Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. (I TIM 1:15)
What a powerful passage of God’s word.
The vast majority of so-called “christians” will read that verse and it goes right over their heads.
Even “ministers” don’t get it.
I was at a pot-luck dinner for an evangelical church group some years ago… and I pointed this verse out to the pastor of that group.
He was totally stumped?
I said to him…
Did Christ Jesus come into the world to TRY to save sinners, or to SAVE them?
Did Christ Jesus come into the world to MAKE A DEAL with sinners, or to SAVE THEM?
Did Christ Jesus come into the world or OFFER SALVATION or to SAVE them?
Did Christ Jesus SAVE SINNERS or did he FAIL TO SAVE SINNERS?
And what about the very worst of sinners? Does He save them too? Apparently YES. ‘Cause Paul clearly says he was the “worst of sinners.” (at the end of I TIM 1:15)
So, what Christ Jesus came to do is not even hindered by the ‘worst of sinners’.
What does this word SAVE mean?
I’m sure it can be argued that SALVATION has a beginning, a process, and a culmination.
But just from this verse alone, we can say that salvation is something good between Christ Jesus and sinners.
You tend to “save” things that are valuable to you. So, sinners must be valuable to God.
That’s why He saves them.
I TIMOTHY, CHAPTER ONE, VERSE…
15 Faithful is the saying, and worthy of all welcome, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, foremost of whom am I.