1 Corinthians 1: 1-9
Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ–their Lord and ours:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way–in all your speaking and in your knowledge–because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will keep you strong to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord is faithful.
Paul had previously spent time in Corinth and apparently started a church there. Paul starts his letter reminding the church that he has been set aside to be an apostle called by the will of God. He reminds them of the grace, peace and fellowship that God has provided to them wherein they should be able to keep strong, blameless to the end because of the spiritual gift provided through Christ Jesus. The Corinthians (and also our church today) need to remain in faithful fellowship with Jesus Christ because He is faithful.
Father thank you that you have given the church every Spiritual gift, including you Son, that we need to be strong and faithful to you in our world of sin and darkness so that we may be blameless when Christ returns. Help us to be faithful, set apart as your servants and to declare your love, grace and peace to all. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.