12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 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. 16 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. 17 To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 1:12-17
The grace of God for us does not mean we can continue our lives as they were, it was aimed to change our lives to be godly, holy, productive, and lovely life. Paul was a good example of how to respond to God’s grace. He was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent, but after receiving grace from God, he became a servant of God and a preacher of the Gospel.
Full Faith, Full Acceptance
Preaching Gospel has never been an easy thing, he persecuted those who preached the Gospel, and when he started to preach the Gospel, he was persecuted throughout his life and finally a martyr. Knowing full well what would happen, why did he preach the Gospel? Because he fully believed and accepted what Jesus did. Today, we need to appreciate deeper what Jesus has done for us to do God’s work in this unbelieving generation.
Glory to God
“To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Timothy 1:17 This is the goal, the only goal of Paul, he wanted nothing but glory to God. This is also the goal of our church, may we continue to glorify Him because He deserves it all.