The Substitute Redeemer We Need
- Who He must be.
- A mediator stands between and brings together two parties that are at odds with each other.
- A deliverer or redeemer is one who buys back a slave or captive by paying a ransom.
- Jesus is both Mediator and Redeemer, and thus is the Savior (I Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 8:6; 9:15; 12:24).
- Jesus accomplished reunion by putting away our sins and by establishing the covenant of grace.
- Jesus redeems us from sin, and frees us from the power of Satan, purchasing our redemption with His blood (Eph. 1:7).
- The Mediator and Redeemer must meet certain qualifications.
- He had to be real man, for man sinned.
- He must have a real and complete human nature.
- But his humanity must be sinless, free from any self-deserved punishment.
- And He must be true God.
- Who alone has these qualifications? Our Lord Jesus Christ.
- God sent His Son to us out of free grace.
- Jesus met the three qualifications.
- He was completely human, born of a woman.
- He was a perfectly righteous man, free from all original and actual sin and from all sinfulness.
- He is God, the Second Person of the Trinity, co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit (I Tim. 3:16; I Jn. 5:20).
- The union of the Divine Son with the human nature is called the “Incarnation.”
- In Christ we have complete redemption and righteousness, for Christ is a complete and the all-sufficient Savior.