๐Ÿ‘‘ A Pattern Ofย Longsuffering

โ€œThis is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlastingโ€ย (1 Timothyย 1:15,16).

God could be righteously angered and vengeful today. Thankfully, He isย not!

Godโ€™sย โ€œlongsufferingโ€ย is typified in the Apostle Paul (see todayโ€™s Scripture). His salvation is aย โ€œpatternโ€ย of how people are saved into Christ today. Saul was an unbelieving, rebellious, indoctrinated, self-righteous, zealous Jew. In early Acts, he traveled and arrested, tortured, and executedย anyย Jewโ€”including women!โ€”who followed Jesus of Nazareth. The Lord Jesus Christ observed it all from Heaven. He could have easily struck down Saul and whisked him off to Hell!ย Contrariwise, the Lord chose to extend mercy and love toward that wretched sinner. He personally appeared to Saul in Acts chapter 9. Saul, amazed and humbled, trusted the Lord Jesus Christ whom he had passionately hated.

Indeed, God chose that leader of sinners, the head of Israelโ€™s rebellion against Jesus Christ, to become the Apostle Paul. He commissioned that man to go to all nations and preach the same grace God had shown him. Hence, Godโ€™s spokesman to the world opens each of his 13 epistles with,ย โ€œGrace and peace.โ€ย Rather than wrath and war, God is (temporarily)ย patiently toleratingย sinful man. The Lord Jesus Christ has paid our sin debt; hence, we enjoy grace and peace today. However, to benefit from itย forever, like Paul, we must receive andย trustย it.ย โ€œChrist died for our sins, He was buried, and He rose again the third dayโ€ย (1 Corinthians 15:3,4). source

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