Christ Jesus Came into the World to Save Sinners

1Ti 1:12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 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. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17 To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

1 Timothy 1:12-17 (ESV)

Reading the sermon by John Piper, “Christ Jesus Came into the World to Save Sinners“, I’m struck by the wonderful gift of life.

I think we all too often take for granted our health and the gracious gift of physical life God has given us.

Forgetting to thank Him who created us.

Yet we should be even more thankful for the gift of spiritual life that He offers us.

And all that comes with it.

Especially as it came at such a “price”. (1 Corinthians 6:20)

For our “ransom” (Mark 10:45) was paid for by “the blood of Christ Jesus”. (Romans 5:9)

Now, to be “born again” in Christ (John 3:3 and 1 Peter 1:23) is to enjoy all the “riches” that He has to offer. (Ephesians 1:18)

And before anyone can say that they’re beyond change, beyond saving, beyond redemption, they need only to look at the person of Paul who was “foremost amongst sinners”.

Yet he, even he, was not beyond salvation.

Wow!

Gods grace knows no bounds.

Kim+

prayer : thank you God for the gift of new life that can only come from you

action : pray that I will be given the opportunity to share this knowledge, this hope, my faith with another person today

the problem of false teaching

1Ti 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,

2 To Timothy, my true child in the faith:

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

3 As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, 4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. 5 The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.

8 Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, 11 in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.

1 Timothy 1:1-11 (ESV)

Written to the church in Ephesus, this letter or “pastoral epistle” to Timothy clearly addresses some false teaching that has sprung up in the church.

What’s interesting is that their “discussions” are pointless debates that are of no benefit.

It reminds me of the argument, within the church of the Middle Ages centuries ago, about whether or not Jesus ever laughed.

Nowhere does it actually say in the Bible that He did laugh. So who knows?

But more importantly, what does it matter? Debating it seems to me a useless waste of time that does nothing to build up the body of Christ.

The method of determining the worth of such “discussions” is whether or not they result in love.

This should be the ultimate test for the soundness of all doctrine.

Kim+

prayer : help me to not engage in “vain discussions” but seek to love others as Christ loved us

action : pray regularly that E may come to know Christ