|I Am the Chief|
02/23/2014 I Am the Chief: 1 Timothy 1:12-17
Recognition of our greatest depth of sin makes us appreciate and be thankful for the greatest heights of God’s grace. When Paul was giving Pastor Timothy his advice to lead the church at Ephesus, he made it very clear that he was conscious of his own deep shortfall before Almighty God. If anyone could have felt overwhelmed by his misguided zeal and violence (v.13), it would have been the Apostle Paul. He called himself the chief of all sinners, the gold medal winner in this category. But instead of being overwhelmed by his sin, he was rather overwhelmed by and thankful for God’s unlimited patience and grace.
This grace of God justifies us for all eternity and enables us to serve the Lord with gladness. Jesus Christ is the grace giver and the strength giver. Paul was saying to Timothy, “If God can do this for me… indeed Pastor Tim, God will do it for you.”
The grace of God has never changed over the centuries. Today, God sees us in Christ through His unmerited favor just as He did the saints of the early Church. We can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us. Our only response to God’s favor toward us should be praise and honor… (v.17)
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