GIVING THANKS IN A CONFUSED AND CONFUSING WORLD
I TIMOTHY 1:8-17
The influence of a personal testimony is always amazing to me. John Newton conveyed often the story of his early life & conversion experience, & wherever he preached, large crowds gather round to hear the "Old Converted Sea Captain" as he was called.
He is quoted before he died in a message saying: "My memory is practically gone, but I commit to memory 2 things: That I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great Savior!"
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; [Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
Accurately the words might read, "I am deeply grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord..." Paul is taking a trip down memory lane and when he thought of all that the Lord had done for him he was thoroughly overwhelmed with an attitude of gratitude.
I believe the key to this passage is Paul's great burst of thanksgiving with when he begins in verse 12.
Paul never got over the wonder of all that Christ his Savior had done for him. Whenever he contemplated about the miracle that God wrought in him in saving him and transforming him his heart was overjoyed.
I don't think we should ever get over being saved do you? When you look at the Church of today I cannot help but believe that our great problem is we have lost the marvel of what Christ has done for us. The average church member has grown used to the idea of being saved, and in the bottom line is they have grown cold and careless.
There are certain things that are true about Paul that are also true about us. There are several things that we should be thankful for.
I. WE OUGHT TO BE THANKFUL FOR PERSONAL SALVATION- V 13 --
"I obtained mercy"
In verse 13 we have the biography of past life Paul was living before he became a Christian. The grace ...
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