Glancing back as we move forward…faithNOTES on Tuesdays

  • Tuesday, February 14, 2012

  • There is an amazing word of hope for unsaveable sinners!

    The reality of their saving faith is not in question.  It is an established fact.  “To those sanctified in Christ Jesus…” But the delayed maturing?  That, too, is an established fact.  With a loving but firm and direct letter, Paul sends correction their way.  He reminds them of the secret to their inevitable growing up.  “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”  1 Cor 1:9

    He reminds them of three glorious truths:

    1.     It is thru the scandalous grace of the Cross that God does what no other power can do…He saves certified sinners!  1:17-18, 23-24, 30-31
    2.     Spiritually blind eyes are able to see with eternity’s clarity when the Cross of Christ is embraced.  2:7-8, 12-13, 16
    3.     We are, both individually and corporately, a work of transforming grace…in process!  3:1, 7, 11, 14-16, 22-23

    But then the paternal heart of their founding pastor is laid out on the page.  As he moves to addressing specific questions of living the Cross-centered life in a sin saturated community, Paul assures them that the firmness about to be revealed comes to them for their good from the very heart of one who truly loves them and is committed to them.

    ·      “I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as beloved children”  4:14

    ·      I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel”  4:14

    ·      “I urge you, then, be imitators of me”  4:16

    ·      “For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power”  4:20

    Let them, therefore:
    REFLECT DEEPLY upon such saving grace
    REJOICE GREATLY, for the penalty and the shame of sin has been removed
    REACH OUT COURAGEOUSLY.  There is great news for every unsaveable sinner!

    Press on, Church!
    Pastor Tom


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