1. “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Tim 1:17.
Time after time we gather to give thanks to God for his goodness. Time after time in our homes we give thanks to God for his care over us. The best thing to do in our lives is to praise God, to glorify God and honour him for His mercies over us every day.
Apostle Paul, saw the great thing God did in his life through Jesus Christ and declared: “Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ which is our hope”. 1 Tim. 1:1
Paul saw in his past life the atrocity and the enormous wickedness he displayed against the Christians (those who were following the new teachings of Jesus and had become his disciples.) He wondered how such great love of God could still be extended to him through Jesus Christ. He wondered how such grace of salvation could still reach him through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have we ever wandered back to see the great sins we committed in the past and how by grace today we are able to obtain salvation through Christ Jesus? If we realize such a grace bestowed unto us, we should time after time, give great thanks to God who offered His only begotten Son to die for our sins.
2. In his new life Paul saw God as the King Eternal. He now saw God Clearer as that King who reigns forever.
Our kings on earth are innumerable but none of them has stayed forever on earth. Time after time kings on earth die. But God is King Eternal that reigns forever. He is without beginning of days or end of life. He is everlasting.
When we realize truly that God is Eternal King, we would eschew any evil work remembering that He brings His judgement down without partiality. He is the King that sees all the truth in all situations and cannot be deceived. Indeed when all kings on earth shall realize that God is King Eternal before whom all earthly kings shall fall they will rule on earth with fear of God. None shall give room for any oppression or injustice. When they realize that the Eternal King is the Righteous King and the true God, the earthly kings ought to surrender totally to him: “but the Lord is the true God, He is the living God and the everlasting King: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.” Jer. 10:10.
So whether we are rulers or kings, governors or presidents even leaders in our communities or in places of worship we should rule under the fear of God.
3. All the time we call on our God though we cannot see him face to face. He is immortal and invisible.
Because God is immortal he is the author of immortality, the original of immortality and can never die. God in his love bestowed immortality to believers through Christ that whosoever believes in him shall not die. So Jesus Christ rose from the grave: “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come; see the place where the Lord lay.”Mt. 28:6.
Paul realized that there is that Eternal King that cannot die and yet is invisible: “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the father he hath declared him.” Jn. 1:18.
This invisible God sees all we do on earth whether evil or good at day time or at night time. He sees all: “The eyes of the Lord are in every place beholding the evil and the good.” Prov. 15:3. Here again Paul saw the great magnitude of God’s love for him; he saw the Eternal King in his heart but not face to face.
Paul knew that this God saw all the havoc he has caused: “For I am the least of the Apostles that I am not meet to be called an apostle because I persecuted the church of God.” 1Cor. 1:9. “…. how that beyond measure I persecuted the church and wasted it” Gal. 1:13. Now, are you one of those still persecuting the church? Put a stop to it today and join the church as Paul did.
(4) “…. The only wise God.” 1 Tim.1 17. Paul had come to the end of his wit. He has come to the end of his earthly sense and accorded God ‘The only wise God.’
There are many in our times that prove that they are wiser than God in their hearts and in their speech. They say: “This is how it should have been done” They ask God: “Why did you not do it this way? “ They reason like fools proving that they have a better way of doing it not allowing the only wise God to handle the matter. To their minds Saul (later Paul) ought to have died instantly. Then where would have been Paul to say: “Now unto the King Eternal …. Be honour and glory forever and ever Amen” 1 Tim 1:17.
God has always done great things in our lives, bringing us out of darkness to the marvelous light of Christ.
Some who were stealing before no longer steal; some who committed fornication before never go that way again. Some who committed adultery before never tread that path again. Some who used to rob on the high way never practice that again. Some who used to rig election and falsify the number of votes never go to the midst of such people again.
Some who kidnapped people in the past never in life practice such again. This is done by the only wise God who gave his only begotten Son to the world that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Truly all honour and Glory should be ascribed unto God as we walk with him through Christ “who has called us out of darkness unto his marvelous light.” 1 Pet. 2:9. Let the church brace up, be more resilient and preach more because the King Eternal is still changing lives through his Son Jesus Christ. Let all that we do from now bring honour and glory to God, the King Eternal.