1 Corinthians 4:6-7, “. . .that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another. For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?”
Everything we have in the Cristian life comes from what God has done and provided for us through Jesus’ work in redemption. Redemption means “release through payment of a ransom.” Redemption was by grace, meaning God did the work, God made the payment to release us from sin, satan, and the curse. We all share in a common salvation with the same blessings and benefits.
God’s grace also gives us gifts that make us different from one another for service and function in the Body of Christ and to the lost world. Romans 12:6 says, “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us ….” The Bible also says that when He ascended He gave gifts unto men with some being apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers Ephesians 4:8,11. This is the grace that we do not share in common but what makes us differ in gifting for service and meeting needs. The differences of grace are not to make us feel superior, but humble.
Whatever anyone has, it did not start with them so why boast or glory as if it did? How can anyone have room to boast? We are told to let no man glory in men. Glorying (or boasting) is taking credit for what is the result of God’s grace and it robs glory from God. It is the grace of God that enables anyone to serve. Understanding grace humbles us and humbling ourselves is what allows God to give more grace (James 4:6). That does not mean we do not honor, value, or esteem others highly in love for the positions of authority they stand in. It is just that you realize it is grace that enables them to stand there. That is thinking soberly and not above what we ought to think (Romans 12:3).
1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.