But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,
For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody.
I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice.
For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.
Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God.
I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.
For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.
And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain—
For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.
Are they servants of Christ?—I speak as if insane—I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death.
(for He who effectually worked for Peter in his apostleship to the circumcised effectually worked for me also to the Gentiles),
so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.
It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.