1 Cor 1:27-31 tells us Christ has become to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.
The Lord often reminds me that Christ is the mortar that holds the blocks of truth, that become convictions to us, together.
“God has chosen the things that are not, that He might nullify the things that are.” Vs 28.
“That no man should boast before God.”Vs. 29
So that all we can say with Apostle Paul, “By the grace of God, I am what I am.” 1 Cor. 15:10. God used Paul’s life as an example of this. In Phil. 3 He says he counted everything he had worked so hard for, ( in being the best among his peers, the Pharisee’s ) those things that were gain to him, he counted as loss, for the sake of Christ. Paul could never have been an effective apostle to the gentiles, as a Pharisee.
Jesus had to be crucified to be risen and be able to share His resurrection power with us. Jesus redeems us from our own former life whether it’s from a life like Paul’s or whether it’s an act of failure like He did with Peter in John 21. Peter had just denied he even knew the Lord, and then went back to fishing.
Jesus shows up on the seashore to bless him with fish, serve him breakfast, and the invite him to follow him again.
He asks Peter to be honest in his love for Him, and then accepts Peter’s honesty by inviting him to follow Him again.
Jesus is still seeking out the Paul’s and Peter’s and everyone in between these experiences of life to invite us into His life of the things that are not.