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1Sa 3:1 “ … And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; …”

INTRODUCTION:

Another theme that runs throughout the Holy Scriptures is mankind’s need of deliverance from sin.  Every man was born in a fallen condition of separation from God.  Their fallen condition brings about acts of disobedience towards Almighty God.  It is these two products of sin (fallen nature and disobedient acts) that generates mankind’s great need of salvation.

Yes all mankind, due to sin, is in desperate need of salvation.  But the Word’s teaching about mankind does not stop there.  It further explains that man cannot merit, nor in any way attain, salvation of his own efforts.  Hence, mankind’s unyielding need for a Savior. Man needs someone who will stand in their place and perform the saving work that they so greatly need.

So, who is this One who can deliver all of us from our helpless, hopeless condition? Who can meet the demands of God and supply the redemption for the heinous sin that affects each of us?  God’s Word graciously reveals His identity to us.  This is another of the reasons why the Scriptures are so very valuable for each one of us.  You see, without the precious Word, we could never come to knowledge of the One that can save us from our sin.

SCRIPTURES:

Isa 12:1-3 

(KJV)   And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.  (2)  Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.  (3)  Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

(ESV)  You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me.  “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORDGOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”  With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

 

Isa 45:20-22 

(KJV)  Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.  (21)  Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.  (22)  Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

(ESV) Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you survivors of the nations! They have no knowledge who carry about their wooden idols, and keep on praying to a god that cannot save.  (21) ​Declare and present your case; let them take counsel together! Who told this long ago? Who declared it of old? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no other god besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me. (22) “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.

 

1Ti 1:1 

(KJV) Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

(ESV) Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,

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Matt 1:21-23 

(KJV) And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.  (22)  Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,  (23)  Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

(ESV)  (21) She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (22) All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23) “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

Joh 1:29-34

(KJV) The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.  (30)  This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.  (31)  And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.  (32)  And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.  (33)  And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.  (34)  And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

(ESV) (29) The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (30) This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ (31) I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” (32) And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. (33) I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ (34) And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

THE STUDY:

As we search the Scriptures for the identity of the Savior of man, let’s turn our attention to Isa 12:1-3…

And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.

Isaiah is acknowledging that he, personally, had been disobedient to the Lord and under the Lord’s anger.  However, he was now bringing praise and honor to the Lord because His anger had been lifted from Isaiah. To replace that anger, Isaiah was now receiving comfort (communion, peace, security) from His Lord.

Who had done such a wonderful work for Isaiah? Working comfort and grace to replace the anger and guilt that Isaiah had been experiencing?  Isaiah continues by naming this great Saviour…

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. 

His God was the One that had worked deliverance on Isaiah’s behalf.  But which God was it through whom Isaiah had received deliverance?  Was it Baal? Or perhaps, was it Nebo? Absolutely not. Isaiah was not saved through the workings of the man-made Gods of the surrounding nations.  He clearly names JEHOVAH as the Savior of mankind.

Not only does Isaiah give credit to Jehovah for deliverance from his sin, but he also gives Him credit for his new found spiritual vitality and joy.  Both of these were the end result of the salvation that Isaiah had been given.

Now that Isaiah had experienced the wonderful salvation, and its effects, he invites all of mankind to partake of this same salvation that his Lord offers to man….

Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

According to the Lord’s clear explanation to Isaiah, the saving work of Jehovah separates Himself from all the false, man-made Gods of this world (Isa 45:20-22)….

Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save. Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

When we come to an understanding that Jehovah is the only true Savior of all mankind it makes perfect sense that Paul would write in 1 Tim 1:1…

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

Notice here, that God is given the title “our Saviour”, but the Lord Jesus Christ is given the title “our hope”.  How can this be?  If we find salvation in Jehovah why would Christ be said to be the origin of the hope we have?

We have this principle explained in Matt 1:21-23….

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 

Matthew’s account of the birth of Christ includes an account of how our Lord was given His name.  He would be called “Jesus” because He would be the Savior of His people.  The name Jesus means “Jehovah is salvation”.  This is the answer to our question.

How can God be said to be our Savior and, yet Christ be said to be the origin of our hope?  It is because Jesus Christ is one with Jehovah God (John 10:30; 1 John 5:7)

Notice this principle is more clearly expressed in the following verses of this text…

Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Jesus, truly is Jehovah God who came to the earth and met with mankind as a man.  He is both God and Man who came to be the Savior of His people (1 John 5:20).  He is “Emmanuel”; He is “Jesus”. (Isa 7:14)

John the Baptist reaffirmed the identity of Christ in John 1:29-34…

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 

The text continues by teaching us that, as both God and Savior, Christ far exceeded John the Baptist in person, work and authority.  John the Baptist’s ministry was to clearly show the true identity of Christ to the Jewish people…

This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.  And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. 

