αὐτῶν πάντων] either, ‘than any of them,’ or ‘than they all,’ scil. Though it will not in this militant state constitute us perfect, yet it will habitually render us altered men in our character, conduct, and pursuits. "Mark Dunagan Commentaries on the Bible". But by the grace of God I am what I am - By the “favor” or mercy of God. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-corinthians-15.html. Christian humility does not consist in denying what there is of good in us; but in an abiding sense of ill-desert, and in the consciousness that what we have of good is due to the grace of God. It is to be observed that the article before σὺν ἐμοί is not genuine (see the critical remarks), and so Paul does not disclaim for himself his own self-active share in bringing about the result, but knows that the intervention of the divine grace so outweighs his own activity, that to the alternative, whether he or grace has wrought such great things, he can only answer, as he has done: not I, but the grace of God with me. 3. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/1-corinthians-15.html. And for this high work it needs all the energy of health, of hope, of youth, of aspiration that you can bring it. Surely its proper tendency is the very reverse of this, even to foster in us every holy disposition towards both God and man. I. American Tract Society. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? In these cases of sudden conversion, when men change at once either from open sin, or again from the zealous partisanship of a certain creed, to some novel form of faith or worship, their lightmindedness is detected by their frequent changing—their changing again and again, so that one can never be certain of them. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/1-corinthians-15.html. ], Before we close the subject, we will yet farther notice what it contains—, [The Apostle ascribed his privileges and attainments to the grace of God: “By the grace of God I am what I am.” What then must they do who are yet afar off from God, and have no part with the Apostle either in his privileges or attainments? St Paul is willing to admit his personal inferiority to the other Apostles, but such willingness does not lead him to make a similar admission regarding his work. (Essex Congregational, Remembrancer. The records of his life, compared with the records of the other apostles, fully show this. III. But he does not want them to gain the impression from this that he is not therefore a genuine Apostle. We must always be clear that our good works can never make us righteous before God. not I! And let us see that we use the grace that we possess. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:10". These two things, which at bottom are one, love and its gifts, are all, in the Apostle’s judgment, gathered up and stored, as in a great storehouse, in Jesus Christ Himself, and through Him are made accessible to us, and brought to bear upon us for the ennobling of our natures, and the investing of us with graces and beauties of character, all strange to us apart from these. All noble life is self-denial, coercion, restraint; and can my poor, feeble hands apply muscular force enough to the brake to keep the wheels clogged, and prevent them from whirling me downhill into ruin? Broadman Press 1932,33. That he might not seem to glory to no purpose in mere words, while devoid of reality, he says, that he affirms nothing that is not openly apparent. Well, then, it is not necessary for a man to be ignorant, or to pretend that he is ignorant, of what he can do. 2. Throughout scripture, a common theme exists: be brave. They are Divinely inspired, and yet the human and Divine elements are mingled. I find myself labouring more abundantly than I could have dreamed possible. Though "not meet to be called an apostle," God's grace has given him the meetness needed for the office (Ephesians 3:8; 1 Timothy 1:15). "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". 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. Yet not I, i.e. This fallen and depraved state of human nature is one of the principal reasons why Divine grace is indispensably requisite to our spiritual welfare. The pungency of James and the weird magnificence of Revelation again show the “I and yet not I.”. ‘The grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain,’ says Paul. It serves more to exalt the grace of God, to which Paul attributes every thing good; and it is historically true, if the New Testament record is to be our guide. He was a volunteer in this bloody service: and, of his own accord, sought from the Jewish Sanhedrim a commission to search out, even in a foreign country, all who professed the Christian faith, and to bring them indiscriminately, whether men or women, bound to Jerusalem. Oh, dear friends! 'But by the grace of God I am what I am. When a man looks back upon the beginning of his Christian life, and considers what his then state was, he wonders more and more at the way in which God leads him in his religious experience. A man who suddenly professes religion after a profligate life, merely because he is sick of his vices, or tormented by the thought of God's anger, does no honour to religion. ‘Not I, but the grace of God which was with me, and so I laboured more abundantly than they all.’ That is to say, God in His giving love; Christ with His ever out-flowing Spirit, move round our hearts, and desire to enter. Without personal exertions of obedience to the will of God, none can obtain the character and rewards of the faithful. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bpc/1-corinthians-15.html. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-corinthians-15.html. 1887. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. 