Signs of the Times

Topic: Overcoming

[J. Allardyce, in the Christian World Pulpit, London, England]

It was a Pharisee in the temple who prayed, saying, "God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are." Paul was a Pharisee, too, and there was a time when he boasted of his own standing and attainments: "Of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church: touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless." But there came a day when these and other things which he had counted as gain, and wherein he gloried, were regarded as refuse compared with what he found in the gospel of the Son of God. That experience of his on the Damascus road thoroughly revolutionized his life, giving it a new center, new standards, and a new aim. And his theme henceforth was not what he had attained, but what he had obtained by the grace of God manifested and mediated in and through Jesus Christ his Lord. Thus, when he utters the words of our text, it is the privileges and possessions that belonged to him in Christ that he has in mind, "By the grace of God I am what I am."

May 22, 1937

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