1 Cor. 12: 1-3

Tom Harding

Those who are chosen by Godís grace, redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ and quickened and made alive by the Holy Spirit have no reason to boast of any personal achievement. The apostle Paul uses this powerful phrase, "no man" two times in one verse to exclude any from exalting the deeds of the flesh. We were ignorant Gentiles, carried away unto dumb and dead idols, until the grace of God set us free in Jesus Christ our Lord (Eph. 2:11-13). Consider these three statements:

Therefore every believer can rightly boast of what God has done for us through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Salvation is all of Godís grace, all in Christ Jesus and all for His glory. We say with the apostle, "God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Gal. 6:14).

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.

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