Wednesday, June 13, 2007

CONFIRMED TO THE END

"Confirmed to the end" - 1 Cor. 1:8

The word used in 1 Cor. 1:8 is BEBAIO-O which means to establish or to keep stable. Paul elaborates saying that to "confirm" to the end means to keep blameless or pure until judgment day. The word BEBAIO-O is found eight times in the New Testament. In Mark 16:20, it says that God confirmed the words spoken by the Apostles by performing miracles, wonders, and signs. The miracles established to the witnesses that the message was true. This is the same thing that the Hebrew writer says in chapter 2:3 that God's word was confirmed "to us" by those who heard. In verse four, it is pointed out that the miracles of God are what ultimately confirmed the spoken word. So what is Paul mean by "confirmed to the end?" He is saying that the Christians salvation is certain and secure by God who confirms and establishes the Christian to the end. Thus Paul is giving a message of assurance to the Christians who might not understand the confidence they have in God's grace. This is what the Hebrew writer says in 13:9. "Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited." While carnal things offer only fleeting satisfaction, the grace of God "strengthens" or "confirms" the salvation of God's children until the end. What a blessing and "an indescribable gift" is God's saving grace! Hallelujah, for by my active and obedient faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 1:5; 16:26), God confirms me to the end. Hallelujah, that I am assured that I am saved and that I will inherit eternal life with Him.

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