Foremost of Sinners
1 Timothy 1:15-16, AMP
“The saying is sure and true and worthy of full and universal acceptance, that Christ Jesus (the Messiah) came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am foremost. 16 But I obtained mercy for the reason that in me, as the foremost [of sinners], Jesus Christ might show forth and display all His perfect long-suffering and patience for an example to [encourage] those who would thereafter believe on Him for [the gaining of] eternal life.”
Earlier in this book, underneath the picture of my long and scraggly-haired, “old man” before Christ, are a lot of embarrassingly transparent descriptions of sin and shame. Actually, I have been reminded of some that aren’t even on there. In the face of that man I am certain you can see regret, embarrassment, remorse, depression, rejection, shame, hopelessness and despair. Earlier in life, I had been filled with pride, greed, arrogance, selfishness, conceit, manipulation, deceitfulness and control.
Knowing everything I had done, or thought about doing, I thought I was beyond salvaging or redemption. Surely there was no blacker heart than mine. But, God…
I am so very thankful for His mercy. I totally agreed with Paul about being the “foremost of sinners”. The remarkable transformation God has done in me has since given many people genuine hope for their eternal future, and encourages them to seek Him with all their heart.
Jesus Christ has surely displayed “His perfect long-suffering and patience”, along with His mercy, towards us all!
Spend a few minutes with the Father thanking Him for His patience, love, mercy and forgiveness. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you list your sins and circumstances from which you are free.
Dive Deeper: Study 1 Timothy 1.