Lord Sabaoth is His name, Victor) (Bolding and color and references added), Jesus alludes to the "yet not I principle" in John 15 teaching…, I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides (present tense = as one's lifestyle. He wrote several poems. Toil is not painful when it is prompted by love. In context the effectiveness of God's grace was evidenced by the fact that Paul labored more than the other apostles. Be not concerned if your Christian experience should be different from that of others. (Letters of John Newton) "By the grace of God I am what I am!". Neither was it undue pride when he affirmed that he “labored more abundantly” than all of the other apostles (v.10). 1 Corinthians 15:10-11 7757 preaching, effects Call for songs of loudest praise. Lenski adds that "It is literally true: grace alone achieved all these results. reaches me, 1 Cor. For no (absolute negation = no exceptions!) I Am What I Am -- A few years before John Newton died, a friend was having breakfast with him. Thus does a sense of sin, and a believing sight of Christ, lay the soul low before God in self-renunciation and self-abhorrence. Instructions: Swallow it completely. KJV: 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 laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. No, I worked harder than all of them-- yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Nay, though he was conscious of his own diligence, and zeal, and service, so that he could say of himself, the grace of God was not given him in vain, but he laboured more abundantly than they all: he thought himself so much more the debtor to divine grace. (1Corinthians 15:10 Lesson on Divine Grace) (Or you can download an Mp3 version with a British accent to listen while you drive or run or bike - 1Corinthians 15:10 Lessons on Divine Grace), Octavius Winslow's devotional on 1Co 15:10 from Daily Walking with God…. "By the grace of God I am what I am!" needs to be your continual cry. Multitudes of examples are found in the Old Testament of Israelites attempting to presume upon God's grace: e.g., manna given by grace but this grace presumed upon by those who failed to heed God's command to gather on Fridays enough for that day and the Sabbath. The sun forbear to shine; Has the Spirit of God emptied you? I would not boast of it. (Isa 6:5), Listen to the penitent publican–"God be merciful to me a sinner!" You know those rocking-stones down in the south of England; tons of weight poised upon a pin point, and so exquisitely balanced that a child’s finger rightly applied may move the mass. What you are is because of grace. Here's one about his fight with Sonny Liston. When he thinks of what he originally was and then looks at these results he finds only one explanation: "not I—but God's grace. As good stewards we are to use our gifts, but we are to continually recognize that they are gifts reflective of His grace working in and through us to bring glory to His Name (see 1Pe 4:10, 11-note). (NIV - IBS), NLT: But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me-- and not without results. Through many dangers, toils and snares, The Greek word for "not" (ou) signifies absolute negation. NAS = empty(2), empty-handed(4), foolish(1), futile things(1), vain(10). This is the believer's eternal confession! H.H. It is God that worketh in us both the willing and the doing. Bible Book List. Our lives should be as jewels—though little in quantity yet great in value. And when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard. Your meat has mercy for its sauce. If the oil runs, the wick burns. Moreover this should teach us hopefulness concerning other men. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. (Alas, what numbers do!) (Wiersbe, W. W. Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament. But then I realized that Paul was ascribing even his hard work to the grace of God. to own and magnify the grace of God. Then, thy mercy, O God, held me up!”, I do not know whether you have had strong impulses of that kind; many of God’s people have, and especially those who, before conversion, plunged deeply into sin. And shout, Free grace, free grace alone! That stopped me in my wild career; Read verse in New International Version -- What we are looking for will or should radically impact what and Who we are living for! Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:10. Seek to realize your dependence on this grace every moment. (Why Hope? In Colossians Paul alludes to the "yet not I principle" in declaring one of the chief goals of his ministry (one we should all diligently seek to imitate as God enables us)…, And we proclaim (kataggello) Him (Col 1:27b-note), admonishing (noutheteo) every man and teaching (didasko) every man with all wisdom (sophia), that we may present (paristemi) every man complete (teleios = fully developed, full grown, wanting nothing necessary for completeness, fully attaining to the purpose and goal for which we were designed and redeemed) in Christ (Beloved, is that not the "great commission" - to train up "fully matured" disciples of Christ! Heavenly trade is not always brisk, even in the best market, that is, in the breast of the believer. The sudden storms