Inthe old Testament there are many themes flow throughout the text and some ofthose are faithfulness, covenant, creation, and Grace. One of the major themesin the Old Testament is faithfulness and what faithfulness is the belief ofaction and power. Whenever we work toward a worthy goal, we are exercising our faithNo matter if we cannot see what he does we still show our hope for something. Thefaithfulness of God is true and has been proven many times. God has made manycovenants and he has kept everyone.
Every promise he makes will come true. Demonstrationafter demonstration of God’s faithfulness is still found throughout the Bibleand is still being given to people today. To have faith in Jesus means we must relycompletely on him and trust in his infinite love, powers, and intelligence.Which then we still keep faith in believing his teachings even if it meansbelieving in him even though we do not understand all the things, he does. Thefaithfulness of God is bluntly evident in his relationship with both the Hebrewand Jewish people. God made a land covenant with Abraham and has neverwithdrawn what He has promised.
“The Lord said to Abram: Goforth from your land, your relatives, and from your father’s house to a landthat I will show you. Abraham passed through the land as far as the sacredplace at Shechem, by the oak of Moreh. The Canaanites were then in the land. The Lord appearedto Abram and said: To your descendants I will give this land. So, Abram builtan altar there to the Lord who had appeared to him.
” (Genesis12:1-6-7) God promised Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all their descendants that theywould return to their land. This shows that no matter what you do or what pathyou take if you have faith in God he’ll keep his promises. I’ve chosen the passage in the Corinthians,where Paul sent his first letter to them in about 53 A.D. Paul had severalpurposes for writing to the Corinthians.
His main objective was to reform the Jewishpeople into Christians. But also had many other purposes such as dealing withseveral moral problems and the divisions that had formed as people had dividedinto fan clubs. Another reason was he had to deal with several questions the Corinthianshad asked him in the letter they sent back.
And his last reason was that Paulhad to defend his apostolic authority. As some of purposes don’t account forthe passage I’ve chosen if you analyze this first part before Paul goes andconfronts the Corinthians it gives you what his main objective is. “I givethanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you inChrist Jesus, that in him you were enriched in every way, with all discourseand all knowledge, as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you, so thatyou are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of ourLord Jesus Christ. He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the dayof our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is faithful, and by him you were called tofellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord”. (Corinthians 1:4-9) Beforetalking about how the passage fits into the theme there are some importantwords and ideas that first must be explained. For example, Paul says he givesgrace to god which means he gives all honor and credit to God; this shows thatPaul is doing everything through God. An idea we also have to touch upon isPaul stats in the end he will keep you strong and faultless until the day ourLord, meaning you won’t steer of course of God as long as you keep your faith. Whichthen brings us to what the whole passage is based upon and that is that God isalways faithful and always will be because you have faith in him. With that explanationit shows what Paul’s main purpose was for the Corinthians which is God is ever so true to you,and it was by him that you were, one and all, called into fellowship with hisSon Jesus Christ, our Lord; This was Paul’s purpose to reform the Corinthiansfrom Jew’s to Christians.
Some personalexperiences I’ve had with being faithful to God is back in 9th gradeI was very religious and would pray before every lacrosse/football game Iplayed. I even lead a pray before every game for my team and I would have teammatescome up to me saying that was great and it motivated them. Unfortunately thatall came to an end in 12th grade and I had to pass the pray over toone of my good friends because I hit a rough patch in my life and startedmaking very poor decisions because of a terrible breakup.
It really hurt mecause I lost friends and my friends were even worried about me but didn’t knowhow to address my problem. It wasn’t till I came to Belmont Abbey that I cameback full circle and was actually paying attention to myself because I was onmy own. It also helped that I was listening to what we were learning in class andit clicked that I was back to where I was in 9th grade. Second bestthing was when spring started and began to have games, we’d have a prayer beforethe game. Overall keeping faith with the God is essential otherwise you’ll fallin to darkness just as I did.
Paul never did because he always had faith in Godand his doings no matter what.