1 Corinthians 1:4-9 NIV
4 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
“In Paul’s Christocentric gospel, acts of remembrance cannot be separated from acts of anticipation. To live ‘in Christ’ is also to live in light of his return. Similarly, the conception of the future can be found only in Christ himself. Focusing solely on Christ, one cannot separate the empty tomb from the cross. In the same way, Christ’s return cannot be separated from the past. If thanksgiving is understood as God-centredness and Christ-centredness, the future cannot be denied its place in this confession of God’s nature and deeds.” [David Pao, NSBT – Thanksgiving, 143-144]
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your grace and that my future is certain because it is found in you. May your eternal life, heavenly kingdom, and new creation come in greater measure in my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship with “I Have A Savior” by CeCe Winans (click here).