Questions To Contemplate God’s Mercy 1 Timothy 1:15-20
Have I Fully Accepted that I am the Worst of Sinners?
1 Timothy 1:15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.
When we object to the idea that we are the worst of sinners, what are we saying? That other people’s sins are worse than mine? If I were the only person on earth, how much sin would I have to commit to need Jesus to go to the cross on my behalf? How bad does sin have to be for Jesus to go to the cross? If everyone’s sin was just like mine, would Jesus have to die on the cross? JUST ONE SIN… and it doesn’t even matter what it is … would require the blood of Christ to forgive. No matter how we measure it, we should think of ourselves as the worst of sinners so that we can move to the next question.
Have I Fully Accepted that Jesus Came to Save the Worst of Sinners?
The Bible is clear that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. If we are pretty much OK, then what do we have to do with Jesus? Accepting who we are gives us opportunity to accept Him as He is – the Savior. We don’t like to accept help from others. We’d like to mostly save ourselves and just let Jesus do the rest. Ultimately, though, without Christ we are completely lost. With Christ, however, we are completely saved. Do you doubt your salvation? To doubt your salvation is to doubt Christ … is He able to save or not? He has extended mercy to you.
How can others know the mercy of God that has been demonstrated in me?
1 Timothy 1:16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.
Mercy is the hope of the worst sinners – our only hope. Mercy is the hope of those around me … in us Christ displays – demonstrates his patience as an example for unbelievers. How will they know of God’s Mercy?
*From my talk?
*From my example?
*From my actions under pressure?
*From the open attitude I have to allow others to confide in me?
*From the confident way I talk about salvation from my own sin?
Am I Aware That The Enemy Desires to Remove the Confidence of Mercy From Me?
The Mercy of God is firm, eternal, strong, immovable (1 Timothy 1:17 Now to the King eternal,immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.)
The Enemy is working to destroy my faith. (1 Timothy 1:19, 20 holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith. 20 Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.)
The mercy of God deserves contemplation … and we have nothing to fear in that because of the great love and power of God. If we think we’ve let God down in our lives and that maybe His Mercy reservoir is getting low, we need to remember Lamentations 3:22-25.
Lamentations 3:22-25 KJV
It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 25 The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
Continue to seek Him in prayer, faith, and in daily times of reflection. We Seek Him As We Commune.
– His presence, Body and Blood
– His promise, He is Coming Again
– His provision, an eternal heavenly home.
Thanks for reading, JD.