Paul, Chief of Sinners

TEXT:† 1 Tim. 1:12-17

INTRODUCTION:

A.††††† PAUL BEFORE HIS CONVERSION ( Acts 22:3-5;† 26:9-11 ).

B.††††† YET GOD SAW FIT TO SAVE PAUL.† MOST PROLIFIC APOSTLE.

C.††††† IN OUR TEXT PAUL RELATES HIS FORMER LIFE TO GODíS SALVATION.

I.††††† THE MOST WICKED CAN BE SAVED.

A.††††† TWO WAYS TO VIEW THIS FACT.

††††††††† 1.†††††† Godís power is vested in the gospel.† We must so the seed and let the ground do the

††††††††† ††††††††† accepting ( Matt. 28:19-20;† Mark 16:15-16 ).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Is anyone too wicked to be saved? ( Matt. 21:31-32 ).

††††††††† 3.†††††† You have never done anything so bad you canít be saved.

†††††††††††††††††† a.†††††† Look at Paul. †††††† b.† Pentecost. †††††† c.† Publicans and harlots.

B.††††† PAUL SEEMS TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THOSE WHO SIN OUT OF

††††††††† IGNORANCE AND UNBELIEF AND THOSE WHO SIN KNOWING THE TRUTH.

††††††††† 1.†††††† The distinction is found elsewhere ( Heb. 10:26;† 6:4-6;† 3:12-13 ).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Ignorance and unbelief are no excuse! ( Acts 10:1-2;† 17:30-31 ).

C.††††† PAULíS INTENTIONS WERE GOOD.† HE THOUGHT HE WAS SERVING GOD.

††††††††† ( 1 Tim. 1:13, 15;† 23:1 ).† CHIEF OF SINNERS!!!!

D.††††† PAUL OBTAINED MERCY IN SPITE OF THE FACT HE DID NOT DESERVE IT.

SAVED BY GRACE!

††††††††† 1.†††††† We are saved by grace ( Eph. 2:8-9 ).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Grace finds expression in Jesusí death in our place ( Rom. 3:26 ).

††††††††† 3.†††††† Godís love for us, not our goodness, compelled him to send Jesus ( Titus 3:4-7 ).

††††††††† 4.†††††† Access to grace by faith ( Rom. 5:1-2 ).

††††††††† 5.†††††† Which motivates to work ( Gal. 5:6 ).

E.††††† A REALIZATION OF OUR WORTHLESSNESS MOVES US TO ACCEPT GRACE.

††††††††† 1.†††††† We must realize that we, like Paul, are sinners, too ( Rom. 3:23;† 6:23 ).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Jesus came to save sinners ( 1 Tim. 1:5 ).

††††††††† 3.†††††† No exceptions ( 1 Tim. 2:3-4 ).

II.†††† A SPECIAL PLACE FOR PAUL IN GODíS SERVICE.

A.††††† HE WAS CALLED TO BE AN APOSTLE, A CHOSEN VESSEL ( Acts 9:15-16 ).

††††††††† 1.†††††† Paul was an inspired teacher of Godís word ( Gal. 1:11-12 ).

††††††††† 2.†††††† He was a witness of† the resurrection of Christ ( 1 Cor. 15:8 ).

††††††††† 3.†††††† Paul is also an example to us all of hope ( 1 Tim. 1:16 ).

B.††††† AS THE GOSPEL WAS COMMITTED TO PAUL, SO IT WAS TO TIMOTHY AND

††††††††† THE REST OF US ( 1 Tim. 1:11-12 ).

††††††††† 1.†††††† Timothy shared Paulís commitment to the gospel ( 2 Tim. 1:13-14;† 2:2 ).

††††††††† 2.†††††† This commitment came not to Paul by special appointment or calling

†††††††††††††††††† ( Rom 1:14;† 2 Cor. 5:14-15 ).

††††††††† 3.†††††† This commitment is ours for the same reason.

††††††††† 4.†††††† There is a place for you! (Rom. 12:4-8 ).

CONCLUSION:

A.††††† IF WE LOVE THE LORD WE WILL KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS ( John 14:15 ).

B.††††† WHAT ARE HIS COMMANDS?