“Jesus Came into the World to Save Sinners”

September 9, 2018

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The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Timothy 1:15: “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” (ESV) Saul was a terrorist before he became an apostle. Two faces to the same worthless coin are as follows: Trying to earn eternal salvation by keeping the Law–laboring to earn your salvation by good works–believing deep down that if your good deeds exceed your bad deeds when you die, you’ll go to heaven. The other side of that coin is the notion that you’ve given some cerebral nod to Jesus even though deep down nothing has changed. You prayed some prayer, knelt at some altar, went to church for awhile, and maybe even have a Bible on your nightstand. But you merely believe like the demons do and there’s zero evidence outwardly that rebirth has taken place inwardly. Genuine faith, however, transforms. James MacDonald said: “If my faith hasn’t changed me, it hasn’t saved me.” John Piper echoes: “Salvation is owned by faith. Salvation is shown by deeds.” In 1 Timothy 1:16-17 Paul continues: “But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost (sinner), Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (ESV) Paul sounds like a man who’s truly been saved! How about you?

Bible References

  • 1 Timothy 1:8 - 17
  • Galatians 2:15 - 16
  • Romans 7:7 - 12