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1 Timothy 1:15
Here is the lifeblood of church and christian
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#thegospel
#thetrustworthymessage
Published February 26th, 2016; Updated February 28th, 2016
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The heart of the Gospel message must be the heart that pumps life into our lives and our ministries even as Paul's life exemplifies
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πιστὸς ὁ λόγος καὶ πάσης ἀποδοχῆς ἄξιος,
ὅτι Χριστὸς Ἰησοῦς ἦλθεν
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εἰς τὸν κόσμον
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ἁμαρτωλοὺς σῶσαι,
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ὧν πρῶτός εἰμι ἐγώ.
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πιστὸς ὁ λόγος καὶ πάσης ἀποδοχῆς ἄξιος, ὅτι Χριστὸς Ἰησοῦς ἦλθεν εἰς τὸν κόσμον ἁμαρτωλοὺς σῶσαι, ὧν πρῶτός εἰμι ἐγώ.
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πιστὸς ὁ λόγος καὶ πάσης ἀποδοχῆς ἄξιος,
This message is trustworthy and worthy of full acceptance,
ὅτι Χριστὸς Ἰησοῦς ἦλθεν
that Christ Jesus came
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ἁμαρτωλοὺς σῶσαι,
in order to save sinners !
ὧν πρῶτός εἰμι ἐγώ.
among whom I am the foremost!
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“This message is trustworthy and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – among whom I am the foremost!” – 1 Tim 1:15 Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners . Here is the simple but profound message that must be at the center all that we are and all that we do as ministers of the gospel. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners . This message is life. By God’s gracious, merciful, and sovereign hand, may we continue on in this message. May our lives and marriages and families and churches be defined by it. May it be the balm for our wounds and the light of the dawn that bursts forth and shatters the deep darkness of our longest nights. May it give us hope in the brutal trenches of ministry. May it fuel the fire of a lifetime of joy-filled worship. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I want to note a few things. 1) Paul tells us two things about this message: It’s trustworthy. In other words, we can bank on the truth of this message. Why? Because this message doesn’t come from a mere man – man whose words and life are naught but dust in the wind. No, this message is “the glorious gospel of the blessed God” (1 Tim 1:11). This is the message that the Eternal King (1 Tim 1:17) and Sovereign Savior (1 Tim 1:1) entrusted to Paul (1 Tim 1:11). The message is trustworthy because it’s God’s message. Second, this is a message is worthy of only one response: full acceptance. The only worthy response is to embrace this message down to the very depths of our being so that it inhabits and governs and defines all that we are and all that we do. 2) Paul tells us the message – and what a message it is! Χριστ ὸ ς Ἰ ησο ῦ ς ἦ λθεν ε ἰ ς τ ὸ ν κ ό σμον ἁ μαρτωλο ὺ ς σ ῶ σαι Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners The words are so, so simple but so full of significance. First, Paul sets our eyes on the subject: Christ Jesus. There is no room for confusion or doubts about the agent of salvation. Christ Jesus is the one who came to save sinners. Second, Paul proclaims the Christ’s mission and purpose. Jesus was sent by the Father into the world with a purpose and mission. Jesus didn’t stumble into the cross. Circumstances and forces outside his control didn’t force him to the cross. No! He came with intentionality and mission and purpose. He came from heaven to the world that hated him. As the hymn says, “From heaven He came and sought her.” Now, what was the purpose of his coming? Oh what a wondrous answer Paul gives to that question! He came for the purpose of saving sinners ! Once again Paul draws our eyes to a particular word: sinners. Not only did Jesus come to save, He came to save sinners . He came to save rebels and enemies. He came to save those dead set against him. Christ Jesus came to save “lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers” (1 Tim 1:9 NIV). He came to save sinners from our enslavement to sin and death. He came to save sinners from God’s righteous wrath upon law-breakers (1 Tim 1:7-9) by giving Himself as a ransom (1 Tim 2:6), by bringing us into God’s household, and now by serving as our mediator (1 Tim 2:5). He came to save us for eternal life as His people ! Oh the wonder and beauty of God’s gracious mercy towards us sinners! 3) Paul holds up his own life as an example of the glory and beauty and wonder and power of this message Lest we think this message is best left in the realm of the theoretical, Paul sets forth his own life as a flesh and blood example of the gospel’s power and wonder. Christ Jesus came to save sinners like Paul. Paul – the blasphemer, persecutor, and rebel (1 Tim 1:13) – was shown mercy by God. The Lord’s grace abundantly abounded to Paul the sinner (1 Tim 1:14). Strikingly, Paul says, “ ὧν πρῶτός εἰμι ἐγώ” (among whom [sinners] I am the foremost) and so holds up his own life as the ultimate example of Jesus’s patience and the power, effectualness, and wonder of God’s saving work through Christ (1 Tim 16). Carefully note the antecedent to the relative pronoun – Χριστ ὸ ς Ἰ ησο ῦ ς ἦ λθεν ε ἰ ς τ ὸ ν κ ό σμον ἁ μαρτωλο ὺ ς σ ῶ σαι, ὧ ν πρ ῶ τ ό ς ε ἰ μι ἐ γ ώ . Paul isn’t just identifying as foremost among ἁ μαρτωλο ὺ ς (sinners). No, he’s identifying himself as foremost among that group of sinners that Christ Jesus came to save . Central to Paul’s identity is that he is a sinner saved by the torrent of God’s grace in Christ. Paul’s former identity as a sinner (1 Tim 1:13) magnifies God’s merciful act to give him a new identity: a sinner saved by Jesus ! Paul calls us not only to proclaim that “Christ Jesus came to save sinners” but to proclaim that “we are sinners, and Christ Jesus came to save us ! ” Pharisees see only others in the list of sinners in 1 Timothy 1:9. Christians see themselves and marvel at God’s wondrous mercy and amazing grace. So not only does he demonstrate the Gospel’s power, he imbues every minister of the true Gospel with the hope, power, endurance, and patience needed to keep proclaiming the Gospel in difficult and seemingly impossible ministry situations. Other messages that promise salvation (like those in 1 Tim 1:3-4) lead to mere speculation and wasted effort. This message leads to life ! So when opponents and enemies arise, remember Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners! When the world comes with other messages that promise salvation, remember Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners! When ministry seems fruitless and impossible, remember Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners! When our marriages are breaking under the weight of entrenched stubbornness and sin, remember Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners! When our children or parents or friends seem immovably set on a path towards destruction, remember Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners! When we struggle in our war with sin and Satan’s accusations are ringing in our ears, remember with profound hope and joy Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners!
Bibliography
Entrusted with the Gospel edited by Andreas J. Kostenberger and Terry L. Wilder, Chapter Five "The Sovereign Savior of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus" by Greg A. Couser The Pastoral Epistles by George W. Knight III from NIGTC series " 1 Timothy" by Robert W. Yarbrough in the Zondervan NIV StudyBible edited by D.A. Carson
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