To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.—-their Lord and ours.” (16:15)

For Paul, the church had its sole foundation in Christ who began His church and is its only Lord. Morally, the church is holy because members have been made holy by Christ and live pure lives for Him. Thus, church members are saints or holy ones.

That saints are not super Christians in a separate category from others is clearly shown here. Paul addressed the Corinthians as holy or saints, then dealt with all their moral and spiritual problems. Saints, therefore, are all Christians in all churches in every place.


Precious Abba, The church consists of those of whom You have called to serve Christ Jesus. You sent Your Son Jesus Christ, to preach and teach in a completely new way. First He was to experience what all humans experience, which gave Him the insight into human joys, sadness, good times and harsh times and even heartbreak. It is this insight, that allowed Him to become the Savior of all humanity, and it is in His name we pray. Amen


Jesus’ last command while on earth was to LOVE. How are we doing on that?


You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—-fruit that will last.” (John 15:16)

Christians, those who take on this title not for attendance once a week, but those who continue the ministry of Christ. Fruit bearing Christians can expect answers to prayer, and I’m not just talking about those answers that we ourselves might answer, but the true answers that the Savior of the world give us.

People without Christ’s love cannot hear anything other than their own voice, affirming what they wanted to do in the first place. Those who are serving Christ in their lives, hear things that will challenge them in their daily walks of faith. The way that Christ’s work will be continued depends on prayer offered in His name and with the bounds of His character.


Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete.” (John16:2324)

Remember my brothers and sisters, Christian joy depends on the exercise of prayer privileges. We exercise that privilege by praying to the Father through Christ.

Previously, the disciples had relied on Jesus’ physical presence. The new experience of asking in the name of he ascended Christ brought new power and joy. Such power and joy remain available for believers.


And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John14:13-14)

There is a reason, beloved, that when we pray, we do in the right manner. By that I mean that we come with our minds in line with that of Christ. Just because you think a project or effort seems right, you need to take it to Him and clearly give thought to whether or not this furthers the continuation of His ministry.

It’s not just using His name that is the key, though that is important. Our prayers should be as though you are looking into the eyes of the ascended Christ and ask for that which is furthering the ministry He began, while on this earth. He will sen the Spirit as God’s comforting presence with us, and because our prayer is then within His character, that you ask this in His precious name. It is then, that our prayers are answered. Clear?


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