1 Timothy 4:10 "For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers."
In yesterday's post we began to consider how God has always been the eternal Savior and Redeemer. We looked at how this proper identity is expressed with the Triune nature of God. We also got to glimpse at what the scripture teaches about the plan of salvation worked out between the Father, Son and Spirit. Then we concluded by making some remarks concerning God's revelation of this plan in history through both the Old and New Testaments. Today we narrow our focus upon the Person of the Son as He revealed Himself in His incarnation.
Such truths are rooted in the overall doctrine of the Trinity and God's eternal identity as Savior. We will see how it is that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and the Savior of His people.
How the Person of the Son has been eternally the Savior
In sharing the same full Deity with the Father and Spirit, the Son agreed with the Father's plan and chose to come into history. He after all is described as the "Lamb of God, slain before the foundation of the world" (Hebrews 10:4-5; Revelation 13:8).
As a man, the Son would die for the sins of the world in a general sense and be the Savior of His people in a specific sense (1 Timothy 2:2; 4:10; 1 John 2:2; 2 Peter 3:9-10).