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Friday, July 27, 2012

It's Not You!

The verse Epesians 2:8-9 is a verse that tells people how to become a christian, but I want to point out a few words.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast.

I just want to point out that your are a christian not by works, but by grace. God says that twice in this passage through Paul. 2 times. It must be important.

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
Romans 12:3

Paul wrote both of these verses because Paul knew without a doubt that his faith was not of himself. Paul was once known as Saul. He killed Christians and watched them be stoned, but was miraculously converted to a christian by God. Paul knew that all he was was not of himself because if he had not seen Jesus, the light, then would probably be killing Christians all of his life. This is not of yourself. This is what Paul was sure to tell to those from Roman and Ephesus. He probably told this to other places he visited, maybe even by mouth. But Paul was sure of it. 
Maybe you experienced something like Paul were your eyes were opened, or maybe you came into God's family in a more "basic" way. (Basic in quotation marks because no matter how you became a Christian, God sees it all the same) But anyway, maybe you came into God's family in a more "basic" way, it doesn't should be aware that IT'S NOT YOU! 

Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought!

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