“This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them.” 1 Timothy 1:15 (CSB)
Christ will save anyone who confesses that he is a sinner and that he needs to be saved. Any sinner who truly confesses and repents of his sin. No matter how terrible the sin, if the person will confess and turn from his sin, Christ will save him. Why? Because Christ Jesus came to save sinners. This was His very purpose for coming into the world.
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”. This is a faithful saying. It is a true message that can be trusted, and this glorious message is worthy of everyone accepting it. Not a single person should reject or ignore the message.
“But I received mercy for this reason, so that in me, the worst of them, Christ Jesus might demonstrate his extraordinary patience as an example to those who would believe in him for eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:16 (CSB)
Christ Jesus saved Paul as a pattern of His great mercy. Very simply, Paul is the prime example that any sinner, no matter how terrible his sin, can be saved—if he will only receive Christ and begin to follow Him day by day.
He is also an example that any believer can be delivered from sin and from the power of sin, no matter how strong the enslavement is—if he will only receive the power of Christ and follow Him with a renewed commitment.
“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Timothy 1:17 (CSB)
Christ is to be praised. Thinking of the glorious salvation that Christ had given him led Paul to break forth into praise.
He provides for us a great doxology:
⇒ God is “the King eternal”: the word eternal is literally ages. God is the King, the sovereign majesty of the ages, both this age and the age to come.
⇒ God is immortal: that is, incorruptible. He has no seed of corruption, no seed of aging, deterioration, or decay within His being. God cannot die. He alone has immortality (1 Tim. 6:16).
⇒ God is invisible: that is, He cannot be seen by people, not with physical eyes in the physical dimension or world.
⇒ God is the only wise God: that is, he is the only living and true God, the only God who actually possesses intelligence and wisdom, who can truthfully interact with the world and save men.
Anyone who knows anything of the sovereignty of God can be thankful that Christ Jesus came to save sinners just like us. And that through His coming provided us with great mercy, as great sinners, who needed a great savior. And now may we lift up our voices and give praise to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God. AMEN!