1 Timothy 1:15-17
Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
It was for this purpose that he was born.
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 immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.
1 Timothy 1:15-16
Paul, who was writing this letter to Timothy, wasn’t exaggerating too much when he said that he was the worst of sinners. Prior to his conversion, he had been deliberately seeking out those who proclaimed Jesus as Lord, and arresting them or killing them. It wasn’t so much that he just killed random people – he was actively targeting those who followed Jesus as King.
Yet he was shown mercy.
From our perspective, it makes little sense. Why should Paul be allowed to go to heaven with all those who had never killed anyone – with everyone who was ‘just a nice person’?
But the criteria for getting to enjoy eternal life with God are simple – be righteous and be holy.
Since humanity as a race is doomed under the Fall, we can only be saved by accepting Jesus’ sacrifice for us. By accepting his righteous, and his holiness as our own.
How can we use our lives to show how Jesus is Lord?
Today, SHARE two things;
- Share how the gospel changed your life. Tell your family or friends (or a stranger!) about the difference it made, giving God control of the reins and letting him guide you.
- Share the need of the gospel. Remind fellow Christians how important it is that we prioritise proclaiming Christ over other worldly duties. That it is our duty and responsibility to go to all nations – literally and metaphorically.