Thursday, 25 April 2019
This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all – 1 Timothy 1:15 NLT.
We all know who Paul is and what God has done through him. He wrote majority of the New Testament and hardly a day goes by in Christian circles without someone quoting a letter he wrote. His revelation of Scripture and his potent letters have encouraged millions, if not billions, of Christians. Yet in this passage of Scripture he says he is the worst sinner. Why? If so then why do we look up to him?
When Stephen was being killed (Acts 7:54-60) we are told Paul was the one looking after the coats of the murderers. Scripture tells us that he approved the killing of Stephen. Scripture also tells us that Paul approached the high priest to get permission to arrest Christians in Damascus. These arrests would probably have led to more Christians being killed.
When God spoke to Ananias telling him to go to Paul he was scared and said that this man caused harm to many believers. Ananias wanted nothing to do with this persecutor of the saints. While on his way to Damascus Paul encountered God and even Jesus asked him why He was persecuting him. So Paul knew that God knew he had persecuted and killed many believers.
After the conversion he is given the mandate to preach the gospel to the Gentiles. We are being fed with food that was written by this “worst sinner”. Meaning at some point he had to forgive himself and do God’s work. How did he do this? How do you forgive yourself? We know God has forgiven us but how do you forgive yourself? “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Corinthians 15:57. Therefore, in any and every situation we’re victorious through Jesus our Lord, contrary to the devil’s deafening voice of guilt and condemnation. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” 1 John 1:9. He says ‘from all unrighteousness’, not some. Glory to God!