1Ti 1:11-17; Col 1:26; Php 4:3; Act 26:9-11; 9:1-6; Eph 3:8; Rom 5:8,20-21; 10:2-3; 11:32; Joh 3:16
1TIM-3-200830 - length: 65:35 - taught on Aug, 30 2020
Grace and mercy to the chief of sinners
It drives him to his knees with gratitude.
We are who we are in Christ because of the Lord’s enabling power and grace.
And he is overtaken with a sense of being completely unworthy of the Lord’s trust.
His mind flashed back to who he was when the Lord called him.
His name was Saul of Tarsus. Later on, he would be known as the apostle Paul.
This Saul was a persecutor and a violent aggressor.
He talked about who he was, not what he did.
And, unbeknownst to him, this person was in opposition to the Lord - the God of Israel!
Paul never got over the fact that the Lord chose him - of all people!
When Paul described unbelieving Israel, he was describing the man he once was.
How could a just God not have obliterated such a man from the face of the earth?
The Lord knew that Saul didn’t know what he was doing; he was blinded by unbelief.
After all, if He could be merciful to Saul…, he could be merciful to anyone.
Paul became the model for the transforming power of the gospel.
You may think that your sins have put you beyond the reach of God’s love. You’re wrong.
The Lord’s mercy knows no bounds.
LUK 19:10 "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
God’s patience and kindness are without limit.
Simply believe in Christ for eternal life.
What then shall we say to these things?