Faithful Is The Word (Part 1): Gospel Truths

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Turn with me first to 1 Timothy 1:15. As you are turning there, I want to talk about Timothy (A Jew-Gentile believer)and Titus (a Gentile believer).

Timothy was a teenager when he met Paul the Apostle. His father was a Gentile unbeliever (a Greek), but his mother and grandmother were faithful Jews (see Acts 16:1; 2 Timothy 1:5). Timothy and his mother and grandmother heard Paul preach the Gospel of Christ, and they gave their lives to Jesus. Timothy would grow up to work with Paul, and eventually ended up working with the Church in Ephesus. When Paul went to Macedonia, he left Timothy in Ephesus. Paul wrote two letters to Timothy to guide him as he established Churches and served the Lord in Ephesus.

Titus was a Greek who heard Paul preach the Gospel. After Titus was saved, Paul carried Titus to Jerusalem to show the Apostles that God could (and did) save not just Jews, but Gentiles as well. When Paul was released from the Roman Prison, he and Titus went to the island of Crete, and shared the Gospel of Salvation. Paul left Titus in Crete organizing Churches, and wrote to Titus to guide him in his missionary work.

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.

Word Study: Let’s start by looking at the first five words of our text, This is a faithful saying. This is only two words in the Greek, πιστός λόγος, pistos logos, which means “Faithful is the Word”. This phrase is found several times in the books of Timothy and Titus. This is it’s first use.

Our Lord is Faithful To Save Sinners

Our Lord has some fifty names in Scripture. He is:

The Dayspring from on high (Luke 1:78)
The Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:8)
The Amen, the Faithful & True Witness (Revelation 3:14)
The Bread of Heaven (John 6:32)
The Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4)
The Deliverer (Romans 11:26)
Immanuel, God With Us (Matthew 1:23)
The Door Of The Sheep (John 10:7-9)
The Heir of All Things (Hebrews 1:1-2)
The Horn of Salvation (Luke 1:69)
The Light of the World (John 8:12)

One of the earliest descriptive names of our God is FAITHFUL:

Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God

Our God is FAITHFUL. Our God is Father, Son, and Spirit. Our God is The Word. Remember those wonderful words:

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Faithful is THE WORD! Oh, this Jesus, this Eternal Son of God, of Whom the Scripture says …

Colossians 1:17 {Jesus} is before all things, and by him all things consist.

This Jesus, this Eternal God the Son, this FAITHFUL GOD was given to us by the Father.

This FAITHFUL WORD was born in a manger, the lowest place, so He could reach the lowest person.

This FAITHFUL WORD is described by the Prophet:

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Preach This!: Faithful is the Word! Faithful is our Jesus. What was His mission. For what did He come to this earth for? To heal the sick? To raise the dead? To teach us of God? Yes, all these things. But His primary target, His number one mission is this.

1 Timothy 1:15 {FAITHFUL is the WORD} … that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…

Here is why Jesus came – His first reason. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”. Christ Jesus came to save sinners from their sin. He came to draw as many as would come to Him from Satan’s devilish grasp, and into the Kingdom of God. Jesus came to save sinners from their sin! He said:

John 12:44-46 .. He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. 45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. 46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

Jesus – God’s Eternal Son – came to this earth representing the will of God the Father. Faithful is the Word! Jesus Christ came to save sinners from their sin! The great Pastor and Preacher C.H. Spurgeon noted:

Pardon and mercy are not for innocent people, they are for the guilty. If you have never sinned, well then, you need not listen to me. Jesus came to save sinners without any other qualification. Christ Jesus came to save HARDENED sinners, for He softens the heart. He came to save AGGRAVATED sinners, for He breaks the iron sinew of the neck and subdues the stubborn will. With sinners He sat at meat; with sinners He lived; with sinners He died. He made His grave with the wicked;He entered Paradise with a thief. Sin is a CURSED thing. God has NEVER BLESSED SIN, and He never will do so. Wherever sin reigns, the power to do good dies out. If Jesus does not save sinners, then His entire mission was a failure. Christ Jesus came to save sinners!” (The Gospel in a Single Verse)

Illustrate: The devil has always been the master of twisting truth. He twisted it in the Garden of Eden, and twists it today. In our America, we “celebrate” sexual sin. We have “Pride” marches on sexual sin. We advertise sin on the television as normal, just the way a person is. “You do you” is the catch phrase. A “husband” and a “wife” can be two women or two men, or a person and an animal, if you so desire. It is quite sophisticated to say so. In our America, we glamorize vengeance and murder. We say that such things are normal, that we should be able to torture the torturer, to “get them back”. We hoot and holler, loving the look of it on the screen of our phones or televisions. There is no sin anymore. Only what we feel.

