A Study of Matthew 1:21
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
Our only hope of salvation is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Salvation is in Christ alone, in Christ completely, and in Christ only.
In fact, He is God’s salvation (Luke 2:30). You cannot be saved without Him; and you cannot be saved if you try to mix your own works, feelings, emotions, or experiences with faith in Him. The Lord Jesus Christ is able to save you from the guilt of sin, the power of sin, and all the consequences of sin (Hebrews 7:25). He is all-sufficient.
His name is called “Jesus” because “he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
He is the only one who has power in Himself to forgive sin (Matthew 9:6).
He is exalted “to give repentance and remission of sins” to the Israel of God (Luke 24:47; Acts 5:31). The Lord God found a ransom for sinners in his own dear Son (Job 33:24), and purposed to save His people by the sacrificial death of His Son as their Substitute from eternity (Acts 2:23).
In the fullness of time, the Son of God became a man to accomplish the salvation of chosen sinners (Galatians 4:4-5).
“Being found in fashion as a man, he became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Thus, by the sacrifice of Himself according to the will of God, the Lord Jesus Christ put away all the sins of His people, obtained eternal redemption for them, and established the only grounds upon which God can be both just and the Justifier of all who believe (Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 9:12, Hebrews 9:26; Hebrews 10:1-14; Romans 3:24-26).
There is no other possible way of salvation. God’s own beloved Son would never have been crucified to redeem and save us if salvation could have been obtained in any other way. Indeed, the apostle Paul reasons that if we could have been saved in some other way “then Christ is dead in vain” (Galatians 2:21).
Infinite wisdom found a way to save us.
Infinite grace provided the great sacrifice.
Infinite love brought the Son of God to lay down his life for his people.
Because there was no other way for God to both satisfy his justice in the punishment of sin and forgive His people of all their sins. Christ alone is and must be our Saviour.
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
The only way we can obtain God’s salvation is by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you believe on Christ, you may be confident that your sins are forgiven by His blood and that God looks upon you as being perfectly righteous because God appointed this way of salvation; and He has promised to save all who trust His dear Son (Romans 10:9-13).
Indeed, if you now trust the Son of God, it is because you are already born of God and have everlasting life (John 3:36).
By Donald Bell