1:12-17 The apostle knew that he would justly have perished, if the Lord had been extreme to mark what was amiss; and also if his grace and mercy had not been abundant to him when dead in sin, working faith and love to Christ in his heart. This is a faithful saying; these are true and faithful words, which may be depended on, That the Son of God came into the world, willingly and purposely to save sinners. No man, with Paul's example before him, can question the love and power of Christ to save him, if he really desires to trust in him as the Son of God, who once died on the cross, and now reigns upon the throne of glory, to save all that come to God through him. Let us then admire and praise the grace of God our Saviour; and ascribe to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, three Persons in the unity of the Godhead, the glory of all done in, by, and for us.
14. And—Greek, "But." Not only so (was mercy shown me), but
the grace—by which "I obtained mercy" (1Ti 1:13).
was exceeding abundant—Greek, "superabounded." Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound" (Ro 5:20).
with faith—accompanied with faith, the opposite of "unbelief" (1Ti 1:13).
love—in contrast to "a blasphemer, persecutor, and injurious."
which is in Christ—as its element and home [Alford]: here as its source whence it flows to us.