Editors Note: This is a new series on sanctification designed to help our readers understand what sanctification is and how to grow in Christ.
- Mike Boling wrote the first post in the sanctification series looking at spiritual warfare and the armor of God.
- Dave wrote the second post on Jesus encounter with Jesus and how Christians are to use Scripture in the midst of temptation.
- Dr. Thaddeus Williams wrote the third post about how to kill sin.
- Chris Poblete wrote the fourth post about seven ways to wage war against sin.
- Dave Jenkins wrote the fifth post in this series on battling discouragement and depression with the gospel.
- Chris Poblete wrote the sixth post about how to put off the flesh and put on the Lord Jesus.
- Dave wrote the seventh post about the role of spiritual warfare in spiritual growth.
- Chris Poblete wrote the eight post about the will of God.
- Dave wrote the ninth about the issue of assurance and perseverance in Hebrews 6:1-8.
- Dave wrote the tenth post about the solution to the difficulty in Hebrews 6:1-8.
- Chris wrote the eleventh post about the motivation for our obedience.
- Chris wrote the twelfth post in about the glorifying Christ in daily life.
- Mike wrote the thirteenth post on the need for the bride of Christ to grow to maturity in Christ.
- Chris Poblete wrote the fourteenth post about trusting God in trials.
- Dave wrote the fifteenth post about Sanctification and the Church.
- Brian Hedges wrote the sixteenth post in this series about how sin works.
- Dave wrote the seventeenth post in this series on positional sanctification, indwelling sin and progressive sanctification.
- Mathew Sims wrote the eighteenth post on assurance.
- Dave wrote the nineteenth post on the indicative and imperative in Romans 6.
- Brian Hedges wrote the twentieth post on holding fast to the gospel.
- Griffin wrote the twenty-first post on the need for ongoing repentance in the Christian life.
- Madison Ruppert wrote the twenty-first post on the work of the Holy Spirit and sanctification.
- Joey Cochran wrote the twenty-second post on union with Christ and prayer.
- Brian Hedges wrote the twenty-third post on how the cross kills sin.
- Today, Chris writes about a sanctifying view of God’s grace.
“For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.”
(1 Corinthians 15:9)
“To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.”
“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.”
(1 Timothy 1:15)
At a recent Bible study my wife and I attended, we looked at these three verses to see how the apostle Paul described himself throughout his ministry. Notice the following:
At the beginning of his ministry, Paul described himself as “the least of the apostles” (1 Corinthians 15:9).
Later, he described himself as “the very least of all the saints” (Ephesians 3:8).
Toward the end of his ministry, he considered him the chief—the foremost—of all sinners (1 Timothy 1:15).
Here’s the amazing truth: as Paul grew in his relationship with Jesus, and as he matured in his faith, the more he actually saw himself as a sinner. It is not that Paul sinned more frequently; it is that Paul’s view of his sin grew. And as a result, the apostle’s appreciation for God’s grace grew as well. You see, the more he got to know our amazing God (in the fullness of His attributes), the more Paul saw himself and unworthy of such grace. It gave him a high view of God—the “fear of the Lord”—and in reverential awe, Paul realized that the free offer of grace through Jesus Christ grew more and more amazing to him.
What about you? As you mature in your faith in the Lord, does your view of His grace stay the same, or does it grow?