“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” (1 Timothy 1:15)

Jesus was the promised Messiah, the incarnated Son of God, and the Savior of the world. We are the sinners, those who need saving.

This teaching is not just the starting line for faith. It would be better to call it faith’s foundation. In a race, the starting line is quickly left behind, but no building ever leaves its foundation!

This Scripture reveals the essential truth about Jesus’ identity and ours. When we tire of this teaching, we wander off the path of faith–and this is dangerous! It is a terrible thing to forget that Jesus is the Savior and that we are sinners who need saving.

How can we know when our full acceptance of this teaching is eroding?

First, when our worship — personal or corporate— is weak, it’s because we have begun to lose our awe and reverence for Jesus. Second, we stop seeing Jesus as our Savior when we don’t believe we need saving. This destructive seed is pride; as it grows, so does our independence and division from God.

Let us renew our devotion every day: Jesus saves sinners!

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