1 Timothy 1:12-17
What a great verse. This is the well known verse where in older translations Paul calls himself the “Chief among sinners”. He describes himself as a violent man who blasphemed against God. The dictionary defines blasphemy as: speaking irreverently about God.
So here is the man who before his conversion to Christ was so extreme in the Jewish faith the he sets out to suppress the Christian sect of Jewish believers. Here he describes those actions to be based in ignorance and unbelief. Paul’s conversion is so amazing that he will eventually write more of the New Testament than anyone else. I love that he shares with Timothy, how The Lord had such great mercy toward him while he was a sinner. He tells of how the “Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life”. Just before this he writes, starting in verse 8, what the purpose of the Law is for; that it is for those who don’t believe. He list out examples of what a life of Law-lessness looks like according to God.
Lord Jesus, continue to pour out Your mercy on me. Have patience with me as I sometimes stumble through this life trying to (as Paul says) work out my salvation.