beyond our life's control. He did not ignore his own individuality. We need exciting, assisting, sustaining grace; not only grace in us—but grace with us (1Cor. No, more than that, the mind, unless it be most graciously taught by the Spirit of God, will be apt to go beyond the true Scriptural doctrine, and to push the term beyond its legitimate sphere. Brethren and sisters, have you ever had times when the fountains of the great deep of your depravity have been broken up? It should come as no surprise tha… The poor fellow couldn't figure out what had happened to his car. But God accepts us as we are, He went from boasting in his accomplishments which on a human level were many (Php 3:4, 5, 6-note), to boasting (Ro 5:11YLT-note, 1Cor 1:31, 2Co 10:17) in the God of all grace (1Pe 5:10-note)! John Piper Mar 31, 1991 160 Shares Sermon. Oh, dear friends! Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books, Wordsearchbible - Lenski - Commentary on the New Testament, Logos - Lenski's Commentary on the New Testament, 1 Corinthians 15:10 Paul's Estimate of Himself, Vine, W. Collected writings of W. E. Vine. (Walking By Grace - James 4:6-10), “Did we in our own strength confide, The English word grace is from the Latin gratia meaning favor, charm or thanks. (cp 1Co 1:23, 2:2, 2Cor 4:5, Gal 6:14-note) Amazing grace indeed! No sinner would ever have sought God — but "by grace." If you don’t apply this to commitment and discipline, you won’t get anywhere. Look at the vilest, the most debased, the most debauched of our race — and you may truly say, "Such I may have been — but for free and sovereign grace! 2:1), so that we can be victorious soldiers. Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. If there is kindness, justice and righteousness on this earth—it's because of Him, because of His grace. Phillips: But what I am now I am by the grace of God. Some prisoners don't get help and they do okay. accompanies, Sermon 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Same Mind, Same Purpose Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Children's Sermons Hymn Lists 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Same Mind, Same Purpose The Rev. Octavius Winslow agrees declaring "Christian! Self-denial does not necessarily involve grace-denial. I wish that some persons, who think themselves very sound in doctrine, would recollect our text. That Paul was actually saved by grace is clear to everyone who knows about his conversion. You may speak of it, and speak of it often, but always guard against taking any of the honour to yourselves, and be especially careful to put the crown upon the right head (cp Ps 115:1), Grace: — Greater than Our Sin Let Him come and put His great gentle hand on the top of yours, and that will enable you to scotch the wheels, and make self-denial possible. (Jn 15:5), Here is an Old Testament version of the "yet not I principle" in Zechariah…. In Him an eternity of glory is my boundless horizon! We weren't even created when He called us! Good John Newton used to say that, for a Calvinist to be proud, was the most inconsistent thing in the world; because, by his own profession, there were truths which no man could receive or understand of himself; so, why should he boast of his own attainments, and why should he blame others for not doing what he knows they cannot do of themselves? No matter how hard you work—and you should work hard!—the lasting fruit of your labor is always owing to God’s grace. And then in the second, showing how this grace is Christ's strength working in us, while we are nothing, he tells us: 'He said unto me: My grace is sufficient for thee: My power is made perfect in weakness.'. In his phrase "with me", Paul chose "sun/syn" which is the more "intimate" of the two prepositions. or when? Which of the two, do you think, is your real state? An old Puritan says that we take in breath by prayer, And by God’s grace you are now being sanctified. Wisdom may be learned from an enemy. But down in one corner is a little hidden spring. But it's not just before the beginning of time, or in our initial calling, or in the moment that we are saved that we receive grace—what Paul tells us here is that his current standing, as an apostle, as a Christian, was because of grace. Without Him all is wrath and consuming fire. Lenski says kopiao describes "labor that requires strenuous exertion that tires. If our brethren cannot see as well as we, can, why should we be angry with them because our eyes are better than theirs? For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.". (2Co 5:20). 13.4-Pr 11.25. Our Father’s full giving is only begun. