Rom. 15:17

Tom Harding

"I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God" (Rom. 15:17).

Paul was very careful throughout his ministry not to glory, boast or brag in the flesh (Phil. 3:7-9). He taught others not to do this and certainly he would not glory in himself; not in his religious heritage, nor in his attainments or gifts, nor in his labors and success in ministry, as of himself, but only "through Jesus Christ" (Gal. 6:14). Read this statement carefully, "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"(1 Cor. 15:10).

All the apostles and those who truly believe the gospel of Godís grace only glory "in those things that pertain to God." As a result of Adamís sin, rebellion and fall into condemnation, we have absolutely no reason to glory in the flesh. The things that pertain to our sinful nature give us no motivation to glory or honor the old man and his deeds (Gal. 5:19-21). We are told in scripture to, "put off the old man with his deeds"(Col. 3:9). We truly can only glory in those things that pertain to God. What are those things?

Every believer can say with David, "My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together" (Psalm 34:1-4).

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.

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