1 Timothy 1:12-17

Christ Jesus Came to Save Sinners

12 I thank him x who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, y appointing me to his service, 13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, z persecutor, and insolent opponent. But a I received mercy b because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and c the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the d faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is e trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus f came into the world to save sinners, g of whom I am the foremost. 16 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. 17 To h the King of ages, i immortal, j invisible, k the only God, l be honor and glory forever and ever. 1 Amen.

  1. Cross References
    Acts 9:22
    But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ.
    Philippians 4:13
    I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
  2. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 3:6
    Who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
  3. Cross References
    Acts 8:3
    But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.
  4. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 7:25
    Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy.
    2 Corinthians 4:1
    Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.
  5. Cross References
    Acts 3:17
    And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.
  6. Cross References
    Romans 5:20
    Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.
  7. Cross References
    Luke 7:47
    Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven - for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.
    Luke 7:50
    And he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace.
    1 Thessalonians 1:3
    Remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  8. Cross References
    1 Timothy 3:1
    The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.
    1 Timothy 4:9
    The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance.
    2 Timothy 2:11
    The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him.
    Titus 3:8
    The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.
    Revelation 22:6
    And he said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.
  9. Cross References
    Matthew 9:13
    Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.
    John 3:17
    For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
    Romans 4:25
    Who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
  10. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 15:9
    For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 10:16
    The Lord is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.
    Revelation 4:9 - 10
    And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever.
  12. Cross References
    1 Timothy 6:15 - 16
    Which he will display at the proper time - he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.
    Romans 1:23
    And exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
  13. Cross References
    John 1:18
    No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.
    Colossians 1:15
    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
    Hebrews 11:27
    By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.
    1 John 4:12
    No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
  14. Cross References
    Jude 1:25
    To the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
  15. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 29:11
    Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.
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