stedfast is the word, and of all acceptation worthy, that Christ Jesus came to the world to save sinners -- first of whom I am;
1 Timothy 1:15 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - This is one of the most glorious truths in the book of God; the most important that ever reached the human ear, or can be entertained by the heart of man. All men are sinners; and as such condemned, justly condemned, to eternal death. Christ Jesus became incarnate, suffered, and died to redeem them; and, by his grace and Spirit, saves them from their sins. This saying or doctrine he calls, first, a faithful or true saying; πιστος ὁ λογος, it is a doctrine that may be credited, without the slightest doubt or hesitation; God himself has spoken it; and the death of Christ and the mission of the Holy Ghost, sealing pardon on the souls of all who believe, have confirmed and established the truth.
Secondly, it is worthy of all acceptation; as all need it, it is worthy of being received by all. It is designed for the whole human race, for all that are sinners is applicable to all, because all are sinners; and may be received by all, being put within every man's reach, and brought to every man's ear and bosom, either by the letter of the word, or, where that revelation is not yet come, by the power of the Divine Spirit, the true light from Christ that lightens every man that cometh into the world. From this also it is evident that the death of Christ, and all its eternally saving effects, were designed for every man.
Of whom I am chief - Ὡν πρωτος ειμι εγω. Confounding Paul the apostle, in the fullness of his faith and love, with Saul of Tarsus, in his ignorance, unbelief, and persecuting rage, we are in the habit of saying: "This is a hyperbolical expression, arguing the height of the apostle's modesty and humility and must not be taken according to the letter." I see it not in this light; I take it not with abatement; it is strictly and literally true: take the whole of the apostle's conduct, previously to his conversion, into consideration, and was there a greater sinner converted to God from the incarnation to his own time? Not one; he was the chief; and, keeping his blasphemy, persecution, and contumely in view, he asserts: Of all that the Lord Jesus came into the world to save, and of all that he had saved to that time, I am chief. And who, however humble now, and however flagitious before, could have contested the points with him? He was what he has said, and as he has said it. And it is very probable that the apostle refers to those in whom the grace and mercy of God were, at the first promulgation of the Gospel, manifested: and comparing himself with all these he could with propriety say, ὡν πρωτος ειμι, of whom I am the first; the first who, from a blasphemer, persecutor (and might we not add murderer? see the part he took in the martyrdom of Stephen), became a preacher of that Gospel which I had persecuted. And hence, keeping this idea strictly in view, he immediately adds: Howbeit, for this cause I obtained mercy; that in me First, πρωτῳ, Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for a pattern To Them which should Hereafter, των μελλοντων believe on him to life everlasting. And this great display of the pardoning mercy of God, granted in so singular a manner, at the very first promulgation of the Gospel, was most proper to be produced as a pattern for the encouragement of all penitent sinners to the end of time. If Jesus Christ, with whom there can be no respect of persons, saved Saul of Tarsus, no sinner need despair.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
1 Timothy 1:19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
1 Timothy 3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desires a good work.
1 Timothy 4:9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
2 Timothy 2:11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
Titus 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that you affirm constantly...
Revelation 21:5 And he that sat on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said to me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Revelation 22:6 And he said to me, These sayings are faithful and true...
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
John 3:16,17,36 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish...
Acts 11:1,18 And the apostles and brothers that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God...
1 John 5:11 And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Matthew 9:13 But go you and learn what that means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous...
Matthew 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he said to them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick...
Luke 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
John 1:29 The next day John sees Jesus coming to him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.
John 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
Acts 3:26 To you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
Romans 3:24-26 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus...
Romans 5:6,8-10 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly...
Hebrews 7:25 Why he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come to God by him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them.
1 John 3:5,8 And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin...
1 John 4:9,10 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world...
Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for you were slain...
1 Timothy 1:13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
Job 42:6 Why I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
Ezekiel 16:63 That you may remember, and be confounded, and never open your mouth any more because of your shame...
Ezekiel 36:31,32 Then shall you remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good...
1 Corinthians 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given...
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