Jesus came to save sinners

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12I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 13though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15The 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 1:12-15

 

Here is a trustworthy saying: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.

 

Paul talks plainly about his life before receiving God’s grace through Jesus. He describes the hardness of his life: in speech, in relationship to the Church, and in general towards people he did not agree with.

 

He says he was the “chief of sinners.”

 

I think Paul is encouraging Timothy to not count anyone out as beyond the reach of Jesus.

 

Jesus came to save sinners, no matter how dramatic and spectacular their speech, violence, and intransigence.

 

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