I Am What I Am By The Grace of God
“Grace” has a sweet sound to a believer.
It is a sound of hope, satisfaction, rest, and peace with a holy God.
It thrills the heart of one that God has given the understanding to be able to say with a heart conviction, “by the grace of God I am what I am.” (I Corinthians 15:10).
Since all this comes to pass only by the incarnate activity of Christ, we may say that grace means Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ means grace.
He is the grace of God toward us.
He assumed the responsibility for our past, present, and future.
He stands for us and “If God by for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:21)
“Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ”
When we speak of grace it must by synonymous with Christ. To speak of God Almighty as having done something for a sinner in salvation apart from His justice being satisfied, is not consistent with scripture.
Paul, by the grace of God, saw himself to be a sinner. Christ came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. It was for sinners that Christ shed His blood.
It is by the grace of God that a man has a heart to hear God’s voice through the preaching of the gospel.
“Then He openeth the ears of men and sealeth their instruction.”
It is by the grace of God that any believer perseveres.
“He that endureth to the end shall be saved”
But how can I, a weak and beggarly sinner, keep myself?
It is only because we are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
“But by the grace of God I am what I am” — nothing less!
By Marvin Stalnaker