A Case Study in Abundant Grace
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Primary Truth Taught- God’s Truth as highlighted in the Gospel can bring even the worst sinner to life.
We have been introduced to the dangers and the fruit of false teaching. Last time we read down through a sampling of what false teaching and misdirected knowledge pretending to be fro God produce. We’ve also seen the true Gospel and its fruit. We’ve seen what the true Gospel produces in a believer. The true Gospel produces a pure heart, good conscience, and a sincere faith, which in turn manifests godly love among those that have partaken of God’s wonderful grace. The first 11 verses of chapter 1 give us an excellent contrast between truth and false teaching.
Human Need Met
In this section were going to see that through every situation or set of circumstances
1 Timothy 1:12–17 (ESV)
12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17 To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
- Abundant Grace Turns Enemies Into Servants
12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief,
The dominant theme here is thanksgiving. A quick survey of Paul’s letters shows that the dominant theme of Paul’s life was thanksgiving. It should also be seen that his thankfulness is aimed at Someone, namely, Christ Jesus our Lord.