Harmony Baptist Herald Number 2, Summer 2005
This truth is plainly stated by the apostle Paul in 1 Timothy chapter one verse 15, which says;
“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”
Jesus Himself said, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:31
He also said; “For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which is lost.” Luke 19:10
The angel Gabriel proclaimed:
“. . . thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.”
Is He your Saviour? Did Jesus come to save you? Or to ask this another way; “Are you a sinner?” I am not asking, if you have done some things wrong.
If you are one who says, “I’m not a wicked person. I am not as bad as others.” If this is your attitude, I would remind you that Jesus did not come to “call the righteous.” He can not become your Saviour unless you confess yourself as a lost sinner.
Let me suggest several thoughts from this wonderful text of Holy Scripture which says; “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”
We will divide our thoughts under two headings.
I. What it says about Jesus Christ.
II. And what it says about us.
I. What it says about Jesus Christ.
A. It implies His pre-existence. If He came, He must have had existence somewhere prior to this. Indeed the Bible clearly teaches us that He is the eternal God, Creator of Heaven and Earth. The prophet Micah speaking of our Lord Jesus concerning His taking upon Him the form of a man in the manger of Bethlehem says; “. . . whose goings forth have been from old, from everlasting.” Jesus Himself said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” Thus claiming for Himself eternal existence alike with His Father.
B. Secondly we notice that the Son of God was not forced against His will to save sinners. Indeed the humility and sacrifice of our Lord is held up for our example in Philippians 2:5-9 which says: “. . Christ Jesus : Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: [Because He is God.] But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
The Son of God not only willingly greatly humbled Himself to become a man, but He also gladly suffered death on the cross for sinners. Praise the name of Jesus!
C. The third thing I would like to point out is the grace of God. Jesus came for sinners, not the righteous. God sent His Son by free, sovereign grace. The gift of God’s Son is undeserved, and cannot not be earned. Jesus Christ is called “THE GIFT OF GOD.” The apostle John says, “. . That God hath given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son hath not life.”
No wonder we love to sing that wonderful song, “AMAZING GRACE , How sweet the sound that saved a retch like me.” How great and marvelous is God’s grace towards sinners. We deserve nothing but wrath and judgment, yet He loved us and sent His Only Begotten Son to be our Savior.
II. What the text says about men.
A. We need a Savior. We are described as “sinners.” What does the Bible mean by this unpopular word? A sinner is one who has transgressed God’s Holy Law. The Word of God is very clear in teaching that we are born sinners. That is, we sin because we are sinners and not the other way around. Why does a bird fly or a fish swim? It is their nature. Why do you and I do sinful things? It is our nature. Do any of us have to teach our children to lie, or be selfish? No, to sin is their nature, as it is yours and mine.
David said, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” The Bible also says, “There is none righteous, no not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. . . For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Because of our sin we are under the wrath and just condemnation of a holy God. “For the wages of sin is death” says the Bible. The Lord Himself said that those who do not believe on Him are “condemned already.” Due to our rebellion against God we are under the curse of the broken Law and the sentence of death. In fact we are already “dead in trespasses and sins” and will on Judgment Day be “. . cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” Oh, how we needed a Savior! Truly we can confess the truth stated by the apostle Paul which says that when we were without Christ, we had no hope, and were without God. [See Eph. 2:12] B. Not only do we need a Savior because we are sinners, but because we cannot save ourselves. Notice the verses above describe “sinners” as “DEAD.” The dead cannot do anything to help themselves. Dead sinners need the power of God to intervene and quicken them to life. Recall the verse above which says, “. . That God hath given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life;” The Savior Himself said; “The hour is coming, and NOW IS, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. He that heareth . . . hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”
Jesus Christ can give life because He is the Son of God who gave his life and shed His blood on the cross for sinners. “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” says the Word of God. Every sinner who comes to Him in faith repenting of their sin, He will save. That is what our text says, “This is a faithful saying, . . that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”
Good works will not avail. Prayer will not save you. Baptism cannot wash away your sin, nor save you from God’s wrath. “The Church” is powerless to save. If any of these could have availed to save, then Christ came in vain. Indeed we are saved by the grace and power of God and “not of yourselves, . .it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.” No one will ever enter the gate of God’s Heaven, who does not enter as a sinner saved by the grace of God in Christ.
Jesus died to save sinners. Those who confess themselves as guilty law breakers before a holy God are recipients of God’s grace, which revealed this to them.. He saves everyone who knows that they deserve to suffer the torments of Hell, and come to Him in faith. Does this sound like you? A guilty sinner, who is justly condemned by God, the righteous Judge.
If, by God’s grace you can say; “Yes, that’s me. I am a sinner. I deserve to be cast into Hell.” Then I have good news for you. Jesus Christ came and died on the cross for sinners. Trust Him. Turn from your sin and place all of your faith and hope in Him who died for sinners. For “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”