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Why do we need a Savior?

Humanity is in desperate need of a saviour. To give a comprehensive answer to why we need a Savior, encyclopaedic volumes of information would be required. We will present some ideas about why we need a Savior based on what the Bible says in our limited space.

First, let us clarify that the term "we" in this question refers to everyone who has ever lived; that is, when we say "we need a Savior," we mean everyone who has ever lived. Also, the term "saviour" has a rather broad definition in the Bible; anyone who performs a rescue or deliverance act may be called a "savior"—examples include the judges Othniel and Ehud (Judges 3:9, 15). God (rather than just Jesus) is referred to as "Savior" (Isaiah 43:11; 45:21–22; 60:16). To avoid misunderstanding, we will refer to Jesus Christ as Savior in this article.

The reason we need a Savior stems from God's and man's natures: first, the Bible claims that God has a plan, and human beings are essential to that plan. Second, God is holy, and He is incapable of enduring sin. Third, every human being has sinned and is born with a sinful nature.

The problem is that living with God necessitates sinless perfection, which none of us possess. As a result, God cannot achieve His objectives without first repairing humanity. That is why we require a Savior, who is identified as Jesus Christ by Scripture (Luke 2:11; Titus 2:13–14).

We need the Savior, Jesus, because we need to be made holy: "no one will see the Lord unless he is holy" (Hebrews 12:14). Jesus does not simply improve our character; nor does He increase our godliness or holiness—we already have none. Rather, He transforms us into entirely new creatures (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15).

The requirement for a Savior. In conclusion, God has a plan. It's perfect, and He's not going to change His mind about putting it into action. But we humans are involved in his plan, and we are sinners through and through. God cannot tolerate the presence of sin because He is holy, and it is impossible for Him to work His eternal plan with us unless we are cleansed. Those who are not cleansed—those who are not saved—must spend eternity separated from God. God's solution: once and for all, offer the perfect sacrifice to cleanse us of sin and reconcile us to Himself. He did the same thing with His Son on the cross.

We can't save ourselves, so we need a Savior. We require a Savior because we are described as "having no hope and without God in the world" without Him (Ephesians 2:12, ESV).

We desperately need a Savior, and God has provided one for us. As a demonstration of God's love and as a function of His mercy, Jesus saved us. "Now that we have been justified by his grace, we. . . become heirs with the hope of everlasting life" (Titus 3:7). Jesus' sacrifice unlocked everything for us, and if there had been another way for God to carry out His plan without compromising His integrity, He would have chosen that over the humiliation of the cross (see Luke 22:42). The fact that Jesus died on the cross is sufficient proof that we require a Savior.


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