The good news for sinners: our Saviour is greater than our sin.

 “Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless (or unsearchable) riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8).

This post continues on from an earlier post, which contrasts Paul and Jesus. You may find it helpful to read that post before reading this one.

We listen to Jesus, we learn from Jesus, and we worship Jesus.

The contrast between Paul and Jesus is the contrast between sin and salvation.

Paul does not have big ideas about himself: “I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people.”

Paul does have big ideas about Jesus: “the boundless (or unsearchable) riches of Christ.”

Paul is the sinner. Jesus is the Saviour.

This contrast between Paul and Jesus is summed up in 1 Timothy 1:13-14.

Paul says this about himself: “I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man.” He says this about Jesus: “The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly.”

This contrast between Paul and Jesus continues in 1 Timothy 1:15-16.

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in hm and receive eternal life.

Paul sees himself as a great sinner, and he sees Jesus as the great Saviour.

A sinner, saved by grace – This is how Paul saw himself, and this is how we should see ourselves.

May we never forget that we are sinners. May we, always, remember that we have been saved by grace. We may be great sinners, but here’s the good news for sinners: our Saviour is greater than our sin.

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In Acts 9:1-6, you can read more about the great turning-point in Paul’s life. At that time, he was known as Saul. To make it clear that he had left his old life behind him, he became known by the new name, Paul.

“Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’ ‘Who are you, Lord?’ Saul asked. ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. ‘ Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.'”

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