The Eternal King

A reflection on 1 Timothy 1:17

To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 

As I reflect on Paul’s words, I am brought to a place of brokenness, surrender, humility, and gratitude. This word of praise given by the Apostle is a reflection of his wrestling with sin in contrast with the grace and mercy of the Savior. Like Paul, I too am the foremost of sinners, but God rich in grace and abundant in mercy!

Because of my sin, I was a blasphemous wretch. Because of my sin, I was proved to be a persecutor of all that is righteous. Because of my sin, I was an opponent of the cross of Jesus Christ. Because of my sin, I was ignorant of my unbelief. Because of my sin, I was dead.

Because of His mercy, I have not received the just penalty for sin. Because of His mercy, I have not been discarded. Because of His mercy, His cross brings me to His empty tomb. Because of His mercy, I was not left ignorant. Because of His mercy, I was brought out of the judgment of death. 

Because of His grace, I have become a herald for the gospel. Because of His grace, I have become a servant for righteousness. Because of His grace, I have become a servant of the cross. Because of His grace, I have faith. Because of His grace, I am alive with Christ. 

All this so that the patience of my Lord might be displayed to the ones who have been called on to believe. To this end, I will proclaim to the eternal King, who transcends space and time. To the immortal King, who has conquered death and defeated the grave. To the invisible King, who made Himself visible through creation. To the only God, may my life give you honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

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