Faithful is the Word”. God’s Word is true, and accurate, and right. No Christian should ever endorse as right anything that God has called “abomination” (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:24-32) or “vile”. When we normalize sin, we destroy society. Consider if a law passed in our land that legalized theft as normal. Suppose every business were required to post a sign on the front door that says,

Theft and shoplifting is NOT prosecuted, but considered normal – just the way you were born. Please help yourself.”

How long would that business stay alive? Not long, a daresay. Sin is destructive. A copperhead and a rattlesnake are poisonous, no matter how you feel. Sin is wrong, and counter to all civility. God knows this, and loves you enough to tell you. Jesus said:

John 3:17 God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Faithful is the Word! Jesus Christ “came into the world”, sent from the Father, sent through a virgin, made of the Holy Spirit of God. Jesus Christ is the “seed of the woman” prophesied in Genesis 3:15. Christ the Creator and Director of Creation stepped onto the stage He made. He enter history with His Story. Jesus Christ came to save sinners.

That the world MIGHT be saved.

Why “might”? Because some of you think, “I am not a sinner. I am a moral person, a clean living sort”. If that is your attitude, Jesus did not come for you. Jesus says to you:

Luke 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Mark 2:17 … They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Jesus came to save sinners in their pollution, to take us from our pollution. Jesus sat eating with sinners. Jesus welcomed sinners where ever He was. He did not tell the leper to cleanse himself before coming. The leper came, and “knelt before Jesus, saying, ‘Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean’”. Jesus told that dear man, “I am willing”, and touching the unclean man Jesus said, “You are clean!” (Matthew 8:1-3). Jesus is willing to cleanse the sinner, the broken. Will you come to Him?

I have heard it said that “The Church is filled with hypocrites and people, many of whom, are worse than I am”. I say, “Praise God for it!”. If you are a sinner, you are in a good place this morning. Those who stay away from Church because sinners are here are as foolish as those who stay away from the hospital because “there’s sick people there”!

The truth is, regardless as to how you FEEL, the Bible says ALL are sinners. “Faithful is the Word”. Hear what God says:

Romans 3:23 all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God

Romans 3:12 … there is NONE that doeth good, NO, NOT ONE!

Jesus came into the world for sinners, just like WE ALL ARE. If you are a sinner, you are in the best place you can be. To the Pharisees among us, I remind you that the one whom God used to write this text, the Apostle Paul, was once a Sinning, Slaughtering Saul! As Paul He writes:

1 Timothy 1:15 … Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Before the Apostle met Jesus, the Sinner ran up and down the Damascus Road, looking for Christians to kill. Our Lord Jesus has a great sense of humor. He often saves the absolute worst sinners (like I am), and humbling them brings them into a place of service.

Once Jesus made Sinning Saul into the Apostle Paul, he wrote:

1 Timothy 1:12-14 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

Paul was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious. He blasphemed God by pretending righteousness while killing his brother. He was a persecutor of the Church, hurting many Christians in his activities. Paul perhaps had believers murdered for their faith. His eyes now opened, he said I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. Grace changes a life. When Jesus saves, He saves the soul, and corrects the body.

A saved person does not continue in their sin. The Abortionist, the Adulterer, the Bigot, the Blasphemer, the Hater, the Homosexual, the Thief, the Murderer – whatever you were it becomes BEFORE. The saved are new creations in Christ.

Salvation begins by repentance. Repentance is when you realize you are a sinner in need of the one and only Savior, Jesus Christ.

The devil may be whispering to you that you need not repent, but this is a lie. The message of the Gospel is to repent and believe, to turn to Jesus as your Savior and Lord. Once the Holy Spirit comes and opens your life to the Gospel, you no longer see yourself as “doing ok”. No, you, like Paul, are chief of sinners. The Apostle Paul was at one time as self righteous as YOU are. He went about capturing and killing Christians at the behest of the Sanhedrin. But then Saul met Christ on the Damascus Road, and Saul turned into Paul. Even as an Apostle, Paul says “I am the chief of sinners”.

If Paul is chief, then I often wonder if I am not in second place. The self righteous never see themselves as sinners, but as perfect beings in comparison with others. But the Christ Converted, those who have met the Holy Spirit and seen the Savior on Calvary, they wonder why does God love us so? We see our flaws daily, and chafe at them. Like the Apostle said in:

Romans 7:21-25 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

No Christian wants to sin. We know how much Jesus paid for our sins. But when we struggle and fall short, we cry out to Jesus once more. Repenting, we cling to this faithful saying:

1 Timothy 1:15 … Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Our Lord Is Saving Changes SAULS To PAULS:
We Are To Listen ONLY To The Faithful Word!

Turn a few chapters over to …

1 Timothy 4:9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.

Word Study:In 1 Timothy 1:15 we read This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation”. Here we have the exact same phrase in 1 Timothy 4:9, pistos logos, which means “Faithful is the Word”.

