Chapter One, Lesson Three
CHRIST'S EXAMPLE Page
** Lets break that brief statement down to learn the rich theology
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
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 Christs
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 mans
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 Gods saving grace.
cf. Ephesians 3:8 and Galatians 2:20
V.16 ** Verse sixteen begins with a reflective voice, looking
back to Pauls amazing statement about being the worse sinner of
his day. So what was the reason for Paul receiving mercy from our gracious
...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 Christs 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 Gods glory! cf. Matthew 19:23-26
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