“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” (1 Timothy 1:15)
Some important truths about the Gospel message are given in this most instructive verse. They concern the authenticity of the Gospel, the appeal of the Gospel, the Advocate in the Gospel, the aim of the Gospel, and the accomplishment of the Gospel.
Authenticity of the Gospel. “This is a faithful saying.” The Gospel message is the most reliable, trustworthy, true, and credible message ever given to man. It is not a myth, a fable, or some delusion. It has the greatest testimony of any message. It is not built on the quick sand of twisted interpretation, deception, or ignorance. It is built on the solid foundation of truth. It is indeed “a faithful saying.”
Appeal of the Gospel. “Worthy of all acceptance.” This is the great appeal and urgent invitation to accept the Gospel message. Receiving the Gospel message is practical, intelligent, and soul saving. No wonder Paul said it was “worthy of all acceptance.” You cannot say that about our news media, the cults, and the world’s godless philosophies.
Advocate in the Gospel. “That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” An advocate is one who pleads another’s case before a judge. Scripture says Jesus Christ is our Advocate (1 John 2:1). Our verse speaks of the Advocate’s incarnation (“came into the world”) and His pre-existence (“came”) which says He was God.
Aim of the Gospel. “To save sinners.” The greatest need of man is to be saved. The Gospel message says Christ came into the world to save sinners. His death on Calvary paid the price for our salvation.
Accomplishment of the Gospel. “Of whom I am chief.” The Gospel brought soul salvation to the Apostle Paul who was a great sinner. It is hard to think of another conversion accomplishing so much as this one did. Claiming to be the “chief” of sinners speaks of the great cruelty of Paul’s sin of bloody persecution. The Gospel accomplishes much in saving sinners.