1801-1803. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Philippians 2:16; Galatians 4:11, al. That is,—the Grace of God worked with him in so overwhelming a measure, compared to his own working, that it was no longer the work of himself but of divine Grace. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:10". “I can of Mine own self do nothing.”. 2. Quick bite-sized devotionals from the Bible to help Christians supplement their faith. Have you yielded yourselves? https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/1-corinthians-15.html. 1 Corinthians 16. He answers questions about sex and relationships, how to know good leaders from bad ones, and what to expect during a church gathering.Throughout this letter, Paul reminds us that God’s design for the church is unity, not uniformity. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. “By Thy grace, O God, in the past, I have been what I have been; and by Thy grace I desire, in the future, to be what Thou wilt have me to be. Type. We scarcely know which is the more striking--Paul’s individuality or his self-negation. He had been an exceedingly great and atrocious sinner. Can you and I, with our ten thousand, meet him that cometh against us with his twenty, the temptations of the world and of its Prince? Oh, brethren I let us cultivate the sense of our need of this divine help, for it does not come where men do not know how weak they are, and how much they want it. IV. And his grace, etc. 4. May I do all to Your praise and glory. The passions of love, hope, and fear are the springs of universal obedience; and these, when directed to proper objects, regulate and amend the conduct. Men can often look back and see that the whore complexion of their life depended upon a single choice. Without the efficacious operations of the Holy Spirit our prayers will be languid and formal, our devotions careless and insipid, and our lives irregular and unholy. Here labored indicates that Paul worked harder than any other single apostle, or he worked harder than all the apostles put together (some prefer the latter meaning). His letters are full of dignified self-assertion and noble independence, and yet he speaks as if he had no separate life at all. But Paul had a very definite idea of what he meant by it; and what he meant by it was a very large thing, which we may well ponder for a moment as being the only thing which will transform and ennoble character and will produce fruit that a man need not be ashamed of. Translate, 'His grace which was (showed) toward [ eis (Greek #1519)] me.'. If, with rec. We must have an abiding union with the Fountain of all good, or we should soon run dry, and only as fresh streams flow into us are we kept from becoming mere dry beds of sand and mire, but we know that He will never fail us. BibliographyTrapp, John. Without God and the power of His word, all this labor would be in vain. I. Many can recall painful crises of their life when everything depended on a single throw. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/1-corinthians-15.html. (27) For I take labor here to mean the fruit of his labor that appeared. 2. The belief of the doctrines of predestination and election is not founded in pride, but in humility, and in a deep conviction that we are nothing, and have nothing, and can do nothing, but what of itself deserves God’s wrath and indignation. You have seen some ponderous piece of machinery, which resists all attempts of a puny hand laid upon it to make it revolve. We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board). "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". To them, and to them only, who ask is it given. 1. II. By the grace of God I am what I am. By the grace of God I am what I am, Paul wrote, and God's grace towards him did not prove in vain.. for Paul was not only chosen by God to become the apostle to the gentiles, but by God's grace he became one of the most prolific writers of the New Testament scriptures - and was given many mysteries for the Church - mysteries that had been hidden from past ages and generations. That the doctrine of being saved by grace, instead of leading us to indulge in sin or sloth, forms the strongest argument why we should be holy and diligent. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:10". “If any man be in Christ Jesus, he is (not only) a new creature, but old things are passed away, and all things are become new.”, 2. Or perhaps it is the men and women who jump into the midst of burning buildings and war zones to find a save the innocent. The free favour of God shown in enlightening, sanctifying, and comforting influence of the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 10:29; Hebrews 12:28; Hebrews 13:9; etc.). 1871-8. BibliographyPrice, Brad "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:10". BibliographyBarnes, Albert. What then? BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. 1 Corinthians 5:1. Heaven is not selfish enjoyment. He was what he was by the grace of GOD, which worked in and through him for the benefit of others and for the glory of God. The wonderful grace which the apostle had received, and which changed him from what he had been to what he now was. All noble life is a building up by slow degrees from the foundation. Then, at last, it will come to pour in its oil and to bind up wounds. Save: $10.00 (33%) Buy Now. Notice how the Divine education of man is designed and fitted to produce this type of character. The circumcision party may not consider Paul an apostle, but he is - by God's grace!!! DD. At last an old coloured “auntie” heard her lamentations, and broke out upon her with, “Why, it isn’t dying grace ye want, child; it’s living grace ye want. But as the Lord has poured out His Spirit on all His people, this is impossible. True conversion extends to the whole character. