1 CORINTHIANS 1:4-9
meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one
another with these words” (1 Th.4:14-18).
⇒ The believer knows that he will receive a crown of glory in that day.
“And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth
not away” (1 Pt.5:4).
⇒ The believer knows that he will be made in the image of His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but
we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1
(1:8) Security—Assurance: the believer’s third resource is the security of the Lord Jesus Christ, the assurance which He
brings to the believer’s heart. The word “confirm” (bebaiosei) means preserve and establish, make steadfast and firm and
secure. Jesus Christ will preserve and secure the believer from falling. Note the glorious reason: that the believer may be
“blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The word “blameless” (anegkletous) means unreprovable, guiltless. It means that no one will be able to accuse or bring
any accusation against the believer when he stands before Christ in the day of judgment. The “day of our Lord Jesus Christ”
will bring about the judgment seat of Christ, and only those who are preserved by the blood and power of Jesus Christ will be
counted blameless (v.8).
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it
until the day of Jesus Christ” (Ph.1:6).
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom
I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him
against that day” (2 Tim.1:12).
“And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly
kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever” (2 Tim.4:18).
“Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last
time” (1 Pt.1:5).
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the pres-
ence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 24).
“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of tempta-
tion, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth” (Rev.3:10).
(1:9) Fellowship, Spiritual: the believer’s fourth resource is God Himself, His glorious call. God has called believers for
one specific purpose: to be in fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord. The longing of God’s heart is for men to
know His Son...
• by becoming personally related to Him through adoption (Ro.8:15-17; Gal.4:4-6).
• by fellowshipping with Him day by day, all day long.
Note the point: God is not after us to fellowship with His Son only on a temporary basis. When God calls us to fellowship
with His Son, He means eternal fellowship. He is adopting us as children so that Jesus Christ will have our fellowship as
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of
adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are
the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be
that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together” (Ro.8:15-17).
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son,
that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Ro.8:29).
“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made un-
der the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And
because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father”
“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with
us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 Jn.1:3).
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will
come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Rev.3:20).
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