Summary: 3 of 3. Paul reminded Timothy of the significance of God’s investment in us. When do we honor the gravity of God’s investment? We honor the gravity of God’s investment when we are Thankful. We honor God’s investment thru Thankfulness for His...
HONORING GOD’s INVESTMENT-III—1Timothy 1:12-17
Paul reminded Timothy of the gravity behind God’s investment/charge.
We must recognize the gravity of God’s investment.
We must be made aware of the investment made to our responsibility with the Gospel.
When do we honor the gravity of God’s investment?
We honor the gravity of God’s investment when we are Thankful.
Previously we have found that
We honor God’s investment thru Thankfulness for...
1. His FAITH In ME/Us(:12)
2. His MERCY(:13)
3. His EXCESS(:14)
4. His SIMPLICITY(:15)
5—We honor God’s investment thru Thankfulness for...
:16—“However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.”
There was a particular “reason” for God’s offer of “mercy” to Paul. It was so “Jesus Christ” Himself would be able to demonstrate God’s mercy thru His “longsuffering”—in dealing with such sinners as exemplified in Paul.
This “longsuffering” of Christ that was demonstrated in Paul, stands as the “pattern” by which others “who are going to believe” “on” Jesus, will do so that they may partake of eternal life, as is Paul.
God has patience(& so we) toward those who may turn to Him in faith.
“Reason/Cause”—dia touto— ‘Through this.’
“Obtained mercy/Found mercy[See :13]—eleew—To have mercy on; To help one afflicted or seeking aid; To help the afflicted, to being help to the wretched; To experience mercy.
“Show/Demonstrate”—endeiknumi—To point out; To manifest, display, put forth. Strong—To indicate (by word or act).
“Longsuffering/Patience”—makroyumia—Patience, endurance, constancy, steadfastness, perseverance; Patience, forbearance, longsuffering, slowness in avenging wrongs. The self restraint which does not hastily retaliate a wrong. Strong—Longanimity, i.e. (objectively) Forbearance or (subjectively) Fortitude. Used 14X.
“Pattern/Example”—upotupwsiv—An outline, sketch, brief & summary exposition; An example, pattern. Strong—typification under (after), i.e. (concretely) a sketch (figuratively) for imitation. Used 2X.
From—upo—by, under—&—tupov—a die (as struck), i.e. (by implication) a stamp or scar; by analogy, a shape, i.e. a statue, (figuratively) style or resemblance; specifically, a sampler ("type"), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).
“Believe”—pisteuw—To think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in; To entrust a thing to one, i.e. his fidelity. “Everlasting/Eternal”—aiwniov—Without beginning & end, that which always has been & always will be; Without beginning; Without end, never to cease, everlasting. Gives prominence to the immeasurableness of eternity. Strong—Perpetual (also used of past time, or past & future as well).