Friday, November 30, 2007

Why Jesus came into the world? (part 6)

"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." (1 Tim. 1:15)

Paul felt the exceeding sinfulness of his sin. He classifies himself as the chief or first or foremost of all sinners. When you stop to look at Paul prior to his conversion you don't see a drunk, or a fornicator. You see a religious man, with strict adherence to the law. Phil. 3:4-6 enumerates some of his character (as an unregenerate man) and frankly he would be called a "good man" according to the standards of his day. (see also Acts 26:4-5) Concerning his morals, he was a straight arrow. But the Lord Jesus Christ changed his life. After realizing what he had done to the Christians, he hangs his head and remembers the persecution, injury and destruction he placed upon men and women of the faith. He then calls himself "chief" of all the sinners in the world that Christ came to die for.

I could think of other Bible characters who are worse than Paul. Who lived a morally wicked life. And yet Paul would say "I am the chief of sinners." We ought to feel the exceeding sinfulness of our sin. We must never by-pass the truth of showing lost sinners the penalty and power of sin, so that when we tell them of the Savior, it will make sense that it is the Good News. We should not compare ourselves with others, rather we ought to feel in our heart how undeserving we are of such great Salvation. God has really done a wonderful work in Salvation, Praise God that Jesus came into the world to save sinners.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Faith Primise Missions Conference 2007 - BREAK -

Yes, folks, I am taking a short break to catch up from the Conference week. Our hearts are stirred and we are moving forward in the area of missions. Pictures and highlights to follow.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Week!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Why Jesus came into the world? (part 5)

"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." (1 Tim. 1:15)

Jesus came into the world to save sinners. The Bible deals with this theme over and over again. Consider these verses:

Matt 20:28 “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Mark 2:17 “When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Luke 19:10For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

This is a glorious truth. Jesus Christ came in order to save sinners. He came in the interest of the wicked, and the vile, the depraved, Hell-bound sinner. He came to call sinners to repentance. Why should any preacher not call sinners to repentance? Many people do not like to think in terms of being a sinner. This is one of the hardest things to convince many people of. Unless a sinner is willing to repent of their sinful and selfish ways, there can be no Salvation. What happens when a sinner repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ? What happens when he receives the Lord as his Savior? Look at one of the most beautiful set of verses ever in the Bible and you will know the answer, if you have not already experienced it.

John 3:16-17For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved