I am the foremost sinner (1 Tim. 1:15)

“This saying is sure

And worthy

Of full acceptance,

That Christ Jesus

Came into the world

To save sinners.

I am the foremost

Of these sinners.”

πιστὸς ὁ λόγος καὶ πάσης ἀποδοχῆς ἄξιος, ὅτι Χριστὸς Ἰησοῦς ἦλθεν εἰς τὸν κόσμον ἁμαρτωλοὺς σῶσαι· ὧν πρῶτός εἰμι ἐγώ·

Paul said, “This saying (ὁ λόγος) is sure (πιστὸς) and worthy (ἄξιος) of full (καὶ πάσης) acceptance (ἀποδοχῆς), that Christ Jesus (ὅτι Χριστὸς Ἰησοῦς) came (ἦλθεν) into the world (εἰς τὸν κόσμον) to save (σῶσαι) sinners (ἁμαρτωλοὺς).  I am the foremost (ὧν πρῶτός εἰμι ἐγώ) of these sinners.”  Only this letter to Timothy used this unique word ἀποδοχῆς, that means acceptance, approval, appreciation, or approbation.  Paul explained that the saying that Jesus Christ came into this world to save sinners was a correct saying, worthy of full acceptance and belief.  This was a major tenet of the teaching of Jesus Christ and his disciple, the apostle Paul.  However, Paul was quick to point out that he was the first or a major one of these sinners that Jesus came to save.  Paul believed that Jesus came to save him, a sinner like the rest of the other human sinners.  Do you believe that you are a saved sinner?

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