FOR what purpose did Christ come into the world?
"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." 1 Timothy 1:15.
Why was He to be named "Jesus"?
"Thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins." Matthew 1:21.
Is there salvation through any other?
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12.
Through whom only may we come to God?
"There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. . . . I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting." 1 Timothy 2:5-8.
What has Christ been made for us, and for what purpose?
"For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." 2 Corin- thians 5:21.
How dependent are we upon Christ for 'salvation?
"I am the vine, ye are the branches: . . . without Me ye can do nothing." John 15:5.
THE DIVINE-HUMAN CHRIST
What three essentials for a Saviour are found in Christ?
Deity. "But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, 0 God, is for ever and ever." Hebrews 1:8.
Humanity. "When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law." Galatians 4:4.
Sinlessness. "Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth." 1 Peter 2:22
How did Christ show' from the Scriptures that the promised Saviour of the world must be both human and divine?
"While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is He? They say unto Him, The son of David. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call Him Lord, saying, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit Thou on my right hand, till I make Thine enemies Thy footstool ? If David then call him Lord, how is He his son?" Matthew 22:41-45.
NoTE.—Another has aptly put this important truth concerning the union of the human and divine Christ thus: "Divinity needed humanity that humanity might afford a channel of communication between God and man. Man needs a power out of and above himself to restore him to the likeness of God. There must be a power working from within, a new life from above, before men can be, changed from sin to holiness. That power is Christ."
What two facts testify to the union of divinity and humanity in Christ?
"Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead." Romans 1:3, 4.
How complete was Christ's victory over death?
"I am the first and the last: I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death." Revelation 1:17, 18. (See Acts 2:24.)
How complete is the salvation obtained in Christ?
"Wherefore, He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them." Hebrews 7:25.
What should we say for such a Saviour?
"Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift." 2 Corinthians 9:15.
Two GREAT SINS
It has been said that man's inhumanity to man is our greatest sin. If this be true there is another alongside it, and that is man's ingratitude to God for His unspeakable gift. Someone has said that people can talk about politics, art, and science, and their neighbors; they can speak fast enough about the fashions of the day, but have no voice for the Son of God. No greater gift can you bring to Christ than that of sincere gratitude, expressed in word and action.
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