In Romans 16 Paul ends his letter to the Church at Rome with the commendation of many people who have been instrumental in supporting and encouraging him in the ministry to which God called him.  He also warns the believers at Rome of those who stand against the Gospel.  Paul then gives glory to God. Paul understood that it was only by God’s grace and His plan that the Gospel had spread so far. I must always remember that any fruit I see in the ministry of the Gospel comes from the gracious hand of God.

In 1 Corinthians 1 Paul begins with a blessing and a thankful greeting to the Church at Corinth.  He calls them saints (holy ones), because this is who they are in Christ. Paul also exhorts them to unity.  He then reminds them that it is not wisdom or might that made them Christians (Holy Ones), but God’s grace made them Christians.  God saved them by His grace “so that no man may boost before God.”  Instead Paul writes, “Let Him who boasts, boast in the Lord.” Salvation by grace through faith leaves no room for pride, only humility.  Lord, my salvation in Christ Jesus is by Your doing not mine.  May this fact continually bring me humility and bring You glory.

– Bryan McKenzie

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