“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.)
In all of my studies, I believe this is one of the most instructive verses on the wonderful salvation that is available to all. It is called the “gospel” or “good news”. The angels called it “glad tidings”.
“This is a faithful saying…”
The gospel is the most reliable, trustworthy, and true message. You cannot say that about anything else you read in today’s society. People tend to add a “spin” to get their desired response. The gospel is no fable or dilution. It is indeed faithful and trustworthy to every generation.
“Worthy of all acceptance…”
Paul said it was “worthy of all acceptance.” You cannot say that about our news media and the world’s godless philosophies of the day. Receiving the gospel message is the only logical, intelligent response one can give to it.
“That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…”
An advocate is one who pleads another’s case before a judge. The Scripture says Jesus Christ is our Advocate (1 John 2:1). Our verse speaks of this very time of the year when Jesus came, was born in a manger, to become the propitiation for our sins. Not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world.
“To save sinners…”
The greatest need of man is to be saved. The gospel message says Christ came into the world to save sinners. His death on Calvary paid the price for our salvation.
“Of whom I am chief…”
The writer then gives us a clear testimony of his salvation. He does not use a lot of gory details, but suffices to say – I am the supreme of sinners. If there was a picture under the definition of sinner, Paul was saying his mug shot would be there.
During this season, can you join me in searching out people to give your testimony? This faithful, worthy message of good news is what changes the “Sauls” of this world to “Pauls”! It is the only hope left in America. It has always been the only hope. Merry Christmas and remember the reason why it can be merry – because of Christ!