(4) I always thank God for you, because of His grace given to you in Christ Jesus. (5) For in him you have been enriched in every way – in all your speaking and in all your knowledge – (6) because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in 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 keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (9) God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
I was at a camp this weekend which was filled with Bible study. There were quite a few little “sermons” throughout the weekend, progressing through these three topics:
1 – Sitting (in Jesus, on His Word).
2 – Standing (on our faith and on our beliefs).
3 – Walking (in Christ’s footsteps and on God’s path).
I think these verses sum up quite well some of the main points which came across throughout the weekend.
In verse four, we hear about God’s grace given to us in Jesus. This was one of the first topics touched on – how we are not innocent, living in darkness, and certainly not worthy of a life with God, but through His grace and Jesus’ sacrifice we have been given hope, strength, and light.
In verses five and six, we learn that we have been enriched through Christ and our faith and belief in Him and the cross – not just “cured” of our problems, but enriched. We have been justified freely, as Romans 3:24 tells us – our accounts have not just been balanced but filled to overflowing. This, as we learnt over the weekend, is how we know that God has not forgotten us, even in our trouble times – because he has given us all we need and more.
In verse seven, we are told that because of Christ, because of our belief, because of God’s grace, we aren’t lacking in any spiritual gift as we wait for the Gospel to spread. In an analogy which was brought up several times over the weekend, our backpacks are full with all the tools we need. We never have to worry that we aren’t properly prepared or equipped to spread God’s Word when the opportunity arises, because He has given us everything we need to do so.
In verse eight, we are assured that God will keep us strong through everything, so that we can be blameless. This means that when we take a stance and stand our ground on a matter of faith or a matter of conduct, God will help us through it. Sometimes it can be difficult to stand our ground on things that we know are right or true, and it can be easy to fall under the pressures of the world. Verses eight and nine remind us that, through God, we can persevere and do anything, that God is always there for us and will never abandon us on our journey.