“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.” 1 Timothy 1:15 ESV
On hearing this, Jesus told them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
So the Pharisees and scribes began to grumble: “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Verse 15. – Faithful is the saying for this is a faithful saying, A.V. Faithful is the saying (πιστὸς ὁ λόγος). This formula is peculiar to the pastoral Epistles (1 Timothy 3:1; 1 Timothy 4:9; 2 Timothy 2:11; Titus 3:8), and seems to indicate that there were a number of pithy sayings, maxims, portions of hymns or of catechetical teaching, current in the Church, and possibly originating in the inspired sayings of the Church prophets, to which the apostle appeals, and to which he gives his sanction. The one appealed to here would be simply, “Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.”
Gill’s Comments. And if a prophetic command or admonition, then surely: such an evangelical doctrine, as follows, is entitled to this character,that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; Christ came into the world, being sent by his Father, but not against his will, but with his free consent: he came voluntarily in the fullness of time into this sinful world, where he was ill treated; and this was not by local motion, or change of place, but by assumption of nature; and the end of it was, that he might be the Saviour of lost sinners, as all men are, both by Adam’s sin, and their own transgressions; though he came not to save all, for then all would be saved, whereas they are not; and if he came to save them, he must have then so far lost his end; but he came to save sinners, of all sorts, even notorious sinners, the worst and chief of sinners: and the apostle instances in himself.
Pithy sayings are good for us, especially ones like this that Paul highlights. This is the most elementary truth where it all begins in regard to the New testament and the Gospel. Its easy to skim across this and take it for granted or neglect its power.
For salvation to happen, remorse and repentance are critical. We must truly feel and know to our core that we are sinners. It’s not fair that Adam and Eve’s transgressions have been passed down from one generation to the next, much like a long string of dominos we all fall. But was it fair that were we even born? Or fair, that by one great man, God in incarnate, we may all be saved by His mighty work?
Our shame and guilt is legit but doesn’t have to control and rule us. This is the glory of Jesus that the lost do not know nor comprehend. If this is foreign to you, start reading the Bible like the book of John, with all your heart soul, mind and strength and God will NOT disappoint. That is HIS promise, His guarantee.
Creator of all, we trust your mercy and grace is sufficient. Enlighten and keep bright our souls. I want to be on fire for YOU!