Minister's Musings

Would you like to know who I personally believe to be the worst sinner in all of Cimarron County? Well I will tell you, near the end of this article. First, I want to examine a verse of scripture. I Timothy 1:15 says, “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ came into the world to save sinners of whom I am the worst.”

Some might consider the writer, the Apostle Paul, to suffer from a poor self-image. On the contrary, Paul knew exactly what he was saying. The book of Acts records facts about Paul before his conversion, when he was known as Saul. Saul's sins included blasphemy against God and persecuting the church. We also know that Saul kept the coats of the individuals who stoned Stephen to death. Stephen, one of the first deacons, was murdered because he was preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Acts 8:1 reads, “And Saul was there, giving approval to his death.”

Paul knew exactly who he was: a sinner whose sin helped to put Jesus on the cross. Paul had a realistic view of himself, knowing that he had sinned against God and that he as an individual was accountable to God for the sins he had committed. See if Adam and Eve had been the only ones ever to live on earth, Jesus would have still died on the cross because they had sinned. If Paul had been the only one to ever live he also would have sinned and Christ would have died for him.

Saying that, I believe if I, Jay E. Sparks, would have been the only one to ever live, that I would have sinned and Christ would have died for me. I know my sins.

And yes, I personally believe that I am the worst sinner in all of Cimarron County. Don't worry about my self-image; I know exactly who I am: a sinner, whose sin helped to put Jesus on the cross. I am a sinner saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus.

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