Second Sunday After Epiphany: The Epistle Passage – An Invitation from God and the Lord Jesus Christ, by way of Paul

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:1-9)

While this is a very open and gracious letter, there are a few qualifiers. To be brief, you need to believe firmly and unshakably in God. Do not mind the part of being Corinthians, or from Corinth, or going to Corinth. Because those who believe in Corinth or of Corinth are placed together with “all those who in every place”; and I think we can safely assume this qualifier transcends time. Having qualified according to Paul, grace and peace is extended to us, not only from Paul but also from “God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

So here I need to pause. I need to take in what has been bestowed so far and let it sink into my being. Maybe it is the same for you too, beloved reader. After hurry and worry of the day, the soul must pause and rest, withdraw from all that is a part of this earthly world and enter into to what is of the spirit, and the Spirit. Because that is who and what Paul is invoking on his reader’s behalf – the breath of God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. And if you have qualified according to Paul’s admonition for faith (because that is what Paul is doing – both inviting and exhorting/admonishing his reader to have faith) then the blessing of the Spirit of the Divine is yours – to enrich you and strengthen you, guide you and instruct you, and give you every good spiritual gift.

Breath it in, beloved reader. It is there for you. Breath it in as I have breathed it in. Let it fill you and banish all things in this world that pull on you and weaken you. That is not what Paul intended, and not what the Spirit of the Lord God intended. According to Paul (who I am not doubting) the intention is what when Jesus Christ returns, we will be “blameless.” I don’t know, and I don’t think, be pulled and harried by the world makes us “blame-able.” But if we have sinned or strayed from God because of the world, we must make our way back. And if we have not yet found our way to God and Jesus Christ, we must hasten to do so – so that the blame will be taken from us. We, all of us, are called into fellowship with the Divine. Not us not turn aside from the fellowship, but enter into it with joy. Selah!

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About Carole Boshart

I have two blogs on WordPress. "A Simple Desire" which is based on the daily "Sips of Scripture" published and sent out by Third Way Cafe. "Pondering From the Pacific" is based on my reflections on the world - sometimes religious/spiritual, and sometimes not so much.

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