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5). These teachers have deviated from this standard by their meaningless talk and lack of understanding the law. “They want to be something they are not. They are therefore identified as intellectual imposters” (Johnson 2001: 166). Their meaningless talk and lack of understanding indicate that they know neither the language nor the content of the Law. 42 1 Timothy 1:3–20 True Teaching Conforms to the Gospel 1:8-11 Paul further criticizes the teachers in verses 8-11 and shows why they do not conform to the glorious gospel.
God showed this violent man steadfast love and kindness. God’s mercy came to Paul despite his violent actions in defense of the law because he acted in unbelief and ignorance of Jesus Christ. Paul does not mean that God owed him mercy. , Num 15:22-31). “His former conduct is not thereby less culpable or grotesque, but for Paul this distinction at least explains why he became an object of God’s compassion rather than his wrath” (Fee 1988: 51). Amazingly, God’s grace overflowed to him (1 Tim 1:14).
The whole Christ saves by his life of faithfulness to God, by his death, and by his resurrection. Anabaptists, Protestants, and Catholics differ in their views on the nature of grace and the human response to Christ’s work. In Catholic thought, salvation depends on more than accepting a series of doctrinal propositions. In reaction to Catholicism, Martin Luther taught justification by faith alone and not by works. Anabaptists called for committing the whole person to Christ. Repentance for them was genuine only when it included amendment of life.