Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | April 21, 2006

Christ the Savior

Well I’ve been able to post a new entry for six consecutive days, which is six times better than the goal I stated at the outset.  I’ve been able to achieve this by preparing a draft during my lunch break, finalizing it and posting the entry when I get home.  I believe this better performance is a perfect example of how we (humanity) in our fallen nature set the bar artificially low so that we can keep it.  In many matters of life it is actually very prudent to avoid over committing yourself with high expectations.  Nonetheless when it comes to God’s standards we shouldn’t do this, yet throughout human history the overwhelming evidence is that we do.  God’s Law sets a high standard for our behavior.  The bad news is that our first parents set us up for failure in the fall and have rendered us incapable of keeping this good, but high standard.

The “Purpose Driven Life” written by Rick Warren was a phenomenal best seller.  When you reach such levels of success certainly some people will be prone to examine your ideas very closely.  I actually began to read the book and got through about half of it.  I never got around to finishing it, thus I do not believe that I am qualified to comment on the book.  However, I have listened to others who have read the book and offered some observations that I believe are appropriate for today’s topic.  One observation was given in a sermon titled the “Promise Driven Life” by Dr. Michael Horton and I’ve provided a link that will allow you to listen to it if you’d like:

http://sermons.escondidourc.org/sermon-audio/2005-08-21-AM.m3u

I believe the point that is made is that we already have an infallible outline to live the purpose driven life in the Law that God revealed in Scripture.  Although, this outline has been given to us we miserably fail at following it.  When we create our own outline it will inherently deviate, modify, or water down this Law, essentially setting the bar lower.  However, as Dr. Horton points out in his sermon we need not despair in our failure nor create our own law, because Christ has truly fulfilled the purpose drive life on our behalf.  Therefore, rather than emphasize on leading a purpose driven life for ourselves we should look to Christ and trust in his work, which was truly purpose driven.  This is good news for sinful people who are incapable of meeting the requirements of God’s perfect Law.   

Today we begin our examination of a new portion of the Apostles Creed, which introduces our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Concerning this section of the Apostles Creed Question 29 of Heidelberg Catechism states the following:

Q. Why is the Son of God called “Jesus,” meaning “savior”? 

A. Because he saves us from our sins.1 Salvation cannot be found in anyone else; it is futile to look for any salvation elsewhere.2 

  1 Matthew 1:21:  She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people.  Hebrews 7:25:  Therefore He is able to also save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
  2 Isaiah 43:11:   I, even I, am the Lord, and there is no savior besides Me.  John 15:5:  I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. Acts 4:11-12:  He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone.  And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.  1 Timothy 2:5:  For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus… 

Our emphasis today is on the Gospel, which is something we take very seriously on this blog (hence the title).  As stated in the catechism and the Scriptures cited above it is Christ who is solely responsible for saving us from our sins.  Therefore, we cannot rely on anything that is found in ourselves.  This includes trying to earn our own way by following God’s Law or any other lesser law that we attempt to establish.  I’d like to offer a quotation from a theologian from the Reformation Era named John Calvin, which eloquently articulates this Gospel.  In his Institutes of the Christian Religion, he states the following: 

Since there is a perpetual and irreconcilable disagreement between righteousness and unrighteousness, so long as we remain sinners He cannot receive us completely.  Therefore, to take away all cause for enmity and to reconcile us utterly to Himself, He wipes out all evil in us by the expiation set forth in the death of Christ; that we, who were previously unclean and impure may show ourselves righteous and holy in His sight…But until Christ succors us by His death, the unrighteousness that deserves indignation remains in us, and is accursed and condemned before Him.  Hence, we can be fully and firmly joined with God only when Christ joins us with Him.  p 506

It is by Christ alone that we are saved from the judgment that we deserve.  He alone has made satisfaction on our behalf to turn back the wrath that we deserve. And this is truly good news, which should give us great comfort if we trust in Christ as savior. 

We will continue our examination of the Apostles Creed and its statements concerning Jesus Christ.  Until then consider this glorious message of salvation and trust in Christ alone. 

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Responses

  1. Why do so few people believe this?

  2. Define few. I think that alot of people believe this. However, relative to the total amout of people that believe this in the Church in Western society it probably is few.

  3. I think you defined it well enough. Relative to the total number of people alive today in Western society.


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