1 Timothy 1:1-2: A God-Saturated Greeting

[Paul, writing to Timothy says] at the end of verse two. “Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Paul points Timothy to the resources of Christian ministry as his encouragement. Timothy, you’re my true son in the Lord. Now here’s where you need to look for your resources: to the grace, to the mercy, and to the peace of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. How does Paul encourage Timothy? By pointing him to the attributes of God. He is Savior, he is our hope, He is our Father, He is our Lord, but also by pointing to the provisions of God. He gives us grace, and mercy and peace. 

You see, the Christian church is utterly dependent upon the resources granted to us from the Father in Jesus Christ. We do not have the power to do what God has called us to do. Do you know what the task is that God has given to us? God has said, “Now, here’s all I want you to do: I want you to raise the dead, and I want you to heal all the wounded in the church.” That really boils down to what God is asking us to do in the church: I want you to raise the dead—when we go out to share the good news with those who are apart from Christ, we are being asked to take part in the raising of the dead, the spiritually dead. Ever thrown a life preserver to a person who’s dead? They have a hard time hanging on. Raise the dead. Heal the wounded. That’s all we have to do. I can’t do that! You can’t do that! Only God can do that, and we are pressed back on the resources that only God can give: His grace, His mercy, His peace. We are called to be faithful, but we rest on His resources.

Ligon Duncan


Read 1 Timothy 1:1-2.  Do you find yourself resting on the “Grace, mercy, and peace” of God as you strive to be faithful? Or do you trust more in your own skills and abilities?  How can you grow more in depending on the Lord and his promises?

His Mercy is More – Shane and Shane

Posted on: May 21, 2021 - 12:00PM

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