Thursday, September 1, 2016

IN ME FIRST - By Joel Finck

Scripture Reading: I Timothy 1:15, 16

Who was the first member of the body of Christ?  Theologians have long debated this question, coming up with  such answers as, "John the Baptist," "the Twelve Apostles," or  even "Adam." While we do not question the salvation of any  ofthese (except Judas), none ofthem were saved under the  current administration of grace which was committed to Paul  (Ephesians 3:1, 2).

The Scriptures are clear that Paul's salvation was the first  of its kind. "Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in  mefirst Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a  pattern to them which should hereafter believe on Him to life  everlasting" (I Timothy 1:16). That is, Paul was the first to  obtain mercy during the time of God's longsuffering. When is  the time of God's longsuffering? It is this present dispensation  of grace in which God's wrath of the tribulation period is  being delayed. According to the prophecies of the Old  Testament, the day of God's wrath should have come and gone  long ago. But in His Grace, God postponed His wrath and  revealed a secret program among the Gentiles (Romans 11:25).

Paul is the pattern of salvation today, in that he was saved  by the pure grace of God even as he rebelled against Christ. It  was not his obedience to the law, or turning to God that saved  him, even as these things do not save us. We, as Paul, can only  be saved by believing the record God gave him, "that all that  believe are justified from all things from which ye could not be  justified by the law of Moses" (Acts 13:39). Have you trusted  the finished work of Christ for your salvation?

How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4

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