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1Timothy 1.15-16 What did Paul mean by “first of sinners” if he did not mean “worst,” “foremost,” or “chief” of sinners? To shed light on this, let us examine the context of Paul’s thought by looking at the next verse. In verse 16, Paul declared, “Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.”
Was Paul the “worst” sinner who ever lived? Did Paul believe he was worse than Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero? Did he think he was worse than Haman who tried to kill all the Jews? What about Ahab, Jezebel, the wicked kings of Israel, not the mention the evil kings who ruled Gentile nations? Such a conclusion should be highly suspicious to one who reads history, considers the context of a passage, or thinks critically. Paul as “worst of sinners” certainly does not agree with what he wrote elsewhere (cf. Philippians 3.4-6) and what he wrote a couple of verses before (1 Timothy 1.12-13).

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Essentially, I'd like this page to be an open forum about the gospel of Jesus Christ, Paul's gospel, and the separation of Israel and the body of Christ. All of the Bible is FOR us, however, Paul's epistles are written TO us. We learn from the entire Bible, and we get our directions, as the body of Christ, from Paul's epistles. Paul received his gospel from the ascended Lord, Jesus Christ. So this is indeed, the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Paul was given the gospel of grace, 1Cor. 15:3,4 DIRECTLY from the ascended Lord. Paul said, But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is NOT after man.
For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by revelation of Jesus Christ, Galatians 1:11,12.