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000), I am (eimi) - Don't miss this small but significant point that underscores what we've just read. We have nothing in ourselves that enables us to serve Him; the ministry must all come from God (1Co 15:9, 10; Php 4:13-note; 1Ti 1:12). Martin Luther, Paul gives a great explanation of the "instructing (teaching, disciplining) effect" of grace in Titus 2:11ff writing…, Titus 2:11 For (explains Titus 2:10-note how bondslaves were able to adorn the doctrine of God) the grace of God has appeared (In the form of a Person, the Messiah - Jn 1:14, 16, 2Ti 2:1-note), bringing salvation to all men, (Titus 2:11-note), Titus 2:12 (the grace of God) instructing (paideuo = the training or disciplining as one would in raising a child to maturity - The present tense = continually training us, so if we don't partake of this "instruction" and "empowerment" it is not for lack of supply - cp 2Co 12:9-note) us to deny (Ed: Beloved, do not try to "deny" things in your own strength or by trying to keep a set of "do's and don't's" which is simply a form of legalism - Read about the effect of "legalistic" rules on our old flesh nature in Ro 7:5-note]. Magazine covers feature tips on how to lose 20 pounds in ten days, cosmetic companies promise creams that erase the lines of time on your face and the media continues to bombard us with the idea that we should all look like runway models. | 110 … God has given us some words that the world just doesn't know how to properly appreciate. How good to us Jesus has been. Not that we are adequate (hikanos) in ourselves to consider anything (Ed: not… anything = nothing!) He giveth and giveth and giveth again. Supplied by Grace (He 4:16) Paul is not merely ascribing them to grace with a sort of humble generosity on his part. Our God is a God who works by means.” This principle not only applies to holiness, but to Christian service. ", "I came, I saw, I conquered!" to live out the disciplines of a godly man. ", "Now Clay lands with a right, what a beautiful swing,And the punch raises the Bear clean out of the ring.Liston is still rising and the ref wears a frown,For he can't start counting till Sonny goes down.Now Liston is disappearing from view, the crowd is going frantic,But radar stations have picked him up, somewhere over the Atlantic.Who would have thought when they came to the fight?That they'd witness the launching of a human satellite.Yes the crowd did not dream, when they put up the money,That they would see a total eclipse of the Sonny. Everything in his life comes from God’s grace — sola gratia — grace alone!…, Salvation is by grace alone, and living the Christian life is by grace alone also. And grace subdues my lusts within. You may think that you're pretty good. Each note shall echo, Grace, free grace! 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. ", Arising out of this new standing the whole of the Christian life from beginning to end is grace. These things will strike us in quite another manner--when we view them from the light of eternity! That is, “divine grace has made me what I am. This is what Paul means by “fallen from grace” (Gal 5:4)-moving out of the sphere of grace into the sphere of Law, ceasing to depend on God’s resources and depending on our own resources. And it is grace which, at this moment, "keeps" you. Yes, there’s a time for godly introspection and confession, but the Christian life isn’t a "perpetual (spiritual) autopsy". And as for your spiritual blessings, where are your streams found, whence do they gush—but from the inexhaustible fountain of eternal love? In 1Corinthians 15:10 Paul does a bit of self-examination in order to know where he stands with the other apostles. It will be good (the best) medicine for your soul! With me (sun/syn emoi) - There are two conjunctions in Greek that can mean "with" - meta and sun/syn. 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. That's a good illustration but it's not perfect because it doesn't go far enough. So we should pay close attention to it. Offer yourself to Him for His work as the one object of your life. 'Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.'". I don't want to take this further than Paul intended (so be a Berean! Years ago there was a story in the Grand Rapids Press that illustrates this. This is how Paul worked for the propagation of the gospel of the grace of God. The Woodpecker - The fable says that a woodpecker pecking away at the trunk of a dead tree when it was struck by lightning, fracturing the tree down the middle. During the prank the guy thought his car was getting great mileage. Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:10. And the Almighty Bestower of the blessings of grace — is always "waiting to be gracious. Oh! During his last hours, John Knox woke from a slumber sighing, and told his friends that he had just been tempted to believe he had 'merited heaven and eternal blessedness, by the faithful discharge of my ministry. Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books or Wordsearch) (Bolding added), Whatever begins with God's grace Touch that and with majestic slowness and certainty the mighty mass turns. James makes this stunning declaration regarding the believer’s universal experience in this world: “[B]ut he gives us more grace” (Jas 4:6). 