|Staying in the Word|
The Grace of Godliness - Part 1
THE CONFESSION OF GRACE Page 5
The self-appraisal here is in 54 A.D. some twenty years since his conversion. Let's look at how it progressed...
57 A.D. Romans 7:24 - "Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?"
65 A.D. 1Timothy 1:15 - "...Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.
V.10 ** As Paul grew more humble in the view of himself, did that mean he would not accept the role that Christ had called him to?
** How do you view yourself? How do you view your accomplishments? Who gets the credit when someone commends you for anything that you have said or done?
** Since we too can share this wonderful "confession of grace", does that mean that we can just sit back and relax because everything that we are and have is by God's grace?
** Well certainly, all that hard labor would be to Paul's credit, right?
V.11 ** Having stated that he worked harder than any other of the apostles, was it important to Paul that he be recognized as an effective, soul-winning preacher?