A FAITHFUL SAYING
“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief”- 1 Timothy 1:15
Though we have heard of those who have claimed perfection, who have lived above sin all of their lives, we prefer Paul’s faithful saying: Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of all the things that Paul has written, the Christian can identify with these words for every genuine Christian has been made to feel this way. By these words, Paul claimed to be the worst of Christians. His life was marred by the grossest of errors: he put Christians to death. I am sure as he penned these words, his mind went back to the faithful families he tore apart, dragging the father or mother into the inquisition and using the civil magistrates to put them to death. Perhaps his mind was upon Stephen, a man that he had stoned that he now called brother. Surely, were it not for our Lord’s mercy and grace, Paul would never have experienced the change that made him confess that he was the chief of sinners. This is the testimony of a saved person. We want to look for people like this, we want them to come to our churches, we want to see them change. Paul was a Pharisee when he was doing his dirty work and he claimed perfection, feeling he had lived up to all the demands of the law. When he met Jesus all of his righteousness became dung. The gospel is for sinners. Though it reproves us of our sins, it reveals a mighty Savior who fulfilled the law, who loves us, who died for us and who is seated at the right hand of the Father making daily intercession for us with groanings which the mortal tongue can not utter. Paul did not use his faithful saying as an excuse to sin or to keep sinning. It was a confession of his soul. We believe that every born again person, who has truly found Jesus in their life, has experienced this faithful saying. They, too, have felt to be the chief of sinners. They have looked upon perfect Jesus, they have walked up the hill of Golgotha and they have surveyed the wondrous cross. They have examined their sacrifice, bleeding and dying for them. They have wondered about the love of God, how it could be so rich and so free and wept over their sins that cause Him so much pain. They have cried out for mercy and forgiveness and found it flowing freely from the wounds of Christ, in the blood that paid the full price of their redemption. The hope of eternal glory is not found in creature works, but in Christ Jesus who came into the world to save sinners!