1 Timothy 1:15
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 unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.
This is the sum of the Gospel. Jesus Christ is God: He made the world, and all that therein but we His creatures broke His laws, and rebelled against Him.
He might justly have cast us all into hell, the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone. But, O wondrous love! “God was manifest in the flesh”, was born into the world. For what purpose? To save sinners.
How did He save them? By dying for them upon the Cross, “his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree”, and washing them from their sins in His own blood. Did I ever consider this wonderful love of God? I am a sinner, born in sin, and as such liable to eternal punishment.
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,” even such as I am. Have I ever earnestly entreated Him to save me? Do I believe that I am a miserable sinner? Do I feel it, and lament it? And am I sensible, that unless Christ saves me, I must be a damned soul forever?
Alas, how many never go to Jesus Christ to save them! How many are careless and unconcerned about what Jesus Christ has done for sinners! But do I lay it to heart? Are all my hopes built upon this faithful saying, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”?
O what a comfortable saying it is, that though I am a sinner, the chief of sinners, yet I may be saved from the sins I have committed, and the hell I have deserved, if, under a penitential sense of my wickedness, I look up to Jesus Christ, and trust in Him!
O may the Holy Spirit enable me thus to look unto Jesus. Oh what should I, a poor, wretched, helpless sinner do, if there were no Jesus to save me? How eagerly should I welcome such glad tidings! Surely the message is “worthy of all acceptation,” and ought to be received by all, since all have sinned, and stand in need of being saved; and since all who feel their lost estate, may come to HIM who is able to save them.
O Lord, the Holy Ghost, enable me to believe in the saving of my soul.