Daily Devotions for Nov 26, 2017, 1 Tim 1:12-17
Memory Text 1 Tim 1:16 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.
Westminster Confession of Faith 15.4, 5
15.4 As there is no sin so small, but it deserves damnation; so there is no sin so great, that it can bring damnation upon those who truly repent.
15.6 Men ought not to content themselves with a general repentance, but it is every man’s duty to endeavor to repent of his particular sins, particularly.
Monday: 1 Tim 1:12-17. Read the following passages and grasp Paul the persecutor, blasphemer, and vicious man: Acts 9:1-2, 4-5, 22:4-5, 19f, 26:9-11, 14. How does this personal testimony fit into the context (1:9, 1:5, Rom 1:16)? When is the last time you took a good look at your sinfulness? Do so now before your gracious Lord.
Tuesday: 1 Tim 1:12-15. Was Paul intentionally fighting God (v 13, Acts 26:9, 1 Cor 2:8)? Define “the grace of our Lord” (e.g. Rom 4:5-8, 5:1f)? What does “overflowed” add? Meditate on v 15 -the necessity of the category “sinner,” and the marvelous grace of Christ saving sinners (Mk 2:17, Lk 18:13, Mt 18:23-26).
Wednesday: 1 Tim 1:12-15. Could the law change Paul from a persecutor to a proclaimer (1:5-9)? What accompanied grace when Paul was converted (v 14, 12, 1:5)? How do you see that transformation in this passage, and the rest of his life (Gal 1:23, Rom 9:1-3, Phil 1:20-25)? How is Christ’s grace transforming you?
Thursday: 1 Tim 1:15-17. Paul proclaims the truth of sin and salvation to you. Do you believe both? How does ‘accepting fully’ v 15 help when you are doubting, plagued by guilt and sin? What difference does a robust doctrine of sin make in a church’s life and practice (e.g. 1 Tim 1:17, Phil 2:1-5, Mt 7:3, Eph 4:32)?
Friday: 1 Tim 1:17. How does this doxology flow from what Paul has been talking about? Why does Paul emphasize the transcendency of God? What does this say about the centrality of v 15 in the Christian’s entire life (Rev 5:9f)? See if the overflowing grace of God in Is 12:3-6, Rev 22:1-4 can’t move you to praise.
Saturday: Read 1 Tim 1:18-19. What does it mean to wage the good warfare? How does the text say we should do that?