1 Corinthians 1:1-2 (NIV) – 1 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…
Just as Paul is called by God, so too are the Christians at Corinth. They are called to be hagioi, “saints”… When Paul applies this language to the Corinthians, he is echoing God’s call to Israel. This is the first of many times in the letter that Paul implicitly addresses and describes the Corinthian Christians – a predominantly Gentile group – as members of the covenant people of God, Israel. Whatever their background, they have now been caught up into the story of God’s gracious elective purpose. They are to serve as a covenant people, representing God’s kingdom within a world that does not know God. “Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the people. Indeed, the whole earth is mine but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy [hagion] nation (Exodus 19:5-6a LXX). [Hays, R. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching: First Corinthians. P. 16]
Let’s pray for our churches according to 1 Corinthians 1:2 and Exodus 19:5-6, and declare over our lives and our church that we are His people with this song – Belong (Aaron Shust) (click here).