Remarkable Salvation by Dr. David Jeremiah, Turning Point
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
You have been invited to share your testimony of faith in Christ at an evangelistic meeting. Just before you speak, a man who was a drug dealer and who served prison time for numerous offenses gives his testimony of a glorious conversion to Christ. You were raised in a Christian home and have, compared to the converted drug dealer, a rather “unremarkable” testimony.
But is one testimony of salvation any more remarkable than another? The same apostle who called himself the chief of sinners also wrote that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Paul also wrote that every person who is born again to faith in Christ was “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). Is bringing one dead soul back to life any more remarkable, any more of a miracle, than another? The remarkableness of God’s grace is not that some “serious” sinners are saved but that any sinners are saved.
The focus of salvation is not on what we were, but what we have become and are becoming in Christ.
Ever since God had a church of redeemed sinners on earth, the future of her destiny has been brighter than her past history.
William S. Plumer