The Grace of God

And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.  For I am the least of the apostles, that am no meet to be called an apostle, because I persecute the church of God.  But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 

I Corinthians 15:8-10

In this passage, Paul tells a little about himself as it relates to his being an apostle. He says that he was the last of the apostles to see the Lord Jesus.  He says that he was “as of one born out of due time.”  He knew that he was not worthy to be called an apostle, because he had persecuted the church. He understood what he was and where he came from.  Then he makes a brilliant statement.  “But by the grace of God I am what I am.”  Paul understood something that we should also understand.  He understood that anything good in him was there because of the Lord Jesus.

Everything in our lives that is good is there because of the grace of God.  We are saved and forgiven because of the grace of God.  We have families because of the grace of God.  We have friends because of the grace of God.  Everything we have and everything we are is because of the grace of God.

It is important that we remember this.  Sometimes we tend to get puffed up in ourselves.  We get filled with pride.  We are nothing without the grace of God. We need to remember and be thankful for this.

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