I John 4:14
The condition of this world is in a state of desperation. Man needs a saviour. People through sin are destroying themselves. There is a curse on man. A sinner can destroy himself, but he cannot save himself, David said to the Lord “…Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin” (Ps.51:2). Good thoughts and words can not suffice to save a lost person. Good wishes will not avail a lost man are woman.
The Incarnation of Jesus Christ was the indispensable condition of the reunion of man and God. “…Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Heb.7:25) What was the mission of Christ in his relationship to the world? First, the world needed a Saviour. “The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world” (v.14).
The world was in a morally lost and undone condition, the world was perishing by reason of sin. “…Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator (Rom. 1:25). Secondly, the world lacked the ability itself to provide a Saviour. Many times and in various ways, the attempt was made to build a city and tower. “…And they said, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top many reach unto heaven” (Gen. 11:4). Israel desired a king to rule over them. Yet it failed. Note what the scripture says here: (Isa. 43:11) “I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour.”
The schemes of political organization, liberal education, social upgrade, or even moral reformation will not reach the central depths of the needs of our race. (Isa. 6:5) stated “I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips.” Man needed a real Saviour. John the Baptist said of Jesus “…Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world”. Thirdly, Jesus came to the world as it’s Saviour. Note (I. John 2:2) states: “…And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”
He saved us by the influence of His life and work upon earth, by His sacrificial death, His glorious resurrection, and His effectual intercession. He could have came to judge, condemn, and destroy our rebellious world, but “…God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself” (II.Cor. 5:19). What was the relationship of Christ and the Father? First, let’s make this very clear. The Saviour is the Son of God. Frequently is this relationship expressed in the sacred scriptures, and in a way which indicates its unutterable sacredness and dearness. “…And lo, a voice from heaven saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt.3:17).
Even Peter the first spokesperson for the New Testament church on the day of Pentecost declared Christ to be the Son of God in Matt.16;16 “… And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Legion knew Christ was the Son of God.”…What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.” (Mk.5:7) It was Jesus’ own people who knew him not. “…He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not…He came unto his own, and his own received him not” (John1:10,11) And to the world Jesus declared in John 8: 24 “…I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I an he, ye shall die in your sins.” Secondly, Christ is the sent of the Father. “That the Father hath sent the Son.” This truth is affirmed again and again in the writings of St. John, “…My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.” (John7:16) “…Being thus sent by the Father, the Son’s mission as a Saviour is Divine in its authority, for Christ claimed this himself: I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment” (John 7:49,50).
What was the relationship of Christ and the apostles? The apostle had a clear view of the Saviour. “…That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life “ I John1:1) First, they had seen their Lord in the exercise of His miraculous powers. They had seem His wondrous glory on the Mount of Transfiguration. They had beheld the purity and beauty of His daily life, they had seen Him dead on the cross, they had seen His sacred body laid in its sepulcher, they had afterwards repeatedly seen Him living, they beheld Him as He was taken up, and a cloud received Him into heaven. In closing the apostles testified to these facts that Jesus was the Son of God, that He was the sent of God as the Saviour of the world. Jesus said to his disciples, “…And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning” (St. John 15:27). Jesus had appointed them to be witnesses for Him.