The text closes by explaining the events that took place at the baptism of Christ.  It was these events that confirmed the true identity of Christ to those who were witnesses of His baptism..

And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.  (33)  And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.  (34)  And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

At Christ’s baptism, we are told that:

  1. The Spirit descended upon Christ.
  2. The Spirit then landed (abode) upon Christ
  3. The message from God validating the ministry of Christ

Based upon the above, John the Baptist became a witness for Christ by publically verifying His identity as Savior and Son of God.

THE APPLICATION:

Through His precious Word, with the knowledge of the true identity of our Savior, comes a blessed joy knowing that although we cannot save ourselves, by looking to Him in faith, we will be delivered by Him.

If the Lord has shown us His grace by delivering us from our sin, should we not be greatly motivated to serve Him and glorify Him with our lives?  Once again, we are to look into His Word to find His guidance and instructions for living our lives separated to His service.

Tit 2:11-14  “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;   Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

If you have any questions concerning the way of salvation please feel free to visit or call a Bible teaching church in your area.  They will be happy to speak to you about the Lord Jesus and the salvation He graciously gives.

Or, if you would rather, feel welcome to email me at settledinheaven@gmail.com.  I’ll be more than happy to answer any question you may have.

Also, if you look at my blog page “How To Have A Relationship With God”.  On this page, you will find several blog entries explaining the way of salvation.

Please visit the “Settled In Heaven Ministries” homepage – http://www.settledinheaven.org


10 Comments

  1. Debbie says:

    There is so much in this study, Pastor Rob! Thank you for the time and energy you put forth for Him and for us. I was blessed as I read, just thinking about how nothing else saves us, but our God. God bless you as you bring us His word and truth!

  2. Lyn Leahz says:

    Many of us are to busy thinking about the most famous person in the whole world…self! Self is more famous than anyone. I mean, really, who can actually stop and think about the fact that Jesus suffered like a human being because He was in a body of flesh as He was scorged countless times? And so much that His entire back was flayed open and dripping blood while He took all of the pain without complaint! Each lash representing the sin we would all commit! And if that wasn’t enough, Hypovolemic shock had set in from the scorging. The scourging usually resulted in blood loss to the point of shock. This is accompanied by symptoms of delirium, fainting, vomiting, and in extreme cases, death.

    Exhausted from extreme emotional and physical stress, a crucified prisoner would literally gasp for air as his full body weight bore down on his lungs. Unfathomable thirst, a basic human need, would overcome the body as it desperately tried to compensate for the loss of blood. These agonies would last for hours and hours as the major systems of the body shut down.

    This is what Jesus went through for all of us; yes, even those who don’t care about Him, mocking and scorning Him every day. As Jesus, in this condition described above, trudged up the path to where He would be hung, carrying a heavy wooden exucation stake we know of as the cross, gasping for air, His mouth dryer than sandpaper, choking, gagging…only to be spit upon, kicked, beaten, knocked down and then beaten for falling even though it was not His fault He fell. He was shoved and people threw rocks, dirt, and rotten food at Him. I can only imagine they did much worse, as the devil was in control of the people who were against Him.

    I’m sorry, Rob, for such a long comment. I’ve been told that in the blogging world, this is ‘uncool’ by several people, but I couldn’t help it. If people really took the time to close their eyes and imagine what He must’ve been through..picture themselves doing what He did, and really learned to fall in love with the Lord instead of loving all that we know, we would willingly make that same journey, painfully without complaint, carrying our cross. We will be kicked, beaten, spit upon, shoved, scorged, knocked down, mocked, scorned, hated–everything! And we will be able to get right back up like He did and willingly go to the place where we lay down our lives and die–without hesitation or forethought, hang on our cross we painfully carry…the weight of the world, and the flesh. We would put to death the flesh gladly, and then rise again a new creature as we ought.

    And you know what? We would never even consider looking back from whence we came.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      AMEN! I really appreciate this reminder of all that our Lord has gone through for us. By the way, no problem with your long comments. They just add more good information to the posting. Lord bless you Lyn.

  3. Lyn Leahz says:

    Each time we get knocked down, let us fall into His love…and let us arise stronger than before!

  4. >> “we are to look into His Word to find His guidance and instructions for living our lives separated to His service”
    AMEN! The answer to every question we have is found in His Word – either directly or in principle.

  5. Really a fine study, Pastor!

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