“Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.”
King James Version (KJV)
1:16 For this cause God showed me mercy, that all his longsuffering might be shown, and that none might hereafter despair.
1Ti 1:16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy. One cause of his obtaining mercy was that in him Christ might show how long-suffering he is. He forgave, saved and blessed the bitter enemy. A pattern. An example for all believers to follow.