Giving Thanks for Godís Mercy
1 Timothy 1:12-17
I love Sunday nights at our church! Itís such an enlightening time. Why? Because thatís when we baptize new believers. How blessed we are to hear the wonderful testimonies of those who have been delivered from the power darkness and translated into the kingdom of Godís glorious light (Colossians 1:12-13)!
Yes, I love Sunday nights at our church because, after a hard week (and knowing that another long, hard week awaits me the very next day), itís so invigorating...so inspiring...so heavenly...to bask in the divine experience of saved sinners giving thanks to God for His mercy.
Well, my friend, like a comet streaking across a black sky at night, this next uplifting section of testimony and praise from the heart of Paul, comes to us right on the heels of the dark, dismal facts about false teachers (1 Timothy 1:3-11). Youíre truly in for a treat as Paulís testimony of his own salvation shows us the difference between ďthe glorious gospel of the blessed GodĒ (1 Timothy 1:11) and the nothingness of false doctrine. Read on...and see for yourself.
1 Timothy 1:12-17
12And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry,
13although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
14And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
15This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
16However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all long-suffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.
17Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.