“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” 1 Timothy 1:9-10
1st and 2nd Timothy are letters from the Apostle Paul to his “child in the faith” Timothy.
Here Paul speaks of the grace of God, which is His unmerited or undeserved favor. When we receive Christ as our Lord and Savior we then fall under the umbrella of God’s grace. He then favors us above those who are outside the family of God the same way an earthly parent would favor their own child over a child of their neighbor. Although God established this grace when time began, it came to fruition through Christ when He took on the sins of the world on the cross and died conquering death once for all time. This is why we who are saved are said to be born twice and only die once. We die to our old sin nature and are born the second time as a new creature in Christ. The second death is reserved for all who reject Christ and the life changing forgiveness He provides. Those who experience the second death are cast into a lake of fire for all eternity. (Revelation 20:13-15)
In these 2 verses Paul is stressing the point that our redemption is by the grace of God and not by anything we could have ever done. We are called to live sanctified lives with the Holy Spirit’s assistance. Sanctification is the process of being set apart or made holy for heavenly use. It is both instantaneous and progressive. Instantaneous in that the moment we receive Christ we are seen by God as completely righteous and holy or sanctified. While this is true, our actual entry into holy living takes time, perhaps most, if not all our lives. It’s in God’s economy that grace, mercy and love reside. It is the exercise of those characteristics that stays God’s hand against us. He knows we are but dust and to dust we shall return (Ecclesiastes 3:20).
So embrace the grace that has been provided for you to enjoy and do not neglect it, for it is the basis for your redemption. Without it there would be no hope, with it there is never ending hope. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
References used: Reformation Study Bible and The Asbury Bible Commentary.
NOTE: Paul recommends Timothy as one who will take a genuine interest in the welfare of the Philippians. Timothy is frequently referred to as Paul's child in the faith (1Timothy 1:2, 18; 2Timothy 1:2; 2:1; and Philippians 2:22) and was placed in Ephesus as Paul's representative (1Timothy 1:3).