I Timothy 1:15
Report Date: March 27, 2015
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.
For further study – I Timothy 1:12-20
The key verse for our devotional reading today, I Timothy 1:15, was written by Paul near the end of his ministry. His statement speaks volumes of how the apostle had grown in his own life during almost 30 years of ministry.
I am reminded that early in Paul’s ministry he referred to himself as “the least of the apostles”, I Corinthians 15:9. About half way through his thirty years of ministry, Paul realized that he was “the least of the saints”, Ephesians 3:8. Now, towards the end of his ministry, Paul realizes that he is the “chief of all sinners”.
It is true, that the closer we get to Jesus, the worse we see ourselves to be. Remember, the way we get close to Him today is by talking to Him and allowing Him to talk to us, through the reading of His Word the Bible.
We talk to Him in prayer, as I said, which Paul tells us to do, “without ceasing”. The Lord talks to us through His Word, and this is one of the reasons to have a time everyday when you study the scriptures.
First and Second Timothy are referred to as the “pastoral epistles”. The author of these “pastors’ manuals” gives his young partner in the ministry, Timothy, the instruction that must be passed along to the leaders of the churches that are springing up all over the known world at that time.
Young Timothy is to travel to these churches and assist them in the selection of a leadership team and the training of these newly elected leaders in the proper method of administration in the local church.
God has selected to reach the world through local churches that are planted around the world. The Lord has a way and a plan that these churches must administer.
In both First and Second Timothy, Paul gives the warning to the churches, and all of us that read his instructions, He tells us that the Lord’s Return is near. Paul believed that the time when Christ would call us to be with Him in the Rapture was very close at hand.
Remember, when Paul was writing to the Thessalonians about the Rapture, I Thessalonians 4:15-18, he kept using the word “we”, believing that in his lifetime he would see the Rapture of the Church. That was almost 2000 years ago. How much closer we must be to the Rapture now.
That is why Paul wanted the church to be operating in a godly fashion, thus Paul’s instruction to young Timothy. He charges Timothy to remember his instruction and his study of prophecy, and to “war a good warfare”, I Timothy 1:18.
That is how we must live and administer our churches, always moving forward in light of the soon coming of Jesus Christ. The evidence is very clear, The Rapture can happen at any moment, perhaps today.