“By the grace of God I am what I am.” 1 Corinthians 15:10
“Born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God.” 1 Peter 1:23
“As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” 1 Peter 2:2
What made the wonderful difference between Saul the Pharisee and Paul the Christian? Grace. What made him trample upon his former legal righteousness and desire to be found in the righteousness of Christ? Grace, enlightening grace.
Therein consists the difference between the mere moralist and the real Christian? There may be a moral conduct where there is no grace, no principle of saving, Divine faith. There may be the fear of the Lord, taught by the precept of men, and not by the Spirit of God. A person may make a high profession, may attend the ordinances of religion, and scrupulously refrain from everything that would sully his reputation before men — yet all this time he may continue a stranger to the power of godliness.
The apostle Paul presents, in the former part of his life, a memorable specimen of the extent to which the moral character may be carried, even while the heart is at enmity with God.
Have I the principle of grace in my soul? Have I tasted that the Lord is gracious? Then shall I desire the sincere milk of the word and thence draw comfort and nourishment for my soul. Redeeming love will be my delightful subjec. It will sweeten everything in the service of my blessed Lord. It will fire me with zeal for His glory and will keep me lying low at His feet.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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