Nuggets from An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith by Dave Hunt – Our God and Savior
The New Testament testifies that God is the Savior. The expression “God our Savior” is used repeatedly: 1 Timothy:1:1; 2:3; Titus:2:10; 3:4; Jude 25. But for God to pay the penalty for mankind’s sins would itself not be just, because He is not one of us. God would have to become a man in order to represent us in payment of sin. How could He do that and remain God in control of the universe? Only if God is three Persons yet One.
At the same time that it declares that God is the only Savior, the New Testament makes it equally clear that Jesus Christ is the Savior. The angel of the Lord tells Joseph in a dream that Mary, the virgin to whom he is engaged to be married, is with child of the Holy Spirit, that she will give birth to a son, and he instructs Joseph: “Thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew:1:21). Announcing the birth of Jesus to the shepherds, the angel of the Lord tells them: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke:2:11). The expression “the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour” or the equivalent is found repeatedly : Philippians:3:20; 2 Timothy:1:10; Titus:1:4. It follows, then, that Jesus must be God come to earth as a man through the virgin birth, and the New Testament declares that fact again and again: Titus:2:13, Jude 25.
In the Old Testament, after making it crystal clear that He alone is the Savior, God proceeds to introduce the One whom He calls, “my servant” and reveals that He is to be the Savior of the world. Of Him God says, “that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth” (Isaiah:49:6). How is He to save the world from the penalty of sin? God, who is the only Savior, tells us through His prophet that His servant, who, it becomes clear, is the Messiah, must suffer and die for sin: “Behold my servant…his visage was so marred more than any man…He is despised and rejected…a man of sorrows…wounded for our transgression…bruised for our iniquities…he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken…it pleased the Lord [Yahweh] to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin…shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities…because he hath poured out his soul unto death” (Isaiah:52:13-14; 53:3-13).