Do you think that the Apostle Paul was actually the worst sinner of past,
present and future history?
"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 unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life." [1 Timothy
Yes, I firmly believe that Paul was the worst sinner that ever lived (past, present, and future). The whole point of the passage was about the Saving Power of Jesus. Paul was just an example of that power. Jesus needed to save the worst sinner that would ever live on this planet, for it forever settles the question about forgiveness and usefulness. If Paul was only the worst of his age, then what about some very wicked people in future generations--could they have been saved? Would they have any hope of forgiveness from Christ? No, the absolute worst sinner, of all time, must be saved so that "Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life." Without the worst sinner saved, then Jesus' example is faulty.
Now, we need to remember that Paul's terrible sin was that He tried to destroy the Church of Jesus Christ (Christ's Bride), and the point is that, theoretically, Paul could have done it at that time. It still was a small flock, and only had a few leaders. At no other time in history could anyone come close to that kind of destruction of the Church. Of course, Christ, being the Living God Himself, would always come to the defense of His sweet and precious bride--the Church.
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