THE SAVIOUR OF MANKIND
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11) KJV.
God created man in His image and likeness, so man was perfect and in good standing with God. Sin was not found in man, hence there was no need for man to be saved. The Garden of Eden where man was placed was paradise defined, a place of perfect bliss. However, when man fell by eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, man became lost, he sold his position to the devil and man was slated for judgment and condemnation as seen in the holy book in Romans 5:18 which states thus, “Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification in life.”
Adam the first man who fell brought upon himself and the entire human race, the hanging judgment of God. Man was expelled from the garden of bliss; from the very presence of God and the ground was cursed for Adam such that he had to till the ground in hard labor before gaining the proceeds of his work (Gen.3:17). The devil became the god of the world due to the high treason that was committed. Man gave his place to the devil and man paid dearly for it.
The transgression of Adam was passed to all men and men became sinners, hence it is written, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom.3:23). All men automatically became sinners by reason of Adam’s transgression (Rom.5:12). The generations born after Adam were born sinners and mankind had to live with this dent in their image which was the image of God.
The generations that preceded and lived in the time of Noah frustrated God that God regretted He had created man; they were so sinful and did abominable things in the sight of God (Gen.6:5-7). God’s option was to wipe out that abominable race with a flood; so as to do away with that sinful generation and a new generation began with Noah. Even at that, the sin issue was not fully dealt with because man had the nature of sin inherited from Adam; so other generations that even came out of Noah were still born in sin and we see the extent to which this gangrene called ‘sin’ went in that rebellion against God was on the increase in that men began to seek to build a city and a tower outside of God’s jurisdiction; outside of God’s confines which was outright rebellion against God (Genesis 11:1-5).
It is believed Nimrod was the instigator of this rebellion as he was described in the scriptures as a mighty hunter before the LORD (Gen.10:9). The rendering “before” the LORD… isn’t exactly fitting for the description of Nimrod. The proper rendering is “against” the LORD as seen in the original Hebrew text. So he was such a one who was against the Lord. The beginning of his kingdom was Babel… So we see Nimrod was the leader of the rebels who were trying to build a system outside of God. This was the trend in all generations. The devil had succeeded in introducing sin to mankind through Adam and man was totally lost.
But all through the history of mankind, there were men who chose the path of God, and who despite the decay and corruption still loved God. They allowed themselves to be subject to the will of God and He enabled them meet up with His standards. Men like David who God called a man after His heart (Acts 13:22). Daniel was one of such men. Joseph refused to sleep with Potiphar’s wife (Read Gen. 39-40). However, despite their righteousness, it was still considered filthy rags (Isa.64:6) because the righteousness they exhibited was of the law.
This was the kind of righteousness described by the apostle Paul as seen in Philippians 3:9 AMP, “And that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law’s demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired)…” so we can see that their righteousness was self-achieved and not the righteousness that comes through faith in Christ. Evidently, even these men needed to be saved.
As seen earlier, man had disobeyed God and fallen from the state of dependence on God. Man had lost communion with God. The relationship was broken. Man had lost his authority over all of creation and over the earth. The nature of sin was planted in man. Man lost the function of fellowship with God. These and more were results of the fall of man. God missed these fellowship and most especially He needed to deal with the root of the matter, which was the adamic nature all men had inherited.
There was need for a remedy, a restoration of man back to his original state and God in His omniscience who doesn’t get caught unawares had prepared a remedy from the foundation of the world, even the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world (See John 1:29; Revelation 13:8). And that Lamb is Jesus. The sin problem men man had been struggling with now had a solution in Christ. Salvation through Christ was the remedy for the sin problem (Matthew 1:21). He came to save us from our sins. And when it was time for grace to be manifested, Jesus came with that grace and saved us (John 1:17; Eph.2:5, 8) for the following reasons:
- Man had fallen short of the glory of God because we had all sinned, hence we needed a savior (Rom.3:23).
- Man had become an enemy to God and there was need for reconciliation and restoration of the friendship man had with God (Rom.5:10; 2 Cor. 5:18-19).
- We lost our authority after Adam committed treason by selling his authority to the devil but Jesus who is the last Adam (1 Cor.15:45) restored to us that authority by displacing the devil and taking back that authority from him and giving to us (Matthew 28:18; Matthew 10:1; Mark 6:7).
- God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son (John 3:16). God’s salvation plan was borne out of love for His creation. God commended His love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8). We live by the faith of the son of God, who loved us and gave Himself for us (Galatians 2:20). Ephesians 1:4 states thus, “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.”
- God designed salvation in Christ to cause men to be restored to their original image, which is God’s image. Since Christ is the image of God and we have received Him into us, we have automatically been restored to God’s image (Heb.1:3).
- God desires that we become partakers in His kingdom, hence our salvation. We were born again to gain entrance into that kingdom (John 3:3, 5). Hebrews 12:28, “Wherefore receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”
- God desires that we spend eternity with Him by becoming partakers of His divine and eternal nature; 2 Peter 1:4, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
- God saved us because he is the God of grace. He saved us by His grace not because of any good works we did (Eph. 2:5, 8).
WHAT JESUS SAVED US FROM
Jesus, who is our salvation, saved us from the following:
- SIN: Sin was the major reason for the separation of man from God and Jesus came to save us from our sins. He took upon Himself the sin of all men (John 1:29; Matt. 1:21).
- THE WORLD: The world in this context refers to the satanic system of things upon earth. The ruling and control of the devil in this age is what Jesus saved us from (John 15:19; 2 Pet.1:4; 2 Pet.2:20).
- SATAN: Jesus saved us from the power of the devil (Heb.2:14; 1 John 3:8). He destroyed the power of the devil over believers.
- HELL: Hell or Hades is the destination of those who die sinners but Jesus came to save us from that domain just like He couldn’t remain there after He visited there to deal with the devil (Acts 2:27)
- JUDGMENT: Judgment was to be the lot of all men but Jesus saved us (Rom.5:18; 1 John 4:17; 1 Thessalonians 4:10).