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Jesus is the Savior
Jesus Christ is called “our Savior” (2 Timothy 1:8-10). Paul said
that “Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy
1:15). It is vitally important that we understand Jesus Christ is the
Savior.
Let’s define the word “savior.” Renn’s Expository Dictionary states
that a savior is “one who saves, delivers, or rescues.” What is implied
in a savior being sent, is that there is someone, or a group needing
saving, or rescuing.
Who is it that sent the Savior? God raised up the Savior through
David’s descendants (Acts 13:22-26). Angels told the shepherds of
the birth of the Savior (Luke 2:11). Simeon saw the salvation of
the Lord when he saw Jesus (Luke 2:29-32). The Bible very clearly
reveals that God the Father sent Jesus.
Why was the Savior sent to this world? Jesus was sent for the
forgiveness sins (Acts 5:31), to give hope (1 Timothy 1:1), to bring
life and immortality to life through the Gospel (2 Timothy 1:10), to
redeem us and purify us (Titus 2:13-14), and to justify us through
His grace (Titus 3:6-7).
Who needs the Savior? The Bible tells us that all, Jew and Gentile,
have sinned (Romans 3:23). God sent Jesus because He loved the
world and so that the world might be saved through Jesus (John
3:16-17). God does not want anyone to be lost but desires that all
come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). The murderers, blasphemers, and
persecutors need a Savior – like Saul (Acts 9), and the morally good
people need a Savior – like Cornelius (Acts 10). If Paul could be
saved after all he had done, then you can be too! If Cornelius needed
to be saved, even though he was a good person, then you also need
to be saved!
How should we respond to the Savior? We need to understand that
only Jesus can save us (Acts 4:12; John 14:6). We also must realize
that before we obey the Gospel, we are the slave of sin (Romans
6:16). When we put our old man of sin to death, we are freed from
sin (Romans 6:6-7). It by being united to the death of Christ in
immersion and being raised to walk in newness of life, that we put
our old man of sin to death (Romans 6:3-4). This is precisely what
the 3,000 did on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2), what the Ethiopian
Eunuch did (Acts 8), and what Cornelius did (Acts 10). Once we
have been freed from sin, we are to serve righteousness and set our
affections on things above (Colossians 3:1-3).
“The salvation of souls is a means to the glorifying of God because
only saved souls can duly glorify Him” – C.S. Lewis, The Weight of
Glory. The Bible tells us that God is glorified in the church (Ephesians 3:21), which is the body of people that the Lord will save
(Ephesians 5:23). The Lord adds us to His church when we obey the
Gospel (Acts 2:47). We all need Jesus Christ as our Savior - will you
submit to Him, and obey the Gospel? In doing this, you are accepting the salvation He is offering.
By Jameson Steward

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