I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 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. 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. To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
(1 Timothy 1:12-17 ESV)
What does a minister of the gospel look like?
-marked by faithfulness and trustworthiness
-marked by weakness
-marked by thankfulness
-marked by repentance
-one who realizes true evil of their sin
-one who needs mercy
What happens when someone is saved?
-grace overflows to them
-given access to the faith and love that is is Jesus Christ
-they hate their past life of sin and any remaining sin
-they receive strength from the Lord
-they are saved from God’s wrath
-they are given the righteousness of Jesus’ perfect life
-they are forgiven of sin and eternal consequences
-they are given eternal life
Why does God save sinners?
-to display the perfect patience of Jesus
-to encourage others who believe
-to glorify Himself