Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Unlimited Patience

1 Timothy 1:15: “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance...”
That means “Pay attention.”
“Christ Jesus...”
Who He is!
“...came into this world to save sinners...”
The only reason for his birth in Bethlehem.
“...of whom I am the worst.”
This is not false humility. This is an inspired statement.
“But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.”
One of the specific reasons why God saved Paul is given here: Paul was the worst of sinners. When you’re witnessing to someone who wants to believe, he may say that he is so bad and that Christ will not have patience with him. That is not true, because Christ has already exercised unlimited patience for the worst of sinners. Christ’s unlimited patience for Paul is an example for those who would believe.

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