1 Corinthians 1:8-9 (NIV)- He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
“…Paul isn’t talking about problems at the moment. God called them in the past, God equips them in the present, and God will complete the whole process in the future… so the Christian must always be leaning forwards towards God’s finishing line, ‘eagerly waiting for our Lord, King Jesus to be revealed.’… That’s why it’s the central Christian badge or sign to ‘call on him,’ to pray to the father through him, to learn to love him, to know his friendship and love throughout our lives, to have his name always in our hearts and often on our lips. The early Christian word for [two or more people like that getting together] was ‘fellowship’ or ‘partnership,’ and that’s what Paul says they now enjoy: membership in the family that has God for its faithful father and Jesus, his unique son, as its older brother. Writing this letter… is part of the process by which God intends to take these Christians… from God’s past achievement to God’s future finishing of the job. May God grant that it will have that effect on us, too.” [Wright, N.T. Paul for Everyone: 1 Corinthians. p. 4-5]
Let’s pray for our churches, particularly focusing on this message series and study, according to 1 Corinthians 1:8-9 and the hope that N.T. Wright expresses here.