Spiegel | 10 Lessons from Great Christian Minds
•May 21, 2009 •
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From philosophy professor James Spiegel:
- Augustine (5th century): Remember that you are a citizen of another kingdom.
- Martin Luther (16th century): Expect politicians to be corrupt.
- Thomas Aquinas (13th century): God has made himself known in nature.
- John Calvin (16th century): God is sovereign over all, including our suffering.
- Jonathan Edwards (18th century): God is beautiful, and all beauty is divine.
- Thomas a’Kempis (15th century): Practice self-denial with a passion.
- John Wesley (18th century): Be disciplined and make the best use of your time.
- Fyodor Dostoevsky (19th century): God’s grace can reach anyone.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer (20th century): Beware of cheap grace.
- Alvin Plantinga (21st century): Moral virtue is crucial for intellectual health.
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1 Corinthians 15:10 (NIV)
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
Product of Grace
Just as apostle Paul, you and I are a product of God’s grace (unmerited favour). It is God’s sufficiency and fullness that has made (and will continue to make) us to be what we destined to be in Christ.
Life in Christ is salvation in progress. No one can remain the same in Christ if they surrender to the working of His glorious grace in them. This grace that came through Christ is what perfected “persecutor Saul” into apostle Paul. It is the same grace that will perfect us for there is nothing impossible with God (Matthew 19:26).
Lord God, thank You for Your amazing grace. I surrender to the working of Your grace in my life. I pray this in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Parallel Verses: King James Bible (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. New Living Translation (NLT) But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me – and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace. English Standard Version (ESV) But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. The Message (MSG) But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste. Haven’t I worked hard trying to do more than any of the others? Even then, my work didn’t amount to all that much. It was God giving me the work to do, God giving me the energy to do it. New American Standard Bible (NASB) 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. Amplified Bible (AMP) But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not without effect. In fact, I worked harder than all of the apostles, though it was not I, but the grace of God with me.