I Corinthians 15:10 - "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me."
"By the grace of God I am what I am." If I am elect, my election is of grace. If I am redeemed my redemption is of grace. If I am called, I am called by grace. If I am preserved, I am preserved by grace. Whatever there is in me that is acceptable or gives my soul any comfort, must be all of grace and grace alone.
John Newton used to say that, “For a believer in sovereign grace to be proud was the most inconsistent thing in the world. By his own profession he is what he is, knows what he knows, and has what he has by the grace of God.”
Perhaps we have worshipped with some friend, prayed with him, or even heard him preach and teach the Word. He seemed to be a man of strong faith, deep conviction, and devout life. Then all of a sudden he is gone from the church, from the gospel and from the fellowship of the saints. What do you feel at such a time? You feel a sadness and broken heart for him and a fear for yourself and you say with Paul, "By the grace of God I am what I am."
Let us all be warned against pride of heart and spirit and be ever reminded by His word and our own experience that, "By the grace of God we are what we are."