Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #46
Posted: May 26, 2005

A Study of Positional Truths

Let us look again at Paul’s continual reference to being ‘In Christ’.  This one is found in II Corinthians 10:17-18 where Paul says, “But he that glorieth, let him glory in the LordFor not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.”

The word used here, ‘glorieth’, means to boast or to make a big to do over.  I think of two great areas where the child of God may be tempted to boast in.  They are the areas of SALVATION and SERVICE.

How could I boast in my salvation?  The Bible tells us in Ephesians 2:1, “And you hath He quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins”.  The word ‘dead’ is the word for a corpse.  Can a corpse boast in having done anything?  All I could do is glory in the Lord who has raised me from the deadness of my sins.  How could I boast in the thought of me accepting Him by an act of my will?  The Bible says in I Corinthians 2:14, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God…”  Is not our will of choice a part of the natural man?  Paul tells us in Romans 9, “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.”  The only thing that I might boast in is the Lord who has made me willing in the ‘day of His power’. (Psalm 110:3) Everything I did in salvation was done because the Lord did it first causing me to do what I did.  He chose me long before I chose Him.  He loved me long before I loved Him.  He accepted me before I accepted Him.  Before I came to Him, He came to me.  Before I reached up to Him, He reached down to me.  Before I ever prayed to Him He was praying for me.  I do not have to get in the belly of a whale as Jonah did to make this boast, “…salvation is of the Lord.” (Jonah 2:9)

When I think of boasting of my service, I am reminded of Paul’s title for himself, “Paul, a servant of God…”  The word ‘servant’ is the word for a bond slave.  This is an Old Testament principle where a servant in the Year of Jubilee is set free and He is no longer enslaved.  The freed slave returns to his master and offers himself as a willing slave.  No wonder the Bible says to serve the Lord with gladness.  What else could a willing servant do but serve Him with the gladness of his whole heart.  My Master treats his servants not as hired help but as an adopted child.  As a matter of a fact, I am a joint heir with the Master.  I have inherited all the He has.  Oh, let me do as Paul said and make my boast only in the Lord.  May we be honest with ourselves and realize there is none worthy of our boast save Him and Him alone. 

In the second verse of study Paul gives us the basis of glorying not in ourselves but in the Lord.  It is in verse 17 that Paul speaks of two great truths, the truth of COMMENDING and APPROVING.  The word ‘commendeth’ means to introduce favorably.  The word here deals with the promoting of ourselves.  The word ‘approval’ means to think or consider acceptable.  Our Lord does not approve the one who promotes himself.  I so much want the commending approval of our Lord.  I find the Lord approves only in the one who makes a great boast in what the Lord has done. 

Paul tells us that we cannot even boast in keeping the law of being a good person.  (Romans 2:23)  Paul tells us any act of goodness is because of the work of a circumcised heart by God and the praise is not to men but to God. (Romans 2:29)  Solomon told us not even to boast about tomorrow for we know not what a day shall bring forth. (Proverbs 27:1)  Let us boast in the will of God as James says, “…if the Lord will, we shall live and do this, or that.” 

Remember this Christian walk is all about God and nothing about us.  Let us be found giving Him all the glory!