Jesus’ very name means Savior. “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for HE SHALL SAVE…” We believe that He lives up to His name. The Lord Jesus Christ will not fail in saving humanity; He is a SUCCESSFUL Savior, not a POTENTIAL Savior.
Jesus is the Savior of the World, “for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.” The world includes mankind and his environment. Jesus isn’t a POTENTIAL Savior of the world; He IS THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.
Jesus came into the world to save sinners. “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…” Christ didn’t come into the world to give people the POTENTIAL to be saved, or give them the OPPORTUNITY to be saved – He came to SAVE them – period.
Jesus does all the Saving; the world and its inhabitants do all the being saved. This is our Lord’s great errand – to make an atonement for, and to destroy, sin and its consequences. He is the Savior of all mankind, ESPECIALLY of those who believe, not EXCLUSIVELY. Less than this is not the Gospel, and less than this is no Gospel at all. The perfection of the Gospel system is not that it makes allowances for sin, but that it makes an atonement for it: not that it tolerates sin, but that it destroys it. Sin and death will be abolished, not perpetuated.
This is the mission of Jesus.