God’s Word is faithful, but man’s word is not. In our world today there is the unprecedented spread of evil, spread liberally by technology. Now, I’m not against technology. I love technology. I program my own computers with the Linux Operating System, because – to me – Bill Gates and Microsoft are greedy for money. I use the internet to study and research Scripture. There are amazing resources available freely to those willing to use them, resources that used to cost hundreds of dollars to access. Praise God for the internet. Praise God for technology. But Beloved, you need to know that Satan himself uses the same devises to evil.

Satan and the fallen world has always used God’s good gifts for evil, and always will!

Faithful is the Word”. What does God tell us? Read with me:

1 Timothy 4:1-2 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

The Apostle characterizes the teachings of the fallen world – teachings that have crept into many local Churches – as seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. The seducing spirits is the Greek plános pneuma, literally a “wandering spirit, a vagabond spirit, deceiving spirit”. There is the “Spirit of God” (Exodus 31:3; 35:31) and “the spirit of this age” (Ephesians 2:1-3; Revelation 12:9). There is the Doctrine of God’s Word (“Faithful is the Word”) and the doctrines of devils. A recent article in the Devotional “Our Daily Bread” noted:

Jesus intends for us to live in the world (John 17:15), so worldly influence is nearly impossible to escape. But He’s given us His Word to so permeate our thinking that we don’t have to become conformed to the world’s values (Romans 12:1-2). Instead, God helps us walk in His light (Ephesians 5:8), in the Spirit (Galatians 5:25), in love (Ephesians 5:2), in truth (3 John 4), and in Christ (Colossians 2:6). As we walk in God’s power and spend time in His Word, He gives us the strength to live according to kingdom values and not the spirit of the age.”

The “spirit of this world” stands against what God says is normal, and normalizes the evil. God designed marriage to be one man and one woman for one lifetime. The spirit of this world – a spirit of disobedience – forbids Biblical marriage

1 Timothy 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

Our standard as God’s people is to ask ourselves, “Does God’s Word support and affirm what I believe is true?”. The spirit of this world – driven by Satan – came to a hungry Jesus in the wilderness, saying:

Matthew 4:3 … If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

How did Jesus respond to the Tempter? He replied:

Matthew 4:4 … Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Many “professing” Christians today spend much time on the Internet, on Social Media, and in front of a television or phone screen, but little time in God’s Scripture. The spirit of this age invades pulpits. Andy Stanley, professing pastor, posted to his social media, “The Christian faith doesn’t rise and fall on the accuracy of 66 ancient documents (a reference to the Bible). It rises and falls on the identity of a single individual: Jesus of Nazareth”. This is nonsense. Our Lord Jesus said:

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me.

Our Lord Jesus cherished the Scriptures. He sat down with His disciples and taught them the Bible. We read:

Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, {Jesus} expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself.

The Scriptures – this Bible – teach us the way to salvation. The Scriptures teach us how God wants us to think. “Faithful is the Word”. Jesus said, everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled” (Luke 24:44). Jesus chastised those who professed to be saved but were not, saying, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29). It is the sacred writings of the Bible that are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:15). It is the Bible that makes a Christian mature, able to deal with the horrors that this life can throw at you.

If you are saved, then “Faithful is the Word”. Beloved,

1 Timothy 4:7 … refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. 8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

You who are saved by faith in Christ Jesus (for “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”) are to love and live by the same Scriptures that our Jesus loves and lives by. Though we no longer sacrifice animals on an altar, we are nonetheless called to …

Romans 12:1-2 … present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

It is valuable to attend Church services, to hear the sermons, the Bible teaching, the Sunday School and Training Union classes. But you must also spend time in the Word of God yourselves if you are to grow spiritually. You must actually HEAR the Word, then DO what you have been told. God has given to each Christian

2 Peter 1:3 … all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue

Godliness is actually devotion to God IN ACTION.

We are to walk with God on a daily basis, seeking to be pleasing to Him in our lives. Godliness is not just a warm fuzzy good feeling. It is like Enoch, who walked with God, pleasing Him (Hebrews 11:5). Let us walk with God, pleasing Him.

The Scripture that saves us is the Scripture we live our lives by. Choose to serve the Lord Jesus.

I close with this warning and promise our Lord gave use:

Matthew 7:24-27 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Choose blessing. Choose to walk with Jesus. May God the Holy Spirit apply this faithful Word to our hearts today. May many bed saved by it’s preaching. For Christ sake, I pray. Amen and Amen.

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A searching Pastor, I am looking for a people who love the Lord and love one another. Daily I pray for the Church. Most of what the world sees today is not the Church, but clubs pretending to be the Church. God is calling to Himself a people willing to be righteous, not self righteous, serving not served. I am called to pastor God's people, those who want to change the world by willingly and willfully following Jesus Christ. Only God is able to change the world, and we must follow His Christ. He is able! Praise His Name! Come quickly Lord Jesus!
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