by Johnny Hunt

How Can I Say Thanks?
Johnny Hunt
1 Timothy 1:12-17
November 21, 2004

INTRODUCTION: Could be entitled, "Thanksgiving Will Lead To Thanks-living." The Apostle Paul began with "thanks" and ended with a "doxology." It is very apparent that he had lots to be grateful for.

This passage was used in the first century to accomplish a couple of things in particular.

1. To manifest the true gospel which v.11 calls, "the glorious gospel of the blessed God." The first 10 verses of 1 Tim. warns of false teachers who misrepresent the "glorious gospel." The true gospel affirms both Law and Grace; the good news is preceded by the bad news. Verse 8, "But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully." Then, v.9 says, "knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless...the ungodly and for sinners..."

Paul is affirming that the law is part of the gospel. What is the gospel? That man is a sinner that cannot redeem (save) himself; he is lost without Christ, his sin is unforgiven, which damns him forever in an eternal hell. Now, what is the gospel? Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, came into the world, died on the cross, and was raised the third day for our salvation and justification. Through faith in Him and by the grace of God we can be forgiven of our sins.

When people cover up the message of sin, it helps no one. The gospel demonstrates God's glory, and part of God's glory is His attributes which includes His holiness, which is hatred of sin, and His judgment which demands that sin be dealt with through death. However, grace is His attribute also which allows forgiveness of sin. It is the gospel of His glory.

Paul also speaks in v.11 of "the blessed God" which means that God is the source of blessing.

Doxology – "Praise God from whom all blessings come"

"which was committed to my trust" Paul was under a divine commission; a divine stewardship.

Therefore, Paul manifested the true gospel

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