Inscription: "By the grace of God I am what I am" from 1 Corinthians 15:10. NIV First Corinthians or 1 Corinthians is an epistle, a literary work in the form of a letter in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It is generally attributed to Paul the Apostle. The complete verse reads: "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me." It is a very powerful message.