Who is the Chief of Sinners?

Hey Everyone,

I just wanted to stop by real quick to wish you all a good weekend. Here is a good quote for you to meditate on while you enjoy your rest and relaxation. It comes from Steven Hein’s book The Christian Life: Cross or Glory?

“The more mature in Christ you become, the less mature you will feel. Growth in Christ brings an increasing awareness of your sinfulness. The peace of God passes this disturbing awareness, but it does not replace it. In other words, you get to debate with the Apostle Paul about who is chief of sinners (I Timothy 1: 15).” – Steven A. Hein

St. Paul
Caravaggio. The Conversion of St. Paul


This biblical line of thinking turns the traditional pop culture description of Christian growth right on its head. The more mature in Christ we become, the less mature we will feel. The closer to the light you get, the more you will see those blemishes in your life. My prayer is that no matter how much we grow in Christ, we can still cry out “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24-25 ESV)

Grace and Peace!


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