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Boast About the Lord, Not Ourselves

2 Corinthians 1:12-14 Amp. Bible

12. This is our [reason for] proud confidence; our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world [in general], and especially toward you, with pure motives and godly sincerity, not in human wisdom, but in the grace of God [that is, His gracious lovingkindness that leads people to Christ and spiritual maturity].
13. For we write you nothing other than what you read and understand [there is no double meaning in what we say]. And I hope you will [accurately] understand [divine things] until the end;
14. just as you have [already] partially understood us, [and one day will recognize] that you can be proud of us just as we re of you, in the day of our Lord Jesus.

Here Paul is defending himself for those that accuse him of being fickle and unreliable. Paul is saying that he has a clear conscious before God. And there is no double meaning in what he wrote to them or said to them.  That his motives and godly sincerity was not in human wisdom but by the grace of God.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 Amp. Bible

23. Thus says the Lord, "Let not the one who is wise and skillful boast in his insight; let not the one who is mighty and powerful boast in his strength; let not the one who is rich boast in his [temporal satisfactions and earthly] abundance;
24. but let the one who boasts boast in this, that he understands and know Me  [and acknowledges Me and honors Me as God and recognizes without any doubt], that I am the Lord who practices lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on the earth, for in these things I delight," says the Lord.

Paul only boasted about what God has done for him in his life. That he puts Christ first in his life.

Romans 15:18 Amp. Bible

18. For I will not [even] presume to speak of anything except what Christ has done through me [as an instrument in His hands], resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles [to the gospel], by word and deed.

Paul didn't start out in preaching about Christ, it was mainly the opposite.  It wasn't until his trip on the road to Damascus and Jesus appearing to him that he changed from persecuting the followers of Jesus to becoming an apostle.

1 Timothy 1:12-17 Amp. Bible

12. I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has granted me [the needed] strength and made me able for this, because He considered me faithful and trust-worthy, putting me into serve [for this ministry],
13. even though I was formerly a blasphemer [of our Lord] and a persecutor [of His church] and a shameful and outrageous and violent aggressor [toward believers]. yet I was shown mercy because I acted out of ignorance in unbelief. 
14. The grace of our Lord [His amazing, unmerited favor and blessing] flowed out in superabundance [for me, together] with the faith and love which are [realized] in Christ Jesus.
15. This is a faithful and trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance and approval, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinner, among whom I am foremost.
16. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost [of sinners], Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example or pattern for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.
17. Now to the King of the ages [eternal], immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Here we have Paul who said that he was outrageous and violent aggressor toward believer to be a servant of Christ.  And so can you become a follower of Christ.  

Acts 26:20 Amp. Bible

20. but I openly proclaim first to those at Damascus, then at Jerusalem and throughout the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent [change their inner self---their old way of thinking] and turn to God, doing deeds and living lives which are consistent with repentance.

Repent and turn you life over to Christ and you will have salvation.

God Bless,
Have a good day,
John T. Begin
Date Posted: 04/14/2018 11:34 AM
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