How can we distinguish truth from error? How can we know one is speaking for the LORD? How do we know whether our own testimony is true? The apostle Paul gives us the key qualities of true faith.
12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; All the glory belongs unto the LORD Jesus alone. The enabling, the counting as one of the faithful, being a servant of the LORD are all His doing from beginning to the end.
13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. When any of the LORD’s children are asked what they were before the LORD graciously drew them, they will testify with Paul that they were the worst of the worst, and less than the least! When Paul declares that who He was and what He did, He did ignorantly in unbelief, he is not claiming ignorance as an excuse. The word literally is ‘foolishly.’ Whatever righteousness he thought he had before God, he FOOLISHLY trusted in unbelief, until it pleased God to reveal Christ in him, Galatians 1:15, 16.
14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. It is by the mercy and grace of the LORD Jesus Christ alone that any sinners can be named as the children of God, or servants of the LORD. Mercy is God withholding from us the just due. Grace is God giving fully and freely what is unmerited by the sinner, but wholly merited by the LORD Jesus and His blood and righteousness alone.
15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. It is not just what we were, but who we are as sinners, that the Spirit causes us to see of ourselves and exclaim, ‘woe is me, I am undone,’ Isaiah 6:5. And therein, the faithful saying, that is for such that the LORD Jesus came into the world. Not the righteous, but lost SINNERS, Jesus came to save! Luke 5:32.
16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. If any who are the LORD’s are asked THE CAUSE of their salvation, they will mirror Paul’s testimony as the pattern, ‘I obtained mercy.’ We don’t merit mercy! It was OBTAINED through the redemption that the LORD Jesus wrought, Hebrews 9:12.
17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
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