“Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.” ~ 1 Timothy 1:13-16
What denominationalists and religionists, who believe one’s good works gets one a ticket into heaven and into God’s good books need to ask themselves is: Are we saved by our good works, which Paul clearly had none of, or are we saved by God’s mercy (grace) which Paul clearly was given …..and in light of this, if the 12 already had received what Paul had, why does he state, “… that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.”
First means first. It doesn’t mean thirteen, nor does it mean second.
Words mean things.
© Audrey Henry – 28 August 2018
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” ~ Romans 5:8
When Christ died for our sins, the Dispensation of the Grace of God was still hid in God, it had not yet been revealed to Paul who was still Saul, a Rabbi and a Pharisee to boot ~ Acts 23:6.
The Dispensation of the Grace of God was still unheard of, unknown and still future when Christ died for our sins.
While we were children of wrath, following the course of this world, and god of this world, sinners separated from God, He had, unbeknown to us, already made provision for our sins in order for us to become reconciled to Him.
God provided the forgiveness for our sins almost 2000 years ago, and all one needs to do is access it through faith in his finished work on Calvary’s Cross and His resurrection from the dead ~ 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.
“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” ~ The Apostle Paul, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19.
(“To wit” is used to indicate that you are about to state or describe something more precisely).
© Audrey Henry – 11 August 2018.