1-Corinthians 15:11 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. In the same way, Jesus promised us that He would be with us “to the very end of the age” (Matt. Ephesians 2:10 said that we have been created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do. for overwhelming need, overwhelming grace. The verb kopiao speaks of intense, hard, wearisome toil even to the point of utter exhaustion and even fainting. Our citizenship is in heaven--we are not at home--but only reside here on earth for a season, to fulfill our appointed service. Ephesians 2:10 said that we have been created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do. If another brother is thought to be unsound they are ready to cut him in pieces; it would be better if they were to say, before using their sword for such a purpose, “By the grace of God we are what we are.” Though you should be never so sound and right yourselves, be gentle with the brother who has not received so much grace as you have. All my hopes of heaven; all my zeal; all my success; all my piety; all my apostolic endowments, are to be traced to Him. The selfsame power that has quickened the mightiest man in the army of the Lord of hosts has quickened you also; The grace that saves the greatest and needy saints who are…, Saved by Grace (Ep 2:8, 1:7) We do not dispense grace nor manipulate it. We can’t get apart from each other. Receive the poetic lyrics to an inspiring hymn and its supporting Scripture each Sunday morning. Christ Jesus, it is He; The roaring winds that leave us stunned and breathless, For out of His infinite riches in Jesus (MacArthur, John: 1Timothy Moody Press). The mother pays for it. (2Th 2:14), (God) Who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works (we could never earn this "call" from God), but according to His own purpose (cp Ep 1:9) and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus (Where is the grace?) Let your light shine beloved (Mt 5:16). (NET Bible), NIV: But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. When from this world my soul removes In James 2:20 the vain man (kenos) is one empty of divinely imparted wisdom; in James 2:26 the vain religion (mataios) is that which produces nothing profitable; kenos stresses lack of quality, mataios lack of effect. Some of you must weep over that verse in which the apostle says, “And such were some of you, but ye are washed;” and you say, “Yes, and to God be all the glory that he hath made us what we are.” Therefore, let us continue to look after those whom Satan has ensnared, even the most hard-hearted sinners, and seek to bring them under the saving influence of the grace of God. God will use our natural abilities, but is not limited to them. As Paul said in Romans 9:21, "Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?". Colorado Springs: The Navigators/NavPress), Yet not I - Here is the "secret" of the Christian life in a nutshell! teaches me Your immeasurable love. It is not altered in the slightest degree; the language is the same, the strain the same, the song the same, “By the grace of God,” we all of us must say, “we are what we are.” (1Corinthians 15:10 Lesson on Divine Grace) (Or you can download an Mp3 version with a British accent to listen while you drive or run or bike - 1Corinthians 15:10 Lessons on Divine Grace). Did not prove vain - More literally this reads "did not become in vain". His presence and power enable us to say as the apostle Paul did in today's verse, “by the grace of God I am what I am” (1Co 15:10). Phil Newton explains that theologians speak of three types of grace: (1) Common grace, that which is given to everyone, e.g., air to breathe, warmth of the sun, etc. You see, there is no contradiction between grace and hard work. In the Christian life grace is everything. He evokes their life. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, between the years 1997 and 2000 there was a 173 percent increase in cosmetic surgery. Then he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,', says the LORD of hosts. Defends my soul when danger’s near; And if our comfort and hope are in any way dependent on the transformation of our lives, that comfort is still an eternal comfort and that hope is still a good hope, because it is “not I, but the grace of God with me” that guarantees the progress I need in sanctification. Grace unto it!’ (Read Maclaren's entire message - 1 Corinthians 15:10 Paul's Estimate of Himself), FREE GRACE Andrew Murray warns us not to get lost in "the work" reminding us that…, abounding work needs abounding grace as its source and strength. by Dennis Rokser. Paul was part of the Jewish remnant that was supernaturally transformed from a "works based" spiritual death to a "grace based" spiritual life (Ro 11:5, 6-note) Instead of persecuting Christians, now he sought to see them saved by the same grace of God that had saved him! of His free and boundless love to poor sinners. And thus grace is not just unmerited favor, but is the power to transformed an abject sinner into an absolute saint. First, respect your own individuality. It seems to me that it indicates Paul was a "great grace receiver." When God made him an apostle He gave him grace. How good to us Jesus has been. Acts 1:1, 2). Surprised by Grace (1Co 15:8-10) That was no doubt a very good antidote to a Roman general's pride. (Gal 2:20-note), Warren Wiersbe refers to the "yet not I principle" when he reminds believers that…, We stand in grace; it is the foundation for the Christian life (Ro. `` humility quotient close at hand ago there was a story of John Newton died, a,! 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