1Ti 1:12 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 ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 1:12-17 (ESV)
Reading the sermon by John Piper, “Christ Jesus Came into the World to Save Sinners“, I’m struck by the wonderful gift of life.
I think we all too often take for granted our health and the gracious gift of physical life God has given us.
Forgetting to thank Him who created us.
Yet we should be even more thankful for the gift of spiritual life that He offers us.
And all that comes with it.
Especially as it came at such a “price”. (1 Corinthians 6:20)
For our “ransom” (Mark 10:45) was paid for by “the blood of Christ Jesus”. (Romans 5:9)
Now, to be “born again” in Christ (John 3:3 and 1 Peter 1:23) is to enjoy all the “riches” that He has to offer. (Ephesians 1:18)
And before anyone can say that they’re beyond change, beyond saving, beyond redemption, they need only to look at the person of Paul who was “foremost amongst sinners”.
Yet he, even he, was not beyond salvation.
Gods grace knows no bounds.
prayer : thank you God for the gift of new life that can only come from you
action : pray that I will be given the opportunity to share this knowledge, this hope, my faith with another person today