1jo 04v14 The Savior of The World




I John 4:14

The Apostle John gives us an infallible declaration of our Savior's purpose for coming into the world. "We have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world." Our Lord Jesus Christ left us a marvelous example of faithfulness, love, humility, and patience. But our Lord had a far more important reason for coming into the world than that of being a moral example for us to follow. The purpose of the incarnation is the salvation of sinners. "The Father sent the Son to be THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD." "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief" (I Tim. 1:15). Three things are clear.


THIS WORLD IS SINFUL, GUILTY, AND CURSED. This the true character of the world and all who are in it. "The whole world lieth in wickedness" (I John 5: 19). When John says that Christ is the Savior of the world, he is simply telling us that the grace of God is not limited to the nation of Israel alone. God sent his Son to save men and women out of the fallen mass of humanity, Gentiles as well as Jews. Christ came to save guilty sinners (John 3:14-18).


THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. No one less than God himself could suffice to save us. But when God the Son enters into the world in human flesh to save fallen men, we are sure that the incarnate God cannot fail. "He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment (righteousness) in the earth" (Isa. 42:4). Christ was sent by the Father, because he volunteered to come, into the world to save sinners, by establishing righteousness and accomplishing redemption through his obedience as the sinner's Substitute.


 JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAVIOR YOU NEED. You have no hope of salvation apart from Christ. You are guilty, helpless, perishing in sin. No one but Christ can save you. Christ alone is an all-sufficient Savior for sinners. His righteousness is all the righteousness you need. His blood is all the ransom God requires.