3, p. 535), "All the whole work of grace consists in the internal acts of our wills, and external operations in duties suitable thereunto. Some of his boasting was funny. (Mk 16:20). for overwhelming need, overwhelming grace. Yet, I am not what I once was — a child of sin, and slave of the devil! ", The good that we are, the good that we do—it's all from grace. In Him I open my mouth in petition and praise! Moffatt: But by God's grace I am what I am. BUT I LABORED EVEN MORE THAN ALL OF THEM, YET NOT I BUT THE GRACE OF GOD WITH ME: alla perissoteron auton panton ekopiasa, (1SAAI) ouk ego de alla e charis tou theou [e] sun emoi: as in Paul’s case so in that of everyone who partakes of the salvation provided in the gospel, grace reigns, but each one needs to live in such a way so that the grace bestowed shall not be found unaccompanied by works… The connection with the subject lies in this, that the great extent and effects of Paul's labors were evidence of the resurrection of Christ; apart from that his work could not possibly have been undertaken and never would have achieved the results it accomplished. You sometimes meet with an infidel; perhaps you have one in your family, — a father, or brother, or sister, — and you are apt to say, “Well, it is no use trying to get such an one to go to the house of God, all he would do would be to mock and jeer. In Him is all love, and the repose of my soul! Yet this exertion on Paul's part is not the chief point as though Paul put more sensational effort into his work than the other apostles put into theirs. But O, amazed, I see the hand 1 Corinthians 15:10. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. He had a clear and correct apprehension of the qualities of character, idiosyncrasies of disposition, and powers of mind by which he was distinguished from all other men. (Wiersbe, W. W. Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament. (Amplified Bible - Lockman). An old Puritan says that we take in breath by prayer, Oswald Chambers observed, “Confidence in the natural world is self-reliance, in the spiritual world it is God-reliance.” Between the two, God-reliance is the strongest. But God, who called me here below, is not always the case with us) even then the wind would not always blow, for it “blows where it will.” Like the sea, we have our ebb as well as our flood-tide. And can you and I complete the task with our own limited resources, and our own feeble strengths? He has made us for noble purposes. (Wiersbe, W: Bible Exposition Commentary - New Testament. You have gone up to the house of God; and though you could find no fault with the sermon, there was, somehow or other, nothing in it for you. This sounds at first hearing to be on the "boastful side". The abundance of the Christian’s labors is the measure of his love. ", At the age of 82, Newton said, "My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: that I am a great sinner — and that Christ is a great Savior! Talking about his apostleship and comparing himself to the other apostles, Paul said, (1 Corinthians 15:10) "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. But Paul had a very definite idea of what he meant by it; and what he meant by it was a very large thing, which we may well ponder for a moment as being the only thing which will transform and ennoble character and will produce fruit that a man need not be ashamed of. You would have been Christless, hopeless, and portionless; had not grace constrained you! We see this in Galatians 1:15-16 where he wrote, "But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles…". Amazing Grace - Bagpipes First, respect your own individuality. It is he that worketh in you to will and to do, and the language of your hearts ought ever to be, "Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy and for thy truth's sake." this means that we must boast only in the Lord. more grace!" The insect worries, buzzing and persistent, But I labored more strenuously than all the rest—yet it was not I, but God's grace working with me. Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth (Zerubbabel's responsibility - even this was enabled by grace which led him to appropriate praise!) We are saved by grace (Ep 2:8, 9, 10), and we serve by grace (1Co 15:9, 10). Our striving would be losing; Christ, The King Of Love. to live out the disciplines of a godly man. Now we can understand why Paul's emphasis on humility in 1Co 15:9-note, "sets him up" for reception of God's amazing grace in 1Cor 15:10, for James teaches that "God is opposed (antitasso in the present tense = continually) to the proud (huperephanos), but gives (present tense = continually) grace to the humble (tapeinos)." Grace is based on the work of Jesus. With me (sun/syn emoi) - There are two conjunctions in Greek that can mean "with" - meta and sun/syn. (Ezekiel 36:27), In Hebrews in the context of the writer's prayer for his readers we find the same dichotomy of man working and God working in the working man…, (He 13:20-note = Now the God of peace… ) equip (katartizo) you in every good thing to do His will (The believer's responsibility), working in us (God's provision of grace) that which is pleasing in His sight (The fruit of grace working in the yielded diligent saint), through Jesus Christ, to Whom be the glory forever and ever. This is a very that we should memorize, that we should take to heart, that we should bring to mind every day of our lives. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. In this passage Paul is giving us the simple but profound secret for "successful" Christian living - grace. Let me just narrate a few instances. The man of God’s own choosing. It is spiritual work, to be done by spiritual men, in the power of the Spirit. It supplies motives. It will be good (the best) medicine for your soul! 1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. You remember, too, how you then sought the society of the godly, yet you received no consolation from them. Grace enables us to suffer without complaining (Ed: Php 2:14, 15-note), and even to use that suffering for God’s glory ("My grace is sufficient [arkeo] for you, for [My] power [dunamis] is perfected [teleioo] in weakness.” = 2Cor 12:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-note, 2Co 12:10-note). When quietly meditating upon the things of God, some fierce and fearful impulse to sin has assailed me, as if a giant had seized me by the neck, and pushed me onward until, at last, I came to the very brink of some awful iniquity, and looked down upon it; and, just as it seemed as if I must plunge into it, my eyes have been opened, and I have seen the horror of great darkness, and I have exclaimed, “O God! Only those who see themselves as utterly destitute can fully appreciate the grace of God. In all this Paul is not just referring to our initial salvation—but also of our progress. When we have exhausted our store of endurance, I have heard that, in some parts of New England, there used to be a day of fasting every month, to mourn for the iniquity of the land, and so on; and, at last, some senator proposed that they should have a feast, and thank God for the mercies which they had received; and, truly, he was in the right. 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