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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?

No. He simply was willing to "confess" how he got there. "But by the grace of God I am what I am..."

** 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?

For us, like the apostle Paul, we must acknowledge that we are what God has made us and when we obey Him or act in a manner that draws the approval of others, we should be quick to "confess" that is was all by His marvelous grace.

** 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?

No! The apostle said that God's "grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them..."

The one who was chosen last of all, the least of the apostles, labored the hardest!

** Well certainly, all that hard labor would be to Paul's credit, right?

Wrong!!! Even when we labor hard for our Lord, it is only because He granted us the grace to do it. Our part is simply to be faithful and "hold fast to the Word" which was preached to us.
cf. verse 2

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?

No...he said, "Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed."

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