"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." - 1 Tim. i, 15.
Hearken, my soul, to the proclamation from heaven! Is this the faithful
saying of a faithful God? Surely, then, thou mayest well regard it, for
it is for thy life. And if it be worthy of all acceptation, it must be
eminently so of thine; for thou hast been a transgressor from the womb.
But did Jesus indeed come to save sinners? Yes, so the proclamation
runs. Sinners, enemies to God. Jesus, it is said, "received gifts for
the rebellious, that the Lord God might dwell among them;" and with
that tenderness which distinguished his character, he said himself,
that he "came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
Well, then, my soul, up on this warrant of the faithful word of a
faithful God, wilt thou not so fully rely as to believe unto salvation?
If any inquiries arise contrary to this belief, let this be thine
answer: - Christ came to save sinners; that is enough for me; for I am
one. God's salvation is said to be for enemies; that is my name by
nature. Jesus received gifts for the rebellious; to this character I
plead also guilty. If men or devils would endeavour to work unbelief in
my heart, this is my answer: - Christ came to save sinners." Let those
that never felt sin, and consequently know not the need of a Saviour,
stay and argue the point as they may; my souls eternal welfare is
concerned, and I will not lose a moment to close with the heavenly
proposal. Lord Jesus, thou waitest to be gracious! The faithful saying
of my God I accept on my bended knees. It is indeed worthy of all
acceptation, and above all, of mine. Here while upon earth will I
proclaim thy praise; and in heaven, the loudest of all voices must be
mine, that Christ came to save Sinners, of whom I am chief."