BY: Pastor Bob Miller
CHAPTER READ: 1 Timothy 1
SCRIPTURE SELECTED: 1 Timothy 1: 15-17
15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Paul doesn’t want those who read these words to object and begin to argue with him about how great a guy he is and so he says: “This is a trustworthy saying and it deserves full acceptance. Jesus Christ came to save sinners -of whom I am the worst! And he goes on to say that in him, the worst of sinners, Christ displayed his immense patience and mercy as an example to others who will believe and receive eternal life. This truth, if we really see ourselves in it, will issue into the exhortation: “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever! Amen.
Jesus came into the world to save sinners! The question we must ask ourselves is: “Did He come for me?” Jesus came because we could not save ourselves, but we must never come to the place where we forget what Jesus came to do for “me”! The wonder of it all should cause us to live with praise and adoration on our lips flowing from the depth of our heart which says: “As the chief of sinners I’ve received mercy!”
You have redeemed me and brought me to yourself! You forgave my sins and placed Your Spirit in my heart! You are even now saving me and working out your salvation in my life. To You, Oh God, belongs all honor and glory ever and ever, Amen!