© 2010 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
Painfully, Paul told his story: “I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of Jesus of Nazareth. And I did so in Jerusalem. I not only locked up many of the saints in prison after receiving authority from the chief priests, but when they were put to death I cast my vote against them. And I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to make them blaspheme, and in raging fury against them I persecuted them even to foreign cities” (Acts 26:9-11).
A Christian was the last thing he wanted to be. And to see Christianity take its last breath was what he most wanted to see.
What would God do with such a dreadful man? What could He do? Paul’s inspired answer? “…I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and a violent man. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst.
But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life (1 Timothy 1:13-16).
If Jesus was patient with Paul, He has been perfectly patient with you in your stubborn, ignorant unbelief. And now He wants to save you from all your imperfection. May we help you to find the grace, love and mercy of Christ?
The Perfect Patience of Jesus Christ