Summary: To often in our day to day life we forget about living for God and we do things that we should not do. This sermon reminds us of who we serve.
That Ye May Be Blameless
1 Cor. 1:1-9
1 Paul, called as an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, and our brother Sosthenes: 2 To God’s church at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus and called as saints, with all those in every place who call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord--theirs and ours. 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I always thank my God for you because of God’s grace given to you in Christ Jesus, 5 that by Him you were made rich in everything--in all speaking and all knowledge-- 6 as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you, 7 so that you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8 He will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful; by Him you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
I can not number the times that I have caught students red handed doing something and the very first word out of their mouths are I did not do it. Some have such guilty conciseness that when you call their name and they were not paying attention they will say I did not do it. Parents will come to school now and basically call the teacher a liar saying my child would not do something like that. You are wrong my Child would not do that. Can you prove he cheated, even though the teacher saw it with their own eyes, they can not accept that their child has done something wrong. I even have had one to say it is just your word against his. My answer has always been something like this “You can believe your child all you want and refuse to see the truth. You may even defend your child blindly refusing that your child can commit a sin but the brutal honest truth is this, it does not matter what he says or you say in my classroom what matters is what I say. I know what I saw and I know what the punishment will be because your child will be held accountable for his actions.”
Do we not do something similar with God? Don’t we run, hide, and refuse to accept that we are sinners? Don’t we want to refuse to accept the blame for our actions? Lord I did not do that so and so made me do it. And God says I know what I say with my eyes and you will be held accountable for your actions. God says my room, my rules, my eyes, and my judgment. The Corinthians here were having problems. Divisions had begun to develop in this church and Paul was writing them to help guide them back to the center of God’s will. Let us take a look at what Paul is saying in these 1st nine verses.
First Paul gives he credentials. He is saying look “ I am called to be an apostle by Jesus Christ”. Okay here are my diploma, my certificate of authority, and my source of authority. I am not writing you just as Paul who is nosy but instead I am writing you as Paul the Apostle of Jesus Christ, Chosen by him to be the Apostle to the Gentiles. I am writing you not in my own power but in the power of Jesus Christ. I am writing you to remind you of your first love Jesus Christ. Today Paul is still writing to the Gentiles and he is still trying to remind us who our first love is.
Have you been feeling distanced from God. Does is seem like He is not as close as He once was or you don’t think of Him as often as you once did. If so then you are like the Corinthians here they had let the world block their view of Jesus Christ. Petty things had become more important and Paul was reminding them just as he reminds us who we are actually living for.
Then after Paul reminds them who he was he reminds them of who they are. They are called to be saints. You and I are called to be saints. Servants of the living God. Servants of our Savior who took on the form of man, who bore our sins on the cross, who died to pay our sin debt and then rose again on the 3rd day. We are his not this old worlds and because of this our thinking needs to be different than this worlds. I don’t know about you but I have to pause here for a moment and rearrange my thinking. How refreshing is it to be reminded exactly who and what I am. Today far to many people ignore the daily reading of God’s word and they lose that reminder of who the are. You see, if we are to become more Christ like every day then we must get to know him by studying his word. We need to know how HE thinks and to do this we need to know His word because that is how He thinks. For us to become Christ like just does not happen at the snap of the fingers what it takes is studying the word of God, communicate with God in prayer, and strive to take what God teaches and apply it to our lives so that each and every day we become more Christ like.