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February 20, 2017, 10:31 AM

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“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect.” – 1 Cor. 15:10a

Paul was in the middle of sharing the gospel with his audience. Then, he took a moment to express a humble, yet important part of his ministry.  The verse noted above expresses a sentiment that is all too often forgotten.  Maybe, that’s why Paul felt it important to include at this point.

Paul states that it is by God’s grace that he is included as an apostle.  Why? Because, he recalls all that he has done, all that he has been a part of, and all that he is compared to the glory of his Lord and Savior.  He understands where he is and from where he has come.  There is an old proverb that many, if not all of us know: “There to but for the grace of God go I.”  Unfortunately, many of us use it like this, “Glad I didn’t wind up like that.”  Instead, it should be more like, “It is by God’s grace that this didn’t happen to me, as I have made that same mistake or one similar to it.”  Compassion is brought out in the second interpretation, but not in the first.

Secondly, Paul stated that God’s grace “was not without effect.”  This means that there was evidence in Paul’s life of God’s grace.  Paul lived a life that demonstrated grace by giving grace to others.  He didn’t forget that he had received grace himself, therefore, he showed grace to others.  This is an area, that many of us forget as well.  We keep the grace to ourselves, forgetting to share it without others.  Grace is meant to be given away.  Receive it and give it.  It’s a gift meant to be given a way!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant 

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