The Savior Of The World
"We have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world."
I John 4:14
The testimony of the Apostles was not the result of some second-hand information. Those things which these men affirmed to be true they had seen for themselves. Having seen the Lord and the purpose of his coming into the world, and having experienced his grace, they were bound to testify concerning him. Like the Apostles, we have seen certain things by the revelation of the Holy Spirit, and we are bound to testify what we have seen.
1. WE HAVE SEEN AND MUST TESTIFY THAT THE WORLD IS SINFUL, GUILTY, AND CURSED.
This world desparately needs a Savior. Read the Word of God. It does not tell you that the world is good and holy, but depraved and evil. "The whole world lieth in wickedness." The flood, the Judgment of Sodom and Gomarrah, and the desolation of Israel, tell us that the world is evil and cursed. The Political World, the Secular World, and the Religious World in the times of our Lord were full of evil, as they are today. (Rom. 1:18-32, 3:10-19)
2. WE HAVE SEEN AND MUST TESTIFY THAT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. (Acts 4:12)
Our Savior was sent by the Father for the express purpose of saving this evil world. The Jews thought that he would save Israel, by becoming a physical monarch, and destroy the world. But Christ came to save the world (John 3:16-18). And he has not failed. Through his incarnation, his righteous life, and his substitutionary death, the Son of God has accomplished the salvation of his people in every part of the world. So that wherever there is found a sinner in the world who believes on Christ, he will not perish but have everlasting life.
3. WE HAVE SEEN AND MUST TESTIFY THAT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAVIOR YOU NEED. (Heb. 7:25)
Christ alone is able to save. And, blessed be his name, Christ is willing to save. If you will trust him, the Son of God can, and he will save you:
Come, ye souls by sin afflicted,
Bow'd with fruitless sorrow down;
By the broken law convicted,
Through the cross behold the crown.
Look to Jesus--,
Mercy flows through Him alone.