PFOA: Meditations on Christ (1 Tim 1:15)

1 Tim 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" (NIV).

Our Almighty God, who is complete and sufficient, lacking nothing, chose to create this world to reflect His glory and to glorify Him. Our God, who in the three persons of the Trinity has complete and perfect communion, chose to create man in His own image in order that they may have fellowship with Him. But man, deceived by Satan, "be like God", disobeyed God's instructions and fell into sin. His sinful nature is passed to successive generations.

God's Mission then, is to recreate and restore creation to to the perfect state that truly and fully glorifies Hjm. As for mankind, he needs to be rescued from the destruction of sin, redeemed from its condemnation, and reconciled with His creator. This is the purpose for the Incarnation, when God in Jesus Christ came into the world - to save sinners.

Christ Jesus had to come into the world. We will be mistaken if we think that God sent Jesus because the people wouldn't listen to the prophets He had sent earlier; that now God is "pulling out all the stops", "sending in the big guns". All along, the prophets could only warn the people; the judges and kings may have delivered the children of Israel from one or more crises; to save them from one oppressor or another. None of them could save sinners from the consequences of their sin. Only Jesus Christ can save the sinner from the penalty of spiritual death; relieve him from the burden of guilt; deliver him from the propensity to sin; and give him victory in the struggle with his carnal, sinful nature.

Jesus Christ did not just come to save sinners from ... He also saves them to ...

Jesus saves us to eternal life. This is not a life insurance policy, to be activated only when we die. It is not to be treated as a confirmed reservation of a room in heaven; and having made the booking we can continue business as usual. He saves us to be His people now and here on earth. We are a royal priesthood - as children of the King we have the privileges of royalty, direct and intimate access to the King. As priests we are intercessors for one another and for the world, and in turn declaring the word and purpose of God to the world. Living together as a holy nation, we are to demonstrate to the world what kingdom living is like; a community on display to the world, glorifying God in all His attributes (see 1 Peter 2:9).

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - including you, but not you alone. This is what led Him to the cross.