Finding Life and Purpose in God’s Mercy
Finding Life and Purpose in God’s Mercy 1 Timothy 1:12-17
12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17 To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:12-17 ESV)
Main Idea: Christ Jesus came to show sinners mercy and restore their purpose.
In this section, Paul is not being braggadocious, but is contrasting himself with the faithless teachers who have crept into the Ephesian church. He freely confesses his ministry is empowered by Christ and given to him in spite of himself. The difference is that Paul had truly encountered the mercy of God. The others had not.
God’s mercy rescues and transforms us. (vv. 12-15)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV)
Jesus can and will save even you!
God’s mercy restores our purpose. (vv. 16-17)
God shows us mercy that we might…
… reveal the glory of Christ in our transformed lives.
… expand and strengthen his Kingdom.
… worship the one true God.
- Receive God’s mercy through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Embrace the fact that this life is not about you.
- Use your story to evangelize and encourage others.
- Pursue a life of worship. Do not waste it on the trivial.