The incarnation of the Son of God is the greatest mystery of the Christian religion. No human mind can fully fathom it. The purpose of the incarnation is another precious and amazing wonder. ÒChrist Jesus came into the world to save sinnersÓ (1 Timothy 1:15b).
Paul alluded to this marvellous declaration as a faithful saying. The Christian Church at its beginning state possessed only the Old Testament Scriptures. The New Testament was still in its formative process. At that time various pronouncements summarizing the gospel truth were often publicly expressed and circulated. One of these expressions was, ÒChrist Jesus came into the world to save sinners.Ó The apostle declared this, and certain other statements, to be faithful sayings. Accordingly, these phrases received apostolic sanction and divine authority.
Moreover, this divine statement is worthy of complete and wholehearted reception. Why is this so? Because this declaration with its wondrous blessedness is GodÕs greatest message ever! When God speaks, we are always required to respond in an appropriate manner. However, when God communicates to us, that He sent His Son into the world to save sinners, we ought to realize that we shall not escape if we despise so great a divine salvation!
Many a sinner refuses to bow before God and slights His most profitable and valuable truths. Is it not written, ÒHe came unto His own and His own received Him notÓ (John 1:11)? Others receive Him. ÒTo them gave He power to become the sons of GodÓ (John 1:12b). They Òwere born not of blood, É nor of the will of man, but of GodÓ (John 1:13). How essential is it to realize that divine grace is needed for whole-hearted reception of the message of salvation. This truth, that we need help from Above, should never lead us to neglect the infinite riches of this faithful saying. When troubled by our sinful inability, our urgent plea should ever be, ÒOpen Thou mine eyes, that I may see the wonders of Thy lawÓ (Psalm 119:18).