Grace Protestant Reformed Church

Faith In Jesus

Minister:
Date: AM
Text: Matthew 1; Lord's Day 11
Psalters: 276, 65, 78, 187
Series: Heidelberg Catechism (2013-15)
  1. His work.
    1. “Jesus” is the personal name of the Son of God in our flesh.
      1. The name must be important if God gave it to His Son (Matt. 1:21; Luke 1:31).
      2. His personal name declares Who and what He is (His mission), i.e., Savior: "Jehovah salvation" or "Jehovah saves."
    2. The angel explained the name: Jehovah saves from sin (Matt. 1:21).
      1. Sins are all our violations of God's will, to which we add daily to the mountain of our sin and guilt.
      2. The Self-existent One, Who has life in and of Himself, performs the work of saving.
    3. Jesus is Savior of His people from their sins.
  2. Jesus is the only true Savior because He actually saves from sin.
    1. Jesus saves from the punishment of sin.
    2. He is not just a Savior, but THE Savior, the only One.
    3. Jesus actually and fully saved; He did not merely create the possibility for salvation.
      1. He is Savior for us, actually changing our guilt into innocence, removing every liability to be punished.
      2. He is Savior in us by applying that which He bought to us.
      3. And He is Savior at God's right hand, interceding for each and all of His own, and working all things for their good.
    4. What do you want from Jesus?
  3. Jesus is the perfect Savior - completely saving us to the uttermost so there is nothing left to be done.
    1. Jesus did everything necessary for salvation so nothing has to be added to His complete and perfect work.
    2. Because Jesus is the true Savior, there is no need for saints, Mary, or good works.
      1. He is not just a Savior, but He is THE Savior, the only One.
      2. He is THE way, and no one comes to the Father but by Him (John 14:6).
    3. Do you believe in this perfect Savior who is revealed in this Name?
      1. Do you constantly live in the consciousness of your need of this Savior?
      2. Do you trust Him and in live that trust or do you merely hold these facts about the Savior for truth?
      3. Then we can and may have real joy and eternal happiness.