Do you ever question your salvation? Do you ever think to yourself, I have committed too many sins to be saved? Maybe there is that one sin you committed long ago that you feel was so bad that you cannot be forgiven.
So, what would you say if I asked you; do you believe that the Apostle Paul was saved and now living in the presence of God? I will go ahead and answer that question for you with a resounding yes! Of course he was saved and he now resides in heaven with Christ. Now look what Paul writes to Timothy in the above mentioned verse. “Christ came to save the sinners” -and I am the worst of them all”. Paul calls himself the worst sinner of them all and yet there is no doubt that he now lives in the presence of Jesus Christ.
Before Paul’s conversion to Christianity, he relentlessly persecuted the Christians. Paul was present when Stephen, who was the first Christian martyr , was stoned to death. Paul agreed with the stoning and death of Stephen and held the coats of those who stoned him. After Stephens death, Paul went on a crusade to find and capture all the Christians. At Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus, Jesus asked Paul “Why are you persecuting me”? Imagine Jesus asking you “Why are you persecuting me”? After this meeting with Jesus, Paul repented of his sins and accepted Jesus Christ as his savior. Paul then spent the rest of his life preaching the word of God to all the people. He wrote thirteen of the twenty seven books of the new testament and was later martyred for his faith in Jesus.
Paul shows us that any sinner can be saved and receive eternal life. He was the sinner of sinners and yet he repented and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior. A man who persecuted christians and agreed with their death’s is now an example to us all that we can have assurance with our salvation.
16 But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. (1 Timothy 1:16)
The bible only speaks of one sin that is not forgivable.
31 “So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven—except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, either in this world or in the world to come. (Matthew 12 31-32)
Jesus can not forgive you if you do not believe in him and ask for his forgiveness. If you surrender your heart to him and repent of your sins, he will forgive you.
Verse of the day:
10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” (Luke 19:10)
Challenge of the day:
Todays challenge is to take those sins that are weighing you down and take them to the Lord in prayer. Ask Jesus to help you let them ago and forget about them. God forgives your sins when you ask him and he forgets about them so why shouldn’t you?
12 And I will forgive their wickedness,and I will never again remember their sins.” (Hebrews 8:12)