Article - Faithful Sayings of a Christian
As the Apostle Paul writes to the young evangelist Timothy, he reminds him of several faithful Christian sayings that he must never forget. These sayings are designed to encourage Christians never to forget where they came from and where they are going. Notice what these statements are.
“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief” (1 Timothy 1:15). The Christian must never forget that Christ came to save all sinners (Luke 19:10). However, on a more personal lever the Christian must remember that Christ came to save me—a chief of sinners (Romans 3:23; Ezekiel 18:4; Isaiah 59:1-2).
“ This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:9-10). Christians must never forget that they will have to suffer for the cause of Christ (2 Timothy 3:12). However, Christians can rejoice knowing even if they suffer and die for Christ they are blessed (Revelation 14:13, 2:10).
“This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him. If we endure, we shall also reign with Him” (2 Timothy 2:11). Christians must remember that if they die to self and sin, they can live for God and with God eternally (Romans 6:1-4; 6:23). They best life a person can ever live is the Christian life (John 10:10). Truly, the Christian life is the only life that will result in Heaven as its home (John 14:1-6).
“This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men” (Titus 3:8). Christian are to be a light to the world (Matthew 5:16). As a Christian, Paul wanted to remind Timothy and each Christian today that we must never grow stagnant in our Christian life, but rather continue to maintain good works (Revelation 2:4). May God help each one of us to be faithful unto death so that we may receive the crown of life (Revelation 2:10).
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