God is Faithful
1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
When we consider God within the context of His faithfulness we are sometimes left with the question, “so . . . ?” There is no immediate revelation or shocking statement that grabs our attention as some of the other attributes of God does. That is not to say that it is unimportant nor does it say that this is a lesser attribute but we do not see how vital a roll this attribute of God really is. We have the tendency to simply take it for granted that God’s nature is so beyond us that of course, God is faithful, that is how God is.
The word, faithful, means to us that God will keep His word and that He will always be there for us. While that is true, it does not even come close to the fullness of its meaning. It also cast a picture of God as some genie that provides us with that which we do not have and will be there for us in the event of some overwhelming situation that we cannot handle. You see the picture; we are living our lives and God is our assistant while we are in control for the most of the time. We are number one and God is in a supporting role. Life is measured by my success and accomplishments; this would make us idolaters because God would have been demoted to being under us so that which has been elevated above has become an idol. I am sure that the vast majority of people would never consciously choose this simplistic picture but the reality is that a number of people choose it because they do not see the importance of the faithfulness of God.
The faithfulness of God is an attribute of God that describes his dependability which is itself dependent up the immutability of God. For those of you who are not familiar with immutability, it means the essence, attributes and consciousness of God that is unchangeable. In this world that is struggling to find something solid that will stand and withstand all the forces against us, God is the one thing that will never change. He is what He always has been and He will remain the same even after heaven and earth is passed away, and on forever. He cannot change for the better for He is already perfect; neither can He change for the worse for the same reason. Therefor His word is consistent throughout time and what was true before creation is also true within creation. His plan for man is the same now as it was prior to man’s sin and Satan’s temptations could never thwart God’s plan for man. It is both comforting and reassuring to know that God is great enough to bring us all the way home.
The application of this characteristic of God is tremendous. Anything we have discover about God as to His character and essence is always true. For example; Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. And I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. In these two verses (and there are many other like verses) we see the eternal God consistently working to deliver us from the grip of sin. There is no sin that He cannot forgive and He is ever reaching to us to set us free from sin’s grip. God is faithful in His and purpose and only our own stubborn will prevents us from availing ourselves of this deliverance.