I Timothy

I Timothy 1:12-17 Grace Enabled-Hope Abundant.

The grace of God in Christ made Paul able to be a faithful minister of the word (v. 12). When the Lord appeared to him he was “a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man” (v. 13). This summarizes his view of the Lord. He did not acknowledge Him as the Son of God, he persecuted His followers, and he did this with arrogant disrespect. However, he was also ignorant because of unbelief. It was through the Lord’s mercy that he went from unbelief to belief. “And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus” (v.14). Paul was hopeful. This passage expresses hope for sinners. Paul typically combines faith and love with hope, and that is what he is expressing here, even if the word itself is not used (I Cor. 13:13; I Th. 5:8).

Grace abundant is the great hope of the gospel-“that Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners” (v. 15). Paul regarded himself as chief among sinners, but also as a symbol of hope for others who would follow (v. 16). “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (v. 17). This is a benediction which applies equally to the Father and the Son. Jesus didn’t cease to be King when He was born into this world, and He remains King eternal now. As eternal He had no beginning and will have no end. As immortal He lives forever. He was the wisdom of God made visible and personified (Rom. 16:27). For all these reasons and many more, He is worthy of “honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Cf. I Chron. 29:11-13).

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