Would you regularly give thanks for the church at Corinth? I don’t think that many Christians who are familiar with the problems mentioned in 1 Corinthians would. Granted, I may be wrong. But don’t forget – there were a lot of problems in Corinth! Division, lawsuits among brethren, the toleration of sexual immorality, the abuse of Christian liberty, the mistreatment of the Lord’s table, and the misuse of spiritual gifts, are just some of the problems found among them. Yet despite that abbreviated list of infamy Paul could speak honestly under inspiration of the Holy Spirit and say,
“who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:8-9)
Who will confirm the believer till the day of Christ? A quick glance back to verse four reminds us of that answer. For starters, Paul had addressed his thanksgiving to God (vs.4a), He is the one who bestows grace (vs.4b) and secondly, God is the one who calls believers into fellowship with His Son (vs.9b), and part of what makes that grace so amazing is that it is completely sustaining – it confirms believers till the end.
Today we have a first – this will be the first devotional that covers an entire chapter in the Book of Jeremiah. But this isn’t the first time the LORD has shown one of His prophets a basket of fruit (cf. Amos 8:1-3). As an aside, if you keep your eyes peeled for all the figs references found in Scripture (cf. Nah. 3:12; Mt. 21:18-20; 24:32; Jas. 3:12; etc.), it may change the way you look at a trip to grocery store. Maybe not. But let’s first see what Jeremiah saw; namely, “two baskets of figs set before the temple of the LORD” (vs.1b).
Was the breach irreparable? Was the relationship irreconcilable? Had Israel, to use language from chapter three, backslid so far past the point of no return that any previous promises that God had made towards them or any future plans that God had for them were annulled? Not according to Jeremiah chapter three. Amidst the calls to repent and the promises of forthcoming judgment comes a declarative promise of future restoration. Listen to some of the promises that God made. He said:
“Then it shall come to pass, when you are multiplied and increased in the land in those days,” says the Lord, “that they will say no more, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ It shall not come to mind, nor shall they remember it, nor shall they visit it, nor shall it be made anymore” (vs.16).
Omnipotence. In the opening chapter of Genesis, the God of Heaven did something no one else could do: He created everything out of nothing. In verse after verse of chapter one He simply spoke and fully formed things and creatures came into existence. As we read that opening chapter, our hearts and minds are granted the gracious privilege of beholding the origin of everything we see and God’s glory is on display as the sovereign Lord over the entire creation process. Turning our attention to chapter two, it appears that the omnipotence of God is one of the immediate attributes that is particularly noticeable.