“I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge — even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you — so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1:4–8 ESV)

The opening prayer in this letter to the Corinthian church is one of thankfulness. Because they have been given grace by God in Jesus. Paul prays that they would be enriched in the faith and not lack.

Then comes the gems — Jesus will sustain you to the end and in him you are guiltless. These words are not only for this first century church, they are for you today if you believe in Jesus.

For the journey of life, the ups and downs, the path that is before you — in all of it, Jesus will sustain you. He brings you to the end on purpose and empowered by him for life. This is a tremendous relief. He doesn’t start us off and just hope we will finish well. He maintains and sustains us through all of life. Face whatever comes your way know this: Jesus will sustain you.

And he will make you guiltless in the day of judgment. As you stand before his throne you wear his righteousness, he perfection, his guiltlessness. This is ours when we believe that Jesus is the God-man and he only saves sinners for whom he lived a perfect life, died a substitutionary death and rose from the dead. What good news this is indeed.

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