By the Grace of God

Paul says a most wonderful thing to the Corinthians: “By the grace of God I am what I am.” The words resonate with acceptance of his being. In a way he says that God has formed and molded him by His grace so that he is everything he is meant to be. Nothing less, nothing more. To the Galatians the same Paul says: “He who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace.”

Paul had reached a level of understanding where he saw God only. We all know how Paul was a Pharisee of the strictest order and how he persecuted the church before he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. Despite his rather gloomy past Paul asserted that God had even been there and orchestrated his life and through that season prepared him for his glorious task of bringing the word of reconciliation to the Gentiles.

To the Romans Paul observed: “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” God is glorified and proves his adequacy in turning what in the temporal realm seems like a hopeless case into something most stunning in His kingdom. Paul is the perfect example, and somehow he knew he was. The past, the negative became the backdrop for the positive, the glory of God’s grace which shines so radiantly when it is contrasted with the gloom.

You are not any worse off than Paul. God has set you apart from before the foundation of the universe to be who you are. You have been through different seasons which have prepared you for your high calling of being a son of the Creator of everything. Many a time you have faced things which others have meant for evil, but which God has meant for good. You are not the result of some random influences. Your loving Father has been there all the time hidden in persons and circumstances which have led you to your present glory. By the grace of God you are who and what you are!

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6 Responses to By the Grace of God

  1. katarina says:

    Amen!! It’s kinda funny that whenever I comment I don’t have much more to say other than “amen”. But I feel the desire to at least say that so you know that what you’re writing is a blessing 🙂

  2. Ole Henrik says:

    Hehe, I appreciate your amens 🙂 It is always good to get some feedback on what I pen down, notably when it is uplifting!

  3. Fred Pruitt says:

    This is great, Ole! People really need to know this. I read an article years ago, I think from Union Life, that said God’s will had no second best. We are always on the path even when we think we are not, because He is leading and guiding every step — even in what we think are just mundane human life decisions. People say sometimes when something spectacular happens, “Well, that HAD to be God.” But it is ALL God! Not just the spectacular stuff. It’s ALL God! Every moment of every day, in every space, in every little hidden corner, as well as the covering the earth and the seas and the stars. Alpha and Omega. The Beginning And the End (and everything in-between!) Amen!

  4. Ole Henrik says:

    Wonderful, Fred! Your comment is vibrant with life and love! Thanks!

  5. Lennart says:

    Amen. Wonderful encouraging post Ole Hendrick!

  6. Amy Cox says:

    Lovely Ole! Only this truth can bring us from our knees and encourage us in our walk through it ALL! Awesome..:)

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