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Paul was the chief of sinners
These words are found in 1 Timothy 1:15. Many will quote this verse, but fail to note the context surrounding it. Paul is NOT saying I am still a murderer, blasphemer etc.
1 Timothy 1:13-16 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 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. 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. (KJV)
Christ Jesus saved Paul “the chief of sinners” who was BEFORE a blasphemer, injurer and persecutor. From WHAT did Christ save him?
Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (KJV) . . . Paul did NOT walk by FAITH before he became a new man (Acts 9). He sinned ignorantly in unbelief, therefore missing out on being justified, as the just live by faith. Jesus saves us from our sins in entirety, just as He did Paul!
I die Daily
This is found in: 1 Cor.15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. (KJV)
Paul is not saying the flesh comes back to life every day. He is saying that every day his will and his desires conflict with the duty and the will of God. But instead of following his feelings, he did the will of God, no matter how unpleasant and distressing to his nature. He did NOT give in as many falsely assume.
Phil. 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (KJV)
IF we want to press forward to the mark of our high calling in Christ Jesus, we must show that we have emptied self, and are filled with grace of God.
Paul considered his body dead. Paul did what he knew to be good. Paul ALWAYS put God before himself. It must be so with us as well, and it must be a daily process. We must not fall back into that which God has already cleansed us. We must not fall back into something that we have already been shown NOT to do.
Some people flatter themselves that they are doing God's will while they continue to do their own will after knowing the Truth. When this happens, they must be cleansed of that same sin from which God has already cleansed them. They prevent not only growth but leave behind the protection of God's grace. IF judgment were to fall on them they would be found wanting (Dan.5:27), rather than be as the justified Christian (Rom.5:1), who is changed into the same image of Christ from glory to glory (2 Cor.3:18) in his walk with Christ. It is very doubtful that these people are not yet walking by faith. The Christian is not dead to sin today, but alive to sin tomorrow.
Faith is to believe God’s Promises. Jesus said: “go and sin no more” (John 8:11). Are we going to argue with Him and say that it is impossible? Or should we believe and trust in Him that He is able to “keep us from falling” (Jude 24). This is what Jesus meant when He said “believe in me” (John 14:1). It means to have complete trust in Him.
This topic brings MANY articles on sin,
how we can overcome sin, and how we can have
Victory Over Sin
Victory Over Sin
Applying Jesus' Victory
Beware of Apostate Preachers
Bible Definition of Sin
Biblical Victory Over Sin
Boundaries of Sin, What Are They?
King David Was A Sinner, Just Like You and Me
Ecumenism, Yoking With Satan
Evils of Neo Evangelism
God's Rules on Sin
How Narrow Is the Narrow Way?
How to Gain Victory Over Sin
How to Overcome
Important Bible Verses
Living Godly is NOT Easy!
Must Have An Earnest Desire to Have Victory Over Sin!
Sin in the Human Heart
Sin Must be Punished
Struggling to Understand Sin
Taking a Biblical Stand For God
Understanding WHAT Sin Is
Universal Nature of Sin
Unrighteousness, WHAT Is It?
Victory Over Sin, Can I Have it?
Victory Over Sin, Even for the Chief of Sinners!
Victory Over Sin, Forgiveness
Victory Over Sin, Misunderstood
Victory Over Sin, Overcoming Sin
Victory Over Sin, Reasons Not to Sin
Victory Over Sin, Rewards For Overcoming
Victory Over Sin, Sin Defined
Victory Over Sin, Ways to Achieve It
Weighing Sins, Does God Do That?
What Is Sin?
Why Sin Must Be Punished
World Will Rejoice, Believers Will Have Sorrow