1 Aug

“It is a trustworthy statement,

deserving full acceptance,

that Christ Jesus came into the world

to save sinners,

among whom I am foremost of all.”

(1 Timothy 1:15 NAS)

Words are important. Words express concepts and ideas. Words are used to share personal accounts or proclaim truth. Words have purpose.

The Apostle Paul carefully chose words to convey his message when writing to his spiritual charge Timothy. He tells Timothy, “Christ Jesus came to save sinners.” A wonderful statement in and of itself, but even more impactful when one unpacks it further.

Paul tells Timothy this statement is deserving of full acceptance, of recognizing its value as truth, of letting it soak into the very core of one’s being. Christ, the Messiah, who was also Jesus, the Savior, came from heaven into the world at a specific moment in time, for the specific purpose of saving sinners – those devoted to sin, people unable to free themselves from its grip without a Savior.

Christ Jesus not only came to save. He saved sinners, Paul declaring himself to be chief among them. Good news for Paul. Good news for Timothy. Good news for a world of sinners who are offered to fully accept this life-changing message, this life-changing Savior.

“But as many as received Him,

to them He gave the right to become children of God,

even to those who believe in His name.”

(John 1:12 NAS)


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