To Save Sinners

"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

Sometimes truth appears in a form that is so simple and beautiful that it takes your breath away.  You're reading through a passage of Scripture and you just stop, for no other reason than the simple beauty of a verse.  It's like when you're working out in the yard and all of a sudden you look up and notice that the horizon is in flames as the sun sets in the western sky.  You don't just say, "That's pretty neat," and get back to work.  You stop, lean on your shovel, and take it all in.  That's the only sensible thing to do.  Those who choose not to are either too busy for their own good or too soul-less for it to make a difference.

1 Timothy 1:15 defies exegesis.  It almost scoffs at word studies and grammatical observations and hermeneutical methods.  It says, "Just look at me."  Yes, there are verbs to parse and historical contexts to point out and soteriological motifs to highlight, but at the end of the day, it is the simple truth of this verse that makes it so lovely.

"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."

This is a precious reality that is reliable, immovable, and able to be leaned upon; this truth deserves our full, strong, desperate, and happy embrace: that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, even (and especially) the worst of the worst.  There's something to be happy about.  There's something to wake up in the morning for.  There's something to shout from rooftops and share in living rooms.

There are things that are more important and there are things that are less important.  And there are things that are most important.  1 Timothy 1:15 is most important.  That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners is the most precious thing a sinner could ever hear.


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