Here’s how Eugene Peterson translates 1 Timothy 1:12-19 in The Message…
12-14I’m so grateful to Christ Jesus for making me adequate to do this work. He went out on a limb, you know, in trusting me with this ministry. The only credentials I brought to it were invective and witch hunts and arrogance. But I was treated mercifully because I didn’t know what I was doing—didn’t know Who I was doing it against! Grace mixed with faith and love poured over me and into me. And all because of Jesus.
15-19Here’s a word you can take to heart and depend on: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. I’m proof—Public Sinner Number One—of someone who could never have made it apart from sheer mercy. And now he shows me off—evidence of his endless patience—to those who are right on the edge of trusting him forever.
Deep honor and bright glory
to the King of All Time—
One God, Immortal, Invisible,
ever and always. Oh, yes!
I’m passing this work on to you, my son Timothy. The prophetic word that was directed to you prepared us for this. All those prayers are coming together now so you will do this well, fearless in your struggle, keeping a firm grip on your faith and on yourself. After all, this is a fight we’re in.
Here’s something to think about…
This passage evokes many different thoughts. One in particular is the marvelous relationship of trust which God shares with the followers of His Son. In essence this text affirms:
1) God trusts His children to…
…passionately share the Gospel
…remain unashamed of the Gospel
…preserve the integrity of the Gospel
2) God’s children trust Him to…
…bless our efforts with fruit
…stay with us when others desert us
…refresh and strengthen us when we need it the most.
May God help us to be worthy of such trust, while we trust in One whose worthiness is beyond question!