“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.” (1 Timothy 1:15–16, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Paul had good reason to believe he was “the worst” of sinners, for in a previous verse (v.13) he listed some of his offenses (“blasphemer and a persecutor [of Christians] and a violent man“). If you need any evidence that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, you need look no further than Paul. And this should be an encouragement to anyone that believes they are beyond saving. For if God can save the “worst of sinners” He can certainly save you and me, or anyone “who would believe on him and receive eternal life.“
My Advice – Typically, it is not a good thing to be made an example. In Paul’s case it was good, not only for him, but for all who might think that they are the worst. And that includes you. If you are among those who believe they are beyond the grace of God, think again. If Paul could be saved, so can you. This “is a trustworthy [able to be relied on] saying that deserves full [complete] acceptance.” Why not accept Christ now?
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