1st Timothy 1:15 “Being the best at being the worst”
Dec 16 2019
1st Timothy 1:15
“Being the best at being the worst”
In 1st Timothy 1:15 Paul writes to his young protégé Timothy of the superiority of the Gospel verses the Law of Moses and uses himself as the example of the Gospel’s work. Five times in Paul’s two letters to Timothy he uses this same way of getting Timothy’s attention. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” As we approach Christmas I realize that many people miss understand the purpose of Jesus’ first coming: “Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost. The difficulty is not in His coming but rather that those that He is seeking to save don’t want to admit that they are lost sinners. Some folks just believe that they are not in need of being saved! Fallen humanity becomes obsessed with casting their fellow ship mates overboard instead of realizing they are in the very same boat! Furthermore, Jesus’ coming is more than just recognizing our ONE TIME need to be saved. Paul is very careful to add the words to the phrase: “Christ came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” The revelation here is not that at one time Paul saw himself as the worst sinner he had ever meet. But these words “I AM” reveal that Paul wasn’t looking backwards at his past life but viewing himself in his present condition. He still found that he was the worst sinner he had ever met and was in just as much a need to be saved NOW as he was prior to his relationship with Christ. Paul had not forgotten his transformation, neither is this some humble exaggeration. He meant every word as he realized that this old nature of ours still gives us fits and dealing with his was a full-time job. Our areas of weakness can return to us in an instant no matter how long we have been a follower of Jesus, how much of the Bible we have memorized or how much time we have in prayer! After 38 plus years of walking with Jesus, I still remain my biggest prayer request! Oh, how thankful I am for Jesus finished work on my behalf, aren’t You?
This has been Pastor Dale