1 Timothy 1:12-17 – BE ENCOURAGED
The Apostle Paul was probably one of the greatest Christians who ever lived. He was a great theologian, pastor, missionary, writer, Bible teacher and witness. Although God greatly used Paul in the areas just mentioned Paul is also valuable to us as an encouragement. If God was able to do so much with a man who called himself “chief of sinners”, think of how much he can do for us. Paul encourages us by sharing:
GOD’S POWER FOR CHANGE – Vss.12-14
God took Paul and miraculously saved him and changed him. See Acts 9.
GOD’S PLAN FOR SINNERS – Vs. 15
GOD’S PATTERN OF GRACE – Vs. 16
Paul serves as a “pattern” to all. If God can save Paul, He can save anyone.
GOD’S PRAISE FROM BELIEVERS – Vs. 17
The previous statements of Paul should encourage our hearts, leading us to praise of God.