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Who is the “worst” of sinners? Each one of us! Therefore let us praise Christ’s mercy and patience toward us.

BibleGateway: 1 Timothy 1:8-17

ESV Text: 1 Timothy 1:8-17

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:54 and ends at about 2:31

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8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

     12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 16 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 everlasting. 17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.(KJV)

Hymn: WS 743:
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

1. Immortal, invisible, God only wise, 
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes, 
Most blessed, most glorious, O Ancient of Days, 
Almighty, victorious, Your great Name we praise. 

2. Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light, 
Not wanting, not wasting, You rule in Your might; 
Your justice, like mountains, high soaring above 
Your clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love. 

3. All life You engender, in great and in small; 
Of all life Befriender, the true life of all; 
We blossom and flourish in richness and range, 
We wither and perish – but You never change. 

4. Great Father of glory, pure Father of light, 
Your angels adore You, all veiling their sight; 
Our praises we render, oh lead us to see 
The light of Your splender, Your love’s majesty.