A Short Study of 1st Timothy 1:13

“Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.” (1st Timothy 1:13)


“I obtained mercy,” saith Paul. This phrase speaks forth a particular application of mercy to the receiver by the giver of it.

“General mercy would not do my business, another man’s mercy would not save me; I must have it of my own, for myself; and so I got it. Mercy came to me, made me a visit, and applied itself to me in particular.”

So it must be with you.

You will never be saved, you will never see God’s face in glory, unless His mercy deal with you, and in the world to be saved by mercy besides thyself. There is indeed a blessed multitude of the vessels of mercy, and the Captain of our salvation brings many sons to glory. But yet there is a personal, particular application of saving mercy to every saved sinner.

And for this application of mercy we should come to the throne of grace. Though there be infinite mercy at His throne, and though many receive of this mercy, yet you must have of this mercy for yourselves, or you cannot be saved. Your soul is your own, and no man’s else; and the mercy that saves you must be as much your own, and not another body’s mercy.

That deep discourse of the apostle looks this way (Romans 11:30-32): “For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief. Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.”

It is a great mystery of judgment and mercy the apostle is speaking of; the rejecting of the Jews, and calling in of the Gentiles. Mercy took occasion for the just casting off of the Jews to visit the Gentiles, but both of them must have mercy of their own. Mercy to the Jews will not save the Gentiles; and mercy to the Gentiles will not save the Jews. Both must have their own mercy. The fountain is the same, the streams are the same; but the vessels are not the same, and every vessel of mercy must have it’s own measure of it’s own particular mercy. It must be your own, and no man’s else.

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