does this encourage you today? God chose you – He called you!
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. Ephesians 1:4
And what did God call us to be? Holy!
But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16
What does that mean? What does it mean for me to live a life that’s holy? It means that I chose to honor and obey God with my life. To follow His word and do the things He tells me and avoid the things He tells me to avoid. It means that when I mess up – I go to Him and confess that as sin and return to a life of obedience. That’s what God has called us to.
Where would we ever get the power to do that? How could God ever see me as holy?
He made you holy by means of Christ Jesus… (v.2) The cross makes us holy in God’s sight and it holds the power for us to obey and defeat sin.
He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. (v. 8)
- What are some areas that you have not submitted to its power to make you holy?
- Spend some time today thanking God for the cross and the incredible power it has in your life to purify and change you.
By: Tim Parsons