Paul gives us a number of faithful sayings in his pastoral epistles that are a source a great encouragement through encapsulated truth regarding our Savior and His great love for us. I would like to look at each of these faithful sayings for our blessing and edification Lord willing. The first faithful saying is found in 1 Timothy chapter one where Paul expresses his great gratitude for God’s grace given to him in Christ Jesus.
12And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, 13although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 15This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 16However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. 17Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 1 Timothy 1:12-17
Paul considered himself a trophy of Christ’s grace and transformative power turning a wicked sinner into a blessed saint. Paul persecuted Christ’s own, blaspheming the Lord, until he was met by Christ on the road to Damascus. Paul’s miraculous conversion transformed a proud sinner into a humble servant who was ready to do the will of the Lord. Jesus Christ placed Paul in ministry; Paul faithfully served the Lord Jesus Christ in preaching the gospel to the Gentiles and ministering to the saints through faithful teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. This call of God upon the life of Paul through Jesus Christ has brought untold riches to this sin cursed world through the propagation of the gospel in the lives of his converts and the transmission of the truth of God in the preserved record of his epistles to his beloved churches. This pattern set forth for our edification in the life of Paul reveals the goal of our salvation; to turn wicked wretched sinners bound for hell into saved sealed saints possessing eternal life who are dedicated to serving our Lord through preaching the gospel and loving and serving others. This faithful saying proves the truth that Jesus Christ saves sinners, His reason for coming to this earth, and that He transforms them into His beloved saints eager to please Him.
1And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. 3And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecute thou Me? 5And he said, Who art Thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecute: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. 7And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. 8And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.9And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. 10And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. 11And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prays, 12And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. 13Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: 14And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. 15But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: 16For I will show him how great things he must suffer for My Name’s sake. 17And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou came, hath sent me, that thou might receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 18And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. 19And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. 20And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. Acts 9:1-20
Have you met the Lord Jesus Christ? Has He revealed Himself to you and called you into His eternal kingdom and glory? Are you sure that you belong to Him? Paul goes onto explain God’s desire for all men to be saved.
3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God and Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, 7for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle-I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying-a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. 1 Timothy 2:3-7
Jesus Christ met Paul and confronted him with his sin. Paul repented and put His faith in Jesus Christ. That is what God desires for you, he desires that you turn from your sin and put your faith in Him. Believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the ransom for your soul so that you can be reconciled to God through faith in Him and that He rose from the dead for your justification and victory over sin, the devil and death. He gives His Holy Spirit to all who believe in Him, just as He has promised in the Bible. The Holy Spirit is our Guide and Teacher, the One Who leads us into all truth and establishes us in godly living as we rely upon the Lord Jesus Christ and read His written Word to us, the Bible. Our assurance of eternal life can only be found in Jesus Christ and His glorious work of redemption that He has accomplished for all those who place their faith in Him. God’s gracious gift of salvation waits for your humble repentance and joyful belief in the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and your acceptance of Him as your Lord and Savior for all of eternity. May this faithful saying from God’s Word encourage you to believe Jesus Christ, to believe He died on the cross for you and rose from the dead for you, and so be saved from God’s wrath and become a beloved child of the King! May God bless you by turning your from your sin and turning you to Him. God bless you as you place your faith in His Son Jesus Christ.