In
the old Testament there are many themes flow throughout the text and some of
those are faithfulness, covenant, creation, and Grace. One of the major themes
in the Old Testament is faithfulness and what faithfulness is the belief of
action and power. Whenever we work toward a worthy goal, we are exercising our faith
No matter if we cannot see what he does we still show our hope for something. The
faithfulness of God is true and has been proven many times. God has made many
covenants and he has kept everyone. Every promise he makes will come true. Demonstration
after demonstration of God’s faithfulness is still found throughout the Bible
and is still being given to people today. To have faith in Jesus means we must rely
completely on him and trust in his infinite love, powers, and intelligence.
Which then we still keep faith in believing his teachings even if it means
believing in him even though we do not understand all the things, he does. The
faithfulness of God is bluntly evident in his relationship with both the Hebrew
and Jewish people. God made a land covenant with Abraham and has never
withdrawn what He has promised. “The Lord said to Abram: Go
forth from your land, your relatives, and from your father’s house to a land
that I will show you. Abraham passed through the land as far as the sacred
place at Shechem, by the oak of Moreh. The Canaanites were then in the land. The Lord appeared
to Abram and said: To your descendants I will give this land. So, Abram built
an altar there to the Lord who had appeared to him.” (Genesis
12:1-6-7) God promised Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all their descendants that they
would return to their land. This shows that no matter what you do or what path
you 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 several
purposes for writing to the Corinthians. His main objective was to reform the Jewish
people into Christians. But also had many other purposes such as dealing with
several moral problems and the divisions that had formed as people had divided
into fan clubs. Another reason was he had to deal with several questions the Corinthians
had asked him in the letter they sent back. And his last reason was that Paul
had to defend his apostolic authority. As some of purposes don’t account for
the passage I’ve chosen if you analyze this first part before Paul goes and
confronts the Corinthians it gives you what his main objective is. “I give
thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in
Christ Jesus, that in him you were enriched in every way, with all discourse
and all knowledge, as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you, so that
you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our
Lord Jesus Christ. He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day
of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, and by him you were called to
fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord”. (Corinthians 1:4-9) Before
talking about how the passage fits into the theme there are some important
words and ideas that first must be explained. For example, Paul says he gives
grace to god which means he gives all honor and credit to God; this shows that
Paul is doing everything through God. An idea we also have to touch upon is
Paul stats in the end he will keep you strong and faultless until the day our
Lord, meaning you won’t steer of course of God as long as you keep your faith. Which
then brings us to what the whole passage is based upon and that is that God is
always faithful and always will be because you have faith in him. With that explanation
it 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 his
Son Jesus Christ, our Lord; This was Paul’s purpose to reform the Corinthians
from Jew’s to Christians.

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Some personal
experiences I’ve had with being faithful to God is back in 9th grade
I was very religious and would pray before every lacrosse/football game I
played. I even lead a pray before every game for my team and I would have teammates
come up to me saying that was great and it motivated them. Unfortunately that
all came to an end in 12th grade and I had to pass the pray over to
one of my good friends because I hit a rough patch in my life and started
making very poor decisions because of a terrible breakup. It really hurt me
cause I lost friends and my friends were even worried about me but didn’t know
how to address my problem. It wasn’t till I came to Belmont Abbey that I came
back full circle and was actually paying attention to myself because I was on
my own. It also helped that I was listening to what we were learning in class and
it clicked that I was back to where I was in 9th grade. Second best
thing was when spring started and began to have games, we’d have a prayer before
the game. Overall keeping faith with the God is essential otherwise you’ll fall
in to darkness just as I did. Paul never did because he always had faith in God
and his doings no matter what.

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