In 1 Timothy 1:6-11, Paul speaks of the misuse of the law by false teachers. But notice that at the mention of the gospel, Paul immediately breaks out into thanksgiving, in verse 12. As Paul is urging Timothy to guard the true gospel, he cannot help but stop to celebrate the gospel.
Paul gives a little of his personal testimony starting in verse 12. He celebrates the power of the gospel and the incredible grace of God, by pointing to himself as more or less the ultimate example of God’s grace. Paul persecuted the followers of Christ before he was saved. Paul was a devout Jew. He was one of the Pharisees. He followed the law strictly. He hated the Christians, and passionately hunted them down and killed them. Remember that the first time Scripture mentions Paul, he’s standing, basically presiding over the murder of Stephen — the first recorded
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