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/1-corinthians-15.html. God through me. Christianity is a mighty effort to build the city of God on earth, and it wants those who will labour on with their tools in one hand and their weapons in another, in defiant and holy glee. That is the one law of grace! I might go through the ranks of the Seraphim, and single out one who stood nearest to the throne, and were I to say to him, “What raised thee thus high?” he would make answer, “By the grace of God I am what I am.” I might thread my way through the mansions of the just, but if I should be betrayed into the exclamation, “What a recompense for good works is here!” in an instant ten thousand voices would testify aloud, “By the grace of God I am what I am.” Or I might go to one who, through fourscore years of temptation and trail, had ever walked with God; or to one whose unselfish Christianity had prompted him to spend and be spent in his Master’s service; or to one laid low by suffering; yet if I should say, “There must be a claim to moral worthiness here,” again the response would be, “By the grace of God I am what I am.”. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. without effect. (J. Grose, A.M.), On the Divine influence in the conversion of sinners. 1974. 1 Corinthians 15:10 (NASB) Yes, and they are dry; there is no water there. 1 Peter 1:10 : towards me. 1685. "The Bible Study New Testament". Not the same word as in verses: 1 Corinthians 15:2, 1 Corinthians 15:17. What men want is, first of all, the will to be noble and good; and, second, the power to carry out the will. In his life, as a man and an apostle, he took the proportions of his own personality, and at the same time confessed that all the operative grace came from God. It is the plus of the result. we read ἡ σὺν ἐμοί, we must translate with A.V. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 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. BibliographyCalvin, John. But, on the contrary, I labored more abundantly than they all. Are we not all “dead in trespasses and sins?” Have we not a “carnal mind that is enmity against God?” Do we not “walk according to the course of this world, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind?” and are we not all “children of wrath, even as others?” What then is there in us that can operate as a motive with God to bestow his grace upon us rather than upon others? His case was peculiar. But I laboured more abundantly … - I was more diligent in preaching; I encountered more perils; I have exerted myself more. It is God that worketh in us both the willing and the doing. 1. BibliographyVincent, Marvin R. DD. What the grace of God is. πᾶσιν, 1 Corinthians 15:7. As shown in the chart on , grace is absolutely necessary, but salvation is not by "grace alone" (many things are involved in man's salvation). I tell you how it has come about.’ So there are thoughts here, I think, well worth our pondering and taking into our hearts and lives. Alone I must pass through this valley of the shadow, and yet this lonely road is the great highway which all the generations of men have trod before me. Come with your body sound and fair and free, now while the blood runs warm, and the strength of your pure manhood is in you, undimmed and untainted. He renounces the thought that he was to be considered as the performer of these labours. The oldest manuscripts omit “which was.” The “not I, but grace,” implies, that though the human will concurred with God when brought by His Spirit into conformity with His will, yet “grace” so preponderated in the work, that his own co-operation is regarded as nothing, and grace as virtually the sole agent. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. But the less we think about ourselves, in any way, the better. Lessons: 1. (Witham). If we omit the article the rendering will be the grace of God laboured with me. No. Paul like all the apostles of Christ was quick to acknowledge that everything that he said and did.. and all that he had accomplished was not by His own might or power or intelligence or skill. The grace of God softens the heart, cleanseth the soul, sweetens the temper, etc. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mac/1-corinthians-15.html. Oh, no! Six Gifts of the Resurrection Easter Sunday. (Titus 2:11-14). II. ), Grace infuseth a spirit of activity into a person; grace doth not lie dormant in the soul; it is not a sleepy habit, but it makes a Christian like a seraphim, swift-winged in his heavenly motions. 10.And his grace was not vain. 1 Peter 1:14) means not void of result (that is ματαία, 1 Peter 1:17), but void of reality: Paul’s Apostleship was no titular office, no mere benevolence towards an unworthy man; the favour brought with it a labour quite as extraordinary—“nay, but ( ἀλλʼ) more abundantly than they all did I labour”.— κοπιάω connotes exertion, painful or exhausting toil; see note on κόπος, 1 Corinthians 15:8. Why then dost thou glory as if thou hadst not received it?”--and a humble waiving aside of the attempt to determine what it is that we are. This was most literally true. Yet not I, but the grace of God - It was not through my own power or wisdom that I performed these things, but through the Divine influence which accompanied me. Nothing but God. Thus, in these instances, we behold the miracles of mercy and omnipotence of grace to change and transform the hardest heart, and that the reality of such change in the inner man was demonstrated by an unmistakable change of the whole outer man. That the wonderful grace shown to Saul the persecutor is well adapted to excite hope in the worst of sinners, and encourage them in supplicating Divine mercy. Yet has God’s grace made me what I am. