When we think of the phrase the chief of a sinner, we often think of a person who lived in a seedy part of a city or small town where they can not be trusted. For example hookers, drug dealer, or those violate the law. A moralized or legalist would not associate themselves with these people.
However the biblical meaning is a translation of the Greek term protos, meaning “first, leading, or ranking above all others.
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The Apostle Paul wrote, Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God?
God brought Paul to the place where he realized he was the chief of sinners, or as some translate it: “a foremost one among sinners.” If he was not the chief of sinners, then certainly he was in the front rank. Notice that the title “chief of sinners” is not given to a man steeped in idolatry or immorality, but rather to a deeply religious man, one who had been brought up in an orthodox Jewish home! His sin was doctrinal; he did not accept the word of God concerning the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Rejection of the Son of God is the greatest of sins.
Also, it should be noted that he says of whom I am chief—not “was” but am. The godliest saints are often the most conscious of their own sinfulness.
Some of us may have started out like the Pharisee in Jesus’ parable, so profoundly unaware of our sinfulness and need of salvation that we prayed, “I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers” (Luke 18:11, NLT). But, eventually, we ended up like the humble tax collector who “would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’” (Luke 18:13, ESV).
Paul called himself “chief of sinners” because he, like the tax collector, was acutely aware of his sinfulness and understood how much that sinfulness had cost his Savior. This self-identification is the discovery of every person whose eyes have been opened, whose conscience has been awakened, and whose heart has been pricked by the Holy Spirit. It is the humble posture of every believer who acknowledges he is utterly helpless and dependent on God for salvation (Romans 5:6). It is the admission we all must make: “Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the chief.” In short those who follower of Christ
Become aware of theirs sins, and is thankful that. Christ came to redeemed them from Adam and Eve curse.
In 41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. In Luke 7:41-42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?
Note When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both it is a small debt or a large debts. The debts was cancelled
John Gil writes,This is a parable: by “the creditor”, God is meant, to whom men owe their beings, and the preservation of them, and all the mercies of life; and are under obligation to obedience and thankfulness: hence: no man can merit any thing of God, or pay off any old debt, by a new act of obedience, since all is due to him: by the “two debtors” are meant, greater and lesser sinners: all sins are debts, and all sinners are debtors; not debtors to sin, for then it would not be criminal, but lawful to commit sin, and God must be pleased with it, which he is not, and men might promise themselves impunity, which they cannot; but they are debtors to fulfil the law, and in case of failure, are bound to the debt of punishment: and of these debtors and debts, some are greater, and others less; not but that they, are all equally sinners in Adam, and equally guilty and corrupted by his transgression; and the same seeds of sin are in the hearts of all men, and all sin is committed against God, and is a breach of his law. Scriptures declares.For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.
But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Therefore, since we have now been justified [declared free of the guilt of sin] by His blood, [how much more certain is it that] we will be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more certain, having been reconciled, that we will be saved [from the consequences of sin] by His life [that is, we will be saved because Christ lives today].Romans 5:8-10 In short none us are righteous for example a pig is still pig even adorn fine
Clothing. Dr Martin Loyld Jones, It is grace at the beginning, and grace at the end. So that when you and I come to lie upon our death beds, the one thing that should comfort and help and strengthen us there is the thing that helped us in the beginning. Not what we have been, not what we have done, but the Grace of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. The Christian life starts with grace, it must continue with grace, it ends with grace. Grace wondrous grace. By the grace of God I am what I am. Yet not I, but the Grace of God which was with me.”
To those who failed God take courage Jesus still love you and redeemed you set you free from your sins