Intro – Here is Bill Shade with today’s “Moment from God’s Word”.
There is an interesting phrase found frequently in the epistles of Paul – Paul will say, This is a faithful saying – then he will recite some truth that can strengthen the heart of anyone who counts that truth faithful enough to believe it and to rest his destiny upon it. One such instance is found in 1 Timothy 1:15. Paul writes, This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I (Paul says), am chief.
Last week we discussed briefly that statement found in Romans 3:23, For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. I said at the time, I didn’t much like that statement, but my conscience (as well as my experience) testifies to me that it is true. And what is worse, Scripture goes on to say in Romans 6:23, that, The wages of sin (that is the penalty sin earns) is death – not just physical death but eternal separation from God in a place the Bible calls Hell. But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. That is very good news! God is alive, He will require a penalty for sin, and there is a judgment coming, but He has provided a way to escape.
If I can accept the truth that I am a sinner, and under the judgment of God, then that “Faithful Saying” should give me great comfort. Listen to it again, This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. If that is so, and if you are a sinner, then He came to save you. Why not trust Him to do that right now and tell Him, Lord Jesus, I thank you that you came into the world for the purpose of saving sinners. I am one of those sinners you came to save and I trust you to save me right now. Amen.
Closing – This is Kile Smith. You have been listening to Bible Teacher and author, Dr. Bill Shade, Director of Advanced Studies for Source of Light Ministries International. Our college-recognized, three-year, Bible Institute curriculum is now available online. We invite you to visit us on the Web at advancedbiblicalstudies.net – that’s advancedbiblicalstudies.net and begin a systematic study of God’s Word today.