Hi to all , I know that all will not agree with my premise , but I will show proof for my premise . All can check and see what the Greek PROTOS means ! In 1 Tim 1:15 , Faithful (is) the Word and worthy of all reception , that Christ came into the world to save sinners , of whom I am FIRST/PROTOS . And 1 Tim 1:16 , But for this reason I was given mercy , in order that in ME FIRST/PROTOS , Christ Jesus might show forth all longsuffering for a PATTERN of the ones coming to believe on Him unto everlasting life . The Greek word translated " chief " is PROTOS , meaning FIRST , and in a seconary sense " chief " when speaking of RANK or DIGNITY , which is not the case here . What this passage is teaching , is that Paul was the FIRST one to be SAVED in this Dispensation of Grace , and the FIRST member of the Assembly , the Body of Christ . Reading v16 , Paul was a PATTERN of those following him , that would be saved and the Nation of Israel is NOT in view here at all .