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Whom Mat 1:21 has in Mind?

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"And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins." (Mat 1:21)

"Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption. And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities." (Psa 130:7-8)

"Him [Jesus] has God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins." (Act 5:31)

"When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then has God also to the Gentiles granted repentance to life." (Act 11:18 )


And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS
The name Jesus is the same as our Saviour (Act 13:23). It is derived from the verb signifying to save. In Hebrew it is the same as Joshua. He shall save. This expresses the same as the name, and on this account the name was given to Him. It is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Joshua. The original full form is Jehoshua, meaning "Yahweh our salvation," "Yahweh saves," or "Yahweh’s salvation." The LORD God saves; He is our salvation. Jesus is Yahweh. He was named after His Father!

He saves men by having died on the cross to redeem them; by giving the Spirit to renew them, (Joh 16:7,8; Eze 36:26,27) by his power in enabling them to overcome their spiritual enemies, in defending them from danger, in guiding them in the path of duty, in sustaining them in trials and in life and death; and he will raise them up at the last day, and exalt them to a world of purity and love.

He shall save His people
Those whom the Father has given to Him, His people, and He prays and intercedes only for them:
"I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which you have given me; for they are yours." (Joh 17:9) Heb 7:25. Christians are called the people of Christ, those whom the Father has given to Him, those He had chosen to Himself, and elected them as His peculiar and beloved people, separate from all the nations of the earth, because it was the purpose of the Father to give them to Him, (Isa 53:11; Joh 6:37) and because in due time He came to redeem them to Himself, (Tit 2:14; 1Pe 1:2).

from their sins.
The great sacrifice of Jesus in coming and dying for His people is the great advent for salvation. He did not come to save men IN their sins, but FROM their sins. Non redeemed sinners cannot possibly be happy in heaven. It would be a place of wretchedness to the unsaved guilty. The design of Jesus was, therefore, to save His people from sin:

  1. By dying to make an atonement of infinite value, (Tit 2:14) and,

  2. By renewing their hearts (Eze 36:26,27), and purifying their souls, and preparing His people for a pure and holy heaven. And from this we may learn,

  3. Jesus came into the world of tears to save His people, and He will surely accomplish His plan, for it is impossible that He should fail in any part of it,

  4. Unless we are saved from the power and dominion of sin, we have no evidence that we are His people. A mere profession of being His people will not suffice, unless we give up our sins; unless we renounce the pride, pomp, and pleasure of the world, and all our lusts and crimes, we have no evidence that we are the children of God (1Jo 2:15). It is impossible that we should be Christians if we still indulge in regular sin, and live in the practice of any known iniquity. All professing Christians should feel that there is no salvation unless it is from sin, and realise that they can never be admitted to a holy heaven hereafter, unless they are made pure, by the Holy blood of Jesus, our Lord, AMEN

  5. In the most comprehensive sense of salvation from sin (Rev 1:5; Eph 5:25-27).

By "his people" it is not meant all mankind, though they are His by creation and preservation, yet they are not all saved by Him spiritually and eternally. Nor are all the Jews saved, for though they are His nation, His kinsmen, and so His own people according to the flesh, yet they are not all saved by Him; many of them die in their sins, and in the disbelief of Him as the Messiah (Joh 3:36).

By the saved it is meant all the elect of God, whether Jews or Gentiles, (the children of promise) who were given to Him by His Father, as a peculiar people, and who are made willing in the day of His power upon them, to be saved by Him in His own way and by His own timing.

These He saves from "their sins," from all their sins, original and actual; from secret and open sins; from sins of heart, lip and life; from sins of omission and commission; from all that is in sin; from the guilt, punishment, and damning power of it; He saves by His sufferings and death.

By His Spirit and grace He will at last save them from all the evils of this world, though not in this life, yet hereafter, in the other world, when they shall be without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, but be pure and perfect in all things in His glorious presence. (Rom 6:23)

Jesus will save us away from as well as out of our sins, as far as the east is from the west. They will be cast into oblivion and He will cover them up out of sight, for this is the reason for which He came bodily on earth. (Psa 103:12)

Jesus himself shows that the kingdom of heaven includes all those and only those who have the reign of God in their hearts and lives. All the others will Not enter the Kingdom of Heaven: "Or do you not know that unjust ones will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be led astray, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor abusers, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor covetous ones, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers shall inherit the kingdom of God." (1Co 6:9-10)

Hoh! Lord, make us part of your Kingdom with Jesus, I pray.

CONCLUSION
Who Mat 1:21 has in mind? Obviously not all, but only those who are His people, the elect before time began Eph 1:4, that is: those that God has called to His son and whose only hope of eternal life with God in heaven is in the saving death of the Son of God on the cross for our sins. Those elect ones that have received the Grace from God to believe in His Son Jesus, and Him crucified