Biblical Meditation The Child of Bethlehem Part 5 A Faithful Saying
To read 1Timothy 1:1-17
1Timothy 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.
In the above verse, the words of the apostle Paul are profound as well as forceful. The words are filled with love beyond words. With these words, the apostle is proclaiming the heavenly glad tidings, the Birth of the Child of Bethlehem, Christ Jesus. Christ Jesus Who came to earth to deliver Israel from sin and to seek and save which are lost.
Paul, confesses the faithfulness of Yahweh God in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the Child of Bethlehem. That took some doing because the apostle did in no way intend to follow the road to Bethlehem. On the contrary. What business did Paul then called Saul had on that road that leads to Bethlehem, to the manger?
The words of Paul are not only a testimony of his faith, but also a confession of sin and guilt. Because who was the apostle before he bent his knees before Jesus Christ and accepted Him as his Lord and Saviour. Jesus Christ as a Saviour? Wasn’t he as Saul, persecuting God’s congregation?
The Child of Bethlehem was born in a manger, and He died on the cross. For it was for told by God’s prophets and in the Psalms of David. HE knew what was coming to Him. HE knew what would happen in His life.
Yet, the Messias, the Son came. He had to do the Will of the Father Yahweh. HE, Yahsuah came in the Name of of His Father And yet, it was His own doing as well.
- The Name of the Father, YAHweh, I AM.
- The Son YAHsuah SALVATION.
- I AM SALVATION.
- 22The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
- 23 This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
But what was He looking for? It makes His coming even more difficult to understand. He was not looking for anything to be desired. He was looking for His kindred, that were lost and need His redemption.
The destiny of the Child of Bethlehem was to deliver His kinsmen from transgression. To make the atonement with the Father once again and to bring the two Houses of Israel back together. That is the message of glad tidings when Jesus Christ came into this world as the Child of Bethlehem. And this is as Paul is proclaiming. “A Faithful Saying.” You can count on these words.
The Faithful Saying does give Israel a Stronghold in life these days of the end times. We cannot trust any of the many words that are spoken in this world of deception and half-truths. Not the words the world speaks, but the words of God Yahweh are unerring. We can trust the words beyond the shadow of a doubt. These inerrant words have eternal value.
How did Paul, the apostle, know? He did experience the truth of these words until his death. He was an example of God’s mercy throughout his ministry. Didn’t Christ through the apostle prove His long-suffering? And didn’t Christ put him as an example for his kinsmen who believe on Him for eternal life? The Child of Bethlehem stopped him, Saul the persecutor on the road to Damascus in his tracks, to grant him an abundance of grace.
The manger is filled with grace, full of mercy for those which are lost. For those who just like Paul need and want God’s grace.
We know we are lost. But can we save ourselves? Every effort from us is doomed to fail. But then the Faithful Saying comes to the rescue, with its comfort and peace for the restless soul. The Faithful Saying is worthy to be accepted and to be believed.
The Child of Bethlehem: 5/A Faithful Saying, as well as the following posts mentioned
- 1/ The Highest Prophet
- 2/ The Only High Priest,
- 3/ The Eternal King,
- 4/ The Only Saviour, are under the category Biblical Meditation.