“And He will establish you to the end [keep you steadfast, give you strength, and guarantee your vindication; He will be your warrant against all accusation or indictment so that you will be] guiltless and irreproachable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah). God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on); by Him you were called into companionship and participation with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:8-9 ->me: These verses are so powerful! Last week in our Young Marrieds Life Group, we started a study of 1 Corinthians. This week was spent on the first 9 verses of chapter 1. The amount of theology and significance in the words of Paul and the heart of God is amazing. Just in these first verses, Paul sets the stage for the entire epistle but these 2 verses are just so influential right now. Notice how there are no conditions – God WILL keep us to the end and there, when Jesus returns, we will be without reproach and guiltless! Do I represent in deed, action, and living what I receive in grace? It isn’t just that God is faithful…oh no, He has also called us into fellowship with His only Son…the same one who paid the price for my guiltless, blameless, and shameless status when He returns. I am NOT without sin, no, but I am without the penalty for that sin. Will I be able to look at the face of my returning Savior representing the guiltless life He bought for me?..or will He find me embroiled in a striving for earthly greatness and self-worth?