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Summary: Salvational Names of Jesus

“I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last” (Job 19:25).

A. INTRODUCTION

1. The salvational names of Jesus reveal our salvation more fully.

2. The Bible speaks of salvation in three tenses. The past, present and future.

B. REDEEMER

1. The title “Redeemer” is never used of Jesus in the New Testament. Although the New Testament does not call Jesus Redeemer, it certainly emphasized His work of redemption.

2. The word redemption occurs both in the Gospels and Epistles in connection with His work of redemption (Luke 1:68; 24:21; Gal. 3:13; 4:5; Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 1:18; Rev. 5:9; 14:3-4. In the Old Testament, see Job 19:25; Ps. 19:14).

3. The term “redemption” comes from a word that means “to buy back.” Christ gave His blood as a ransom for sin (1 Peter 1:18-20).

4. The price is blood paid to procure the remission of sins (Heb. 9:12, 22).

5. The first Greek word “redeemed” was purchase of servants at the marketplace.

a. Christ purchased the sinner in the marketplace, agorazo.

b. Paying a price for a group of slaves “sold under sin” (Rom. 7:14; Gal. 3:10).

c. In 2 Peter 2:1, shows that Christ redeemed, paid the price for not only the saved but also the false teachers.

6. A second word is ekagorazo, meaning, “to buy out from the marketplace.” The prefix ek means “out.” Christ paid the price and bought the slave “out of the marketplace” never again exposed to sale (Gal. 3:13).

7. The third word lutraos means “to pay the price for the slave and then release him.”

a. Emphasizes freedom.

b. Christ works to separate us completely from all sin (Titus 2:14).

8. Christ has provided redemption for all people by His own blood (Heb. 9:12). But the sinner is not prepared to go to heaven until he responds by faith to the Redeemer.

C. SAVIOR

1. Saving is fundamental to all Jesus is and did. “Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior” (Luke 2:11).

2. Early groups of Samaritans concluded, “Now we believe . . . this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world” (John 4:42).

3. Both Peter (Acts 5:31), and Paul (Acts 13:23), used this title of Christ in their preaching.

4. The Greek word soter means “savior,” “deliverer” or “preserver” used of the Father as well as of the Son.

5. Commonly used of conversion in the scriptures.

6. Three tenses: first, the believer has been saved from the guilt and penalty of sin. Second, he is being saved from the habit and dominion of sin. Third, he will be saved at the return of Christ from all the bodily infirmities and the curse that results from sin.

D. THE LAMB OF GOD

1. John the Baptist was the first to use the title “Lamb of God.”

2. Twenty-six times in the book of Revelation. The most frequent title of Christ in that book.

3. Being the son of a priest, John the Baptist was not familiar with the importance of the lamb offered every morning and evening.

4. Just as a lamb was offered on the altar for sin, so too the Lamb of God was offered for the sin of the world.

5. The Lamb of God would take away sin, airon, translated “takes away,” conveys carrying it away and in that sense destroying it.

E. PROPITIATION

1. The Greek word hilaskomai, the sacrifices to appease wrath.

2. The word identified the mercy seat, the place of reconciliation between God and man.

3. Jesus bore the full brunt of God’s wrath, and so He is the Propitiation for sin (1 John 2:2).

4. The offensiveness of sin in the eyes of God and His wrath again sin. “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13), is literally, God be propitious to me the sinner. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10-11).

F. AUTHOR OF ETERNAL SALVATION

1. “He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him” (Heb. 5:9).

2. The author knows all that is to be written before the book is published. The plan of the book is the underlying thesis, the characters and the plot.

3. When the book is completed, it contains a part of the author. Jesus is the formal cause of salvation, the active cause of it, and is salvation itself (Luke 2:30; 3:6).

4. Several titles, the Prince of life” (Acts 3:15), “a Prince and a Savior” (5:31), “the captain of their salvation” (Heb. 2:10, and “the author and finisher of our faith” (12:2).

5. The quality of leadership.

G. CONCLUSION

1. The more you understand “so great salvation” (Heb. 2:3), the more you appreciate the salvational names of Jesus.

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