1 Timothy 1:15 KJV
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.
1 Timothy 1:15 YLT
stedfast is the word, and of all acceptation worthy, that Christ Jesus came to the world to save sinners -- first of whom I am;
1 Timothy 1:15 BSB
This is a trustworthy saying, worthy of full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst.
Given the huge disparity in how this verse has been interpreted and translated, what is the most significant impact these differences have in understanding "the gospel of the grace of God" that Paul testified to?
In light of that question, what is the greater truth that Paul most likely intended to communicate with this statement? Was his salvation in some way significantly different than anyone else before him? Or on a much broader scale, what difference does it really make whether or not he thought his own sin was greater (or worse) than anyone else before him (say, for example, Judas Iscariot)? After all, all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
To clarify the difference between this question and what some think has already been asked or answered previously, please note that this question seeks answers addressing whether (or not) it is Paul's salvation that is intended to be a new and unique pattern of salvation for the Gentile nations (rather than merely an example of God's ability to save), as both the message and/or the method (i.e., the sequence of events) appear to be different for the Gentile nations than it was for the nation of Israel. John preached a message of "repent and be baptised," as did Peter and the other apostles (who admittedly, were entirely focused on the nation of Israel.) However, I do not see this with Paul, nor in the message he preached.