1 Timothy 1:15 “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”
Mainstream media today has mastered the art of selling their truth from their viewpoint. The company you work for desires that you are on board with the product you are promoting, producing, and marketing. Religion does a masterful job at spinning what it wants you to hear how it wants you to hear, and just how to become what they say you should become.
We learn very quickly that things are not always as they seem. It is all a matter of the place from where you stand, what you see, and how you interpret what you see.
Biblical Christianity stands on the fact that with your Bible on your lap, you can trust the Holy Spirit’s leading in your life as you hear the truth taught and preached to you. Knowing God and knowing the Bible go hand in hand. You will never excel in either relationship without the other.
The apostle Paul reveals to us a truth that took time for him to grasp. As that truth took hold and became ingrained in his life, he embraced it wholeheartedly. He saw sin as the line of demarcation in his life. Sin separated him from God. Sin separated family, friends, churches, and most importantly his relationship with his God.
He meditated on the cause and effect of sin. After further examination, we may very well come to the same conclusion as he did – that he was the chiefest of sinners.
A persecutor of Christians, we saw one of the vilest of enemies become one God’s greatest allies.
Saul, who later became Paul, was zealous of the law for having studied it in great depth. His teacher, Gamaliel, was said to be at the top of his field in his day. To be under the tutelage of Warren Buffet for finance, Mark Levin for constitutional law, or Chuck Harding for American Biblical history; we would be in awe of their ability to speak so eloquently, quote so quickly and contend so sharply for the truths on which they stand.
Every child of God has the very same Teacher – the Holy Spirit. Class is in session every day. We have a seat reserved for us in a classroom that travels at the very speed we need to learn what has been tailor-made for every individual.
The doctrine is constant and consistent throughout the ages. Its application is so varied and personal, that what it may be for one, can be different for another. The beauty and elegance of the Bible’s language draw us closer.
No one has ever drowned in its depths. No one has yet to discover its heights. Its breadth and scope of application to our life is beyond human comprehension.
But as we all see things from a particular viewpoint, we must return to our fulcrum; our center of truth. When the Bible is our sole repository for truth, and the Holy Spirit’s presence to be our witness to that truth, we can agree when it may seem we had been at significant odds previously.
The human element in any conversation, discussion, and relationship is the most volatile variable. The opportunity for pride, selfishness, and covetousness to override the truth will always be there as long as man abides in the fleshly tabernacle.
We must trust the Word of God to be the spectacles through which we view all things.
God’s Word is settled. It is eternal.
Psalm 119:89 “LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”
God’s Word is preserved for us throughout the ages.
Psalm 12:6-7 “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”
Our enemy longs to entangle us in the mire of ignorance. When you and I do not engage in the battlefield for our mind, Satan subtly influences us to believe a lie about our God.
“God couldn’t love someone like me.”
“God doesn’t care about me.”
These and so many other lies of the devil, become the stronghold (belief system based upon a lie) that keeps us from the freedom purchased for us in Christ Jesus.
Paul saw himself as the chiefest of sinners because he saw his sin as exceeding sinful. He saw that it was his sin that nailed Jesus to that cross. He saw any further sins he committed just added to that weight.
If we saw tangibly how our actions would hurt another, would we do what do? Would we say what we say so flippantly?
Let me leave you with this one thought.
We all know that the Bible tells us that we are sinners.
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
Once trusting Christ and now saved, I am a saint of God.
Romans 1:7 “To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Here is the truth:
If we are a sinner by what we do, why don’t we instead define ourselves by who we are in Jesus Christ – a saint who sometimes sins? That way, my position in Christ can minister in the times when I fail God; to bring me back into fellowship and not give place to the devil by agreeing with his lies about my sin removing me from His grace, mercy, love, and favor?
We must fight the lies with truth.
And sometimes, it is all just a matter of where you are standing.