Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Apostle Paul and the Lone Ranger's Horse

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. (1 Timothy 1:15-16 NIV'84)

N. T. Wright comments that when we first meet Silver in the Lone Ranger series, he is unbroken and untamed, wilful and wild.  Tonto suggests that no one can tame a horse like that.  But the Lone Ranger is not put off, and "by secret means he calls the animal to be his, and the horse responds and gives him a lifetime of service."

Then Wright writes,

"From the moment when the Lone Ranger shows that he can tame the untameable horse and make it into his servant, and even in a measure his friend, the viewer knows that he will be able to conquer all other obstacles in his path as well.  He has already taken the hardest case, and the easy ones will now be--well, easy.  And that is precisely the point Paul is making when he talks of what God had done in his life.  God has taken the wildest, most violent of blaspheming persecutors, and has transformed him into not only a believer but also a trusted apostle and evangelist.  If God can do that, there is nobody out there, no heart so hard, no anger so bitter, that it remains outside the reach of God's patient mercy."

--Tom Wright, Paul for Everyone: The Pastoral Letters 12

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