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1 Timothy 1:15
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.
At an elderly age, the Apostle Paul was still amazed by the love and grace of our Lord. In this passage, he still believed that if a person was judging him based on the wretchedness of his former life of sin, he indeed was “The Worst.”
This statement was made during the reign of Nero, the wicked emperor of Rome. Even faced with the staggering depravity of Nero’s reign, Paul was still convinced No One had ever reached the depths of sin he had. Why? I believe the great Apostle had plumbed the depths of God’s grace like few had before or ever have since. As much of a Pharisee as possible before his salvation, Paul became an even stronger Christian after. Consequently, the depth of his love for Jesus, who accepted him and forgave him, kept him saying, “I know that of all the people who ever did sin, I was The Worst.”
When I read Paul’s words this AM, the first thing I think of is, “No, I’m the worst.” But You have given me life and life more abundantly. Thank You. Amen