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1Timothy, Chapter One, Lesson Three

CHRIST'S EXAMPLE            Page 5
V.15 (cont’d.)

** Let’s break that brief statement down to learn the rich theology it contains.

Christ Jesus - Christ, Messiah, the anointed King and promised One, is non-other than Jesus.

came into the world - this is the Incarnation of Jesus, God becoming a man.
cf. Philippians 2:5-6, John 1:1, 14, John 11:25-27, John 16:28, John 18:37

to save - Men must be saved from their own sinfulness, they cannot solve the problem themselves. cf. Matthew 1:21 and Luke 19:9-10

sinners - While this term was used by the Jews of Christ’s day to describe Gentiles, our Lord is using it to refer to all of fallen mankind. cf. Matthew 9:12-13, Romans 3:21-23

** This great, brief statement presents the gospel as it portrays man’s sinful, helpless condition. How did Paul feel about his own ranking among the sinners of the world?

“Among” them all, he thought he was the worst! Paul was not concerned with building up a strong self-esteem, but rather was quick to acknowledge his total dependency upon God’s saving grace. cf. Ephesians 3:8 and Galatians 2:20

V.16 ** Verse sixteen begins with a reflective voice, looking back to Paul’s amazing statement about being the worse sinner of his day. So what was the reason for Paul receiving mercy from our gracious Lord?

“...in order that in [Paul] as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience. The term used here for “patience” is our familiar makrothumia, indicating patience with people.

** So how had Paul become “Christ’s Example” of the type of people who can be saved?

By showing grace and mercy to Paul, by granting him salvation, by putting him into service; Jesus was showing us that all of “those who would believe in Him for eternal life” will be saved!

This is extremely exciting news for sinners who think that their life is hopeless and has been a total waste. They can yet be saved and used for God’s glory! cf. Matthew 19:23-26

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