I. Corinthians 1:4,9
All true Christian experience has its origin in the call of God: “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you.” (Jh.15:16).
The apostle stated this “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;” (I.Tim.1:12) We shall note some precious things underlying in this call. It is….
One. It is The Call of Grace. “The grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ” (v.4). This grace by Christ Jesus could never come as a response to human merit. “By grace are ye saved, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2. 8). In grace He calls, because that, while “we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom.5:8).
Two. It is a Call to Enrichment. “In everything ye are enriched by Him, in all utterance and all knowledge” (v. 5). The new life in Christ is enriched with a new value and a new power”Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (II.Cor.5:17).
There is a deeper knowledge of God, a clear vision of the treasure of His Word, and fuller expression of all these in this life “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.” (Isa.6:1). Truly, we are people who are Rich in faith, rich toward God.
Three. It is a call to Patient Waiting. “Ye came behind in no gift. Waiting for the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is to be feared that many do come behind in their gift of looking for the Coming of the Lord “These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, (Jude1:16).
The Christians at Thessalonica had this gift “And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come”(1.Thess.1:9, 10).
We should be thankful that his gift is being freely bestowed on God’s people in these days “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Gal.5:1).
Four. It is a Called to a Blameless Life “That ye may be blameless in the Day of our Lord Jesus Christ” (v.8).
Herein lies the practical of this “Blessed Hope, ” which if often questioned by the unbelieving “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Rom.12:12).
Our lives must be affected by our prospects. “Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself” (1.Jh.3:3).
Five. It is a Call to the Fellowship of Jesus Christ “Ye were called into the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord” (v.9).
What a high calling this is to be Called into partnership with Christ in seeking to save the lost and in the building up of His Church, and in the hastening of His Kingdom “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Mt.6:9,10)
In all this we are to be-not sleeping partners, but-active co-workers together with Him “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.” (Rom.13:11,12).
Six. He is faithful who has called us. (v. 9). This holy calling does imply serious responsibility.
We might well tremble when we think of our own poverty and ignorance and weakness. But then, it was by the God who is ever true to His promise that called.us.
Note what the apostle says to the Philippians: “My God, so great in His wealth in Christ Jesus, will fully supply every need of yours” (Phil. 4: 19).