April 1, 2012 § Leave a comment
1 Timothy 6:12-16
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, 14 that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, 15 which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.
July 24, 2007 § Leave a comment
The Apostle Paul was constantly aware of his unworthiness of God’s grace. If the doctrines of grace teach us nothing else they should teach us our absolute unworthiness of God’s present and abiding grace and mercy. We all should echo Paul in this text and confess our sin and unworthiness of Christ. From this ever present knowledge Paul had the greatest motivation to bring this gospel of grace to his fallen neighbors that they too may be saved. He knew that for this very reason he was given this saving grace. May we never forget this. May the Holy Spirit continually remind us of this. The Christ who came into the world to save sinners, is the Christ we must be fervently motivated to offer to this world of sinners, beseeching them to be reconciled to God, so that they may know His forgive even as we. Notice Paul says that Christ shows PERFECT PATIENCE towards him the foremost of sinners. When I am thinking clearly and I am beholding Christ, in whom I have found such mercy, I identify completely with Paul here and understand the significance of this grace. May we continually remember this unfathomable truth.
1 Timothy 1:13-16, “Though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 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. 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.”
Let us pray a prayer back to God from this passage:
Father, you who have loved us and sent your own Son into this world, grant unto us the grace to be ever conscience of our sinfulness and unworthiness of this love we have in Christ. Cause us, Father, to make it the passion of our lives to be instruments through which you offer this love to sinful humanity as you display your perfect patience in and toward us as an example to all who see our lives. may we never bring reproach and shame to you, Oh merciful Father, by failing to imitate you in showing mercy and grace to others with whom we interact with. And when we fail to do so, I pray you forgive us this grave sin. I pray this in Christ’s name. Amen.
Blessings in Christ,
Terry W. West