How Was Jesus Christ Able To Save Us?




This presentation (a.k.a The Gospel in ‘P’s) is structured around what I call the four ‘P’sPurpose, Problem, Provision and Potential.

  1. In our first lesson in this series, we saw that God’s PURPOSE for creating Man (in His image) was RELATIONSHIP.
  2. In the second lesson, we saw that Man’s PROBLEM (which derailed God’s Purpose) was SEPARATION from God … caused by SIN and DEATH.
  3. In our third lesson, we saw that God’s PROVISION. is JESUS CHRIST, who solved the SIN problem by His death … and the DEATH problem by His resurrection.
  4. In the fourth lesson, we saw that Man’s POTENTIAL, as a result of what Jesus accomplished, is RECONCILIATION (restoration of right relationship with God).


How was God able to save us ?   

The Bible makes it very clear that Jesus Christ is our Saviour.

  • Titus 2:11-13  For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ ….  
  • 2 Peter 1:1   Simeon[a] Peter, a servant[b] and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ 
  • 1 Timothy 4:10


How did Jesus Christ become our Saviour?


  • 1 John 2:2  My little children … if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.   
      • propitiation” can be understood as “payment in full”
  • He became our Saviour by paying for our sins.


How did Jesus Christ pay for OUR sins?


  • Romans 5:8  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:3  For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures ….  
  • He paid for our sins by by dying for us (dying in our stead), thereby paying the death penalty that each of us should have paid.
      • 2 Corinthians 5:18-19  Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them ….


How was He able to die for us?


  • He was Immanuel – God with us.  As such, He was fully God and fully Man, simultaneously … and was therefore able to be the perfect sacrifice …
      • John 1:1-2,14  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God … 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.  
      • Because He was fully Man, He was able to be the perfect representative.
      • Because He was fully God, He was able to be the perfect substitue.
  • By being the perfect substitue, He was able to pay for ALL the sins of ALL of us.
  • By being the perfect representative, He was able to die for ALL of us.


How was Jesus Christ able to die for all of us?


  • We were with Him when He died.
      • Romans 6:8  Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him
      • 2 Timothy 2:11   This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him.
  • Christ was able to die for all of us because all of us were with Him when He died.


How were we able to be WITH Christ when He died?

  • John 14:20  At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
      • According to John 14:20, where was Christ?
      • According to John 14:20, where were the disciples? 
  • Acts 17:26-28   And He has made from one blood every nation of men… 27 so that they should seek the Lord… though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being ….
      • Colossians 3:1-4   If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
  • Colossians 1:15-17    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or [e]principalities or [f]powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.   
  • See biblehub and NIV
  • We were able to be with Christ because we were IN Him.


2 Corinthians 5:21  For He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.   

Ephesians 1:7   In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.   

1 Corinthians 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.  

Ephesians 1:7,11   In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace … 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will  

Colossians 1:13-14   He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,  14in whom we have redemptionthrough His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

2 Corinthians 5:18-19   Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them ….

2 Corinthians 5:21  God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 




Romans 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 


Ephesians 1:3-4  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christjust as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.


Ephesians 3:8-10  Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;


1 Corinthians 1:30   But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness and sanctification and redemption —


1 Peter 5:14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.  Peace to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

1 John 2:5-6 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

Romans 16:7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my countrymen and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.

Galatians 1:22 And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which were in Christ.

Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

Philippians 4:21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus.   The brethren who are with me greet you.

Colossians 1:2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 2:14 For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus. For you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, just as they did from the Judeans,




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