We give thanks to Christ. He provides our strength, he is our strength. He gives us ministry assignments. We give thanks to Christ because he deserves it.
Paul, like ourselves had a background. Before salvation he was a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent opponent. All of us have heinous sins which we have committed which rightly bring us to a point of condemnation.
God gives mercy to those who are without hope. God gives grace to those who need grace. These two gifts from God come freely but not based on merit. These things come to us overflowing. Truly, God is rich in mercy. Without this mercy, this grace, we would be utterly hopeless and destitute.
With Paul, so with us, God is most magnified in these gracious demonstrations of benevolence. We are his trophies. God is glorified in his saving of people like ourselves.
Rightly do we join Paul in singing praise to God! To him be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Passage is taken from 1 Timothy 1:12-20 and Acts 26:9-18. Want to listen? Here’s the online sermon archive.