1 Timothy 1.15-17 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Good morning, saints! We tend to remember the things we should forget, and forget the things that are most important. Our verses today are of prime importance. They need to be stored in the vault of our minds and the hard drive of our souls. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. This is not only speaking of salvation past, but salvation present. Praise God for His saving grace and mercy that has opened my heart to the truth of the gospel.
But salvation is not only a “once and for all” gift, it is an ongoing work in process.
We are still totally dependent upon God for the grace, mercy and power to deliver us from the vanity of the world and snare of sin. Apart from God’s Spirit, we are incapable of fighting the good fight of faith. Scripture talks about the excellency of the power being of God, and not us. And what is the purpose or goal of this present aspect of salvation? That we be holy and reflect the image of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. Thanks be unto God for His longsuffering towards His children. Thank God for the supply of His Spirit that He has given unto us to live for Christ and His glory.
Beloved, the God Who has saved us is the God Who is patiently and powerfully saving us in order that we might be His ambassadors in a world that is desperately in need of hope. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.