“Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost sinner Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life” (1 Timothy 1:16).

Paul offers himself as Exhibit A of how a person’s past does not limit the work of God. That Paul was the worst thing imaginable—a blasphemer and persecutor who sought to destroy the church—reveals that the salvation God has accomplished in Christ Jesus is never about our “badness,” but God’s graciousness. Your past isn’t the centerpiece of the salvation story; it is but a demonstration of God’s goodness.

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