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1Timothy, Chapter One, Lesson Three

CHRIST'S EXAMPLE            Page 4
V.14 (cont’d.)

** What if we do not become Christians until a time later in life? What if we have abounded in sin all our lives?

God’s grace is so abundant that it completely overcomes the condemning aspects of sin for the one who responds to the saving message of the gospel.
cf. Romans 5:20-21, Romans 8:1-2

** According to Paul, what comes with God’s abundant grace which can only be found “in Christ Jesus”?

“...the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus.” Not only does God’s grace overpower the condemning power of sin, and His mercy take away the misery of our sin, but His grace gives us the faith to believe in Him and puts God’s love in our hearts for Christ.
cf. Ephesians 2:8, Romans 5:5-6

** What is significant about faith and love being mentioned in connection with salvation through Christ?

True saving faith is always accompanied by love. The love of God, love for God and love for our brothers and sisters in Christ; all serve as verification to the genuineness of our salvation.
cf.Ephesians 1:15, Colossians 1:3-4, 2Thessalonians 1:3, 1John 3:14

V.15 ** How do you know that Paul really wants Timothy to pay attention to what he is about to say here in verse fifteen?

Paul says, “It is a trustworthy statement...” This unique phrase is used only here in the pastoral epistles and is indicating the established doctrine of which he was about to address. Timothy and Titus knew they could take these truths “to the bank”.
cf. 1Timothy 3:1, 4:9, 2Timothy 2:11 and Titus 3:8

** How does Paul add emphasis to what he is about to say?

By adding “...deserving full acceptance...”! We do not want to miss this message. Everyone needs to hear and understand what Paul is about to say.

** What short statement (only eight words in the original Greek) does Paul offer to present the gospel?

“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”! We should be just as bold, direct and to the point when we are sharing God’s saving truth with the lost around us.

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