it is God who establishes …

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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II Corinthians 1:12-24

For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you. For we are not writing to you anything other than what you read and understand and I hope you will fully understand—  just as you did partially understand us—that on the day of our Lord Jesus you will boast of us as we will boast of you.  Because I was sure of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have a second experience of grace.   I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to come back to you from Macedonia and have you send me on my way to Judea.   Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to the flesh, ready to say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time?  As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No.  For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes.  For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.   And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us,  and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.  But I call God to witness against me—it was to spare you that I refrained from coming again to Corinth.   Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith.

Our faith is built on an unwavering pretext.  It is not founded on mankind’s ideas, philosophies or conjectures.  It is founded on Christ Jesus; on him crucified for our sins, raised again to new life and living with the Father now.  It is founded on his model, our redemption, our certain future with him.  It is founded on truth that has been tested, found true.  It is built on a sureness that resonates within us, our spirit connecting with his Spirit.  Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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