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hmc/1-corinthians-15.html. 1. ... Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:10, Psalm 127:1–2. Yet not I - I do not attribute it to myself. He had been enabled by the grace of God, to labor more than all the rest, and he had thus shown that he had not been insensible of his obligations. "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". αὐτ. And so, secondly, and very briefly, notice the lesson we get here as to how we should think of our own attainments. ): scil. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. References: 1 Corinthians 15:10.—Beecher, Sermons, vol. 1 Corinthians 15:1–58 The resurrection of Christ guarantees that He has made an effectual sacrifice for sin and that we too will one day be resurrected. There is a vast deal of hypocrisy in what is called unconsciousness of power. So in character. See 1 Corinthians 3:7 ff., 1 Corinthians 12:6, Philippians 2:12 f., Ephesians 3:20, Colossians 1:29; and for the turn of expression, Galatians 2:20. Consider--. the emphatic ἐμοὶ of Ephesians 3:8; the repeated art(2295) marks me as the signal object of this grace; for χάρις εἰς, cf 1 Peter 1:10.— κενή (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not in vain. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/1-corinthians-15.html. “By the grace of God I am what I am.” Now that word “grace” has got to be worn threadbare, and to mean next to nothing in the minds of many. Hear what the Apostle says: he tells us that God’s particular design in so converting him was, to keep all others from despair; and to make him a pattern and example of his long-suffering to all future generations [Note: 1 Timothy 1:16.]. The mountain tops are high. Paul knew he worked hard, but what was accomplished through his life was only possible by God's grace (compare3:6). It is our duty to avoid every pursuit which may divide us from God or lessen our love of practical holiness. No matter who came across His path, Jesus showed love in ways that changed the world forever. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:10". "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:10". He, therefore, says, that he had not been idle. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Let us learn, therefore, that we have nothing that is good, but what the Lord has graciously given us, that we do nothing good but what he worketh in us, (Philippians 2:13) — not that we do nothing ourselves, but that we do nothing without being influenced — that is, under the guidance and impulse of the Holy Spirit. This term can also mean "without a basis" (for an example of this meaning see Colossians 2:8). The right view of this preponderance of Grace prevents the misunderstanding of the words which has led to the insertion of the article, ἡ σὺν ἐμοί, whereby Grace becomes absolutely the sole agent, which is contrary to fact. This man, because he knew that he had submitted himself to the often painful, searching, crucifying, self-restraining and stimulating influences of the Gospel and Spirit of Christ, could say, ‘God’s grace has made me what I am, and I helped Him to make me.’ And can you say anything like that? In the annual regeneration of the visible creation, in the plumage and song of the bird, and in the renewing verdure of field and garden, we see pictured the unity yet beautiful variety which prevails in the world which God has made. He owed all to God. II. I would not boast of it. And can you and I complete the task with our own limited resources and our own feeble strengths? 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 labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. By the grace of God--. This reading makes "the grace of God" everything, and Paul nothing, in his 'labours' after conversion. A C read as English version [ hee (Greek #3588) sun (Greek #4862) emoi (Greek #1698)]. Are there not many, men that can look back and see that the providence of God has carried them across the bridge over the pit of destruction on a single beam? When men change their religious opinions really and truly, it is not merely their opinions that they change, but their hearts, and this evidently is not done in a moment—it is a slow work. ἐκοπίασεν κ. τ. λ. 1 Corinthians 15:10 King James Version (KJV). 1 Corinthians 15:10 in the Parallel Bible, 1 Corinthians 15:10 in the Thematic Bible, 1 Corinthians 15:10 Treasury of Scripture Knowing. So the Faith cries aloud, invoking holy ambitions. The efficacious aids of this Divine power are also manifest, not only in enlarging the faculties of reason, and adding a luminous distinction to the acuter determinations of the judgment, but also in directing our choice to proper objects and fixing the affections on heavenly pursuits. To those who can say with the apostle, By the grace, etc., the second clause suggests another question: Has the grace bestowed produced its due effects? It colours and qualifies the whole activity of a person. Take the measure of the task that Christ has undertaken, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, εὐχαριστῶ σοι ὅτι οὐκ εἰμὶ ὥσπερ οἱ λοιποὶ τῶν ἀνθρώπων, not I, however, but the Grace of God with me, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture, Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament. The common text is preferred by most editors on critical grounds; and the sense, according to the common reading, is more in accordance with the spirit of the passage, and with Paul's manner; comp. , this is, in any way, the sorcerers ( Acts 19:1 ), two or three before. ( manifested ) towards me: see ref more in keeping with the homely of. 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