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Paul’s Thoughts on Confidence and Competence

Paul’s Thoughts on Confidence and Competence

Apostolic ministry, and all subsequent ministry, is grounded in and performed through the power and enabling of divine grace. Licensed or lay, the service of the cause of Christ and his gospel should never be praised as human accomplishment. Anything of benefit is always the result of God with us and in us, as Paul often states. “Not that we are competent in ourselves.” That is the admission of the people of God. “He has made us competent.” That is the confession of the true believer and sincere servant. There is no room for the self-congratulatory spirit among Christians. John Calvin is right to opine that the praise of men is theft of the glory of God. Paul was by nature an inveterate boaster. It is evidence of great grace at work within him that he could wholeheartedly expresses entire reliance on the enabling and upholding of the Lord in his gospel endeavors.