Trinity Worksheet #7: The Son’s Work in Salvation

Whenever the one true God is at work, each Person of the Trinity is at work. This very fact magnifies God’s omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, and loving intimacy. In the work of salvation (how God saves a sinner), the Father, Son, and Spirit work in unison, while performing distinct tasks. Here we will explore the Scriptures that speak of the Son’s work in salvation.  


1) The Son lived a perfect life

2 Cor 5:21 ‘He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.’

Heb 4:15 ‘For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.’

1 Pet 1:19 ‘…but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.’

1 John 3:5 ‘You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.’


2) The Son willingly offered Himself

Phil 2:8 ‘Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.’

John 10:17-18 ‘For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.’

Rom 5:7-8 ‘For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.’

Is 53:11 ‘As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities.’

Results of this:           

2 Cor 5:21 ‘He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.’

Heb 10:10 ‘By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.’

1 Pet 3:18 ‘For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit…’


3) The Son raised Himself from the dead

John 2:18-21 ‘The Jews then said to Him, “What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking of the temple of His body.’

John 10:17-18 ‘For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.’

John 5:26 ‘For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself…’


Implications:

John 5:27-29 ‘… and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.’

John 11:25-26 ‘Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”’


4) The Son regenerates (and presently gives life to) His people:

John 14:6 ‘Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”’

John 15:1-8 ‘I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. / Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. / You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. / Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. / I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. / If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. / If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. / My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.’

John 10:10-11 ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.’

Phil 4:13 ‘I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.’


5) The Son saves

Luke 1:69 ‘And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of David His servant.’

John 4:42 ‘…and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.”’

1 John 4:14 ‘We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.’

Titus 3:6 ‘…whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior…’
Luke 5:31-32 ‘And Jesus answered and said to them, “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”’

Luke 19:10 ‘For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.’

See also: Luke 15:3-24

John 10:10-11 ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.’


6) The Son delivers, rescues us

Rom 11:26 ‘And so all Israel will be saved, as it has been written: “The One Delivering will come out of Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.”’

1 Thess 1:10 ‘…and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.’

Rom 7:24-25a ‘Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!’

2 Tim 4:18 ‘The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.’

Luke 4:14-21 [quoting Is 61:1-2]: verse 18 especially


7) The Son is our exclusive Savior

Acts 5:31 ‘He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.’

John 14:6 ‘Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”’

Acts 4:12 ‘And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.’

1 Tim 2:5 ‘For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.’

1 John 5:11-12 ‘And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.’

Jonah 2:9 ‘But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the LORD.’


8) Warnings against rejecting this exclusive Savior

John 3:18 ‘He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.’

Heb 2:1-3 ‘For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty, how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard…’

Heb 10:26-31


9) The Son finishes His work of salvation

Phil 2:6-8, 2 Cor 8:9, Heb 1:1-4


10) The Son presently intercedes for His people:

1 John 2:1-2 ‘My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And 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 those of the whole world.’

Rom 8:33-34 ‘Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.’

Heb 7:23-25 ‘The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing, but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.’

For a hint of what this present intercession might look like, see John 17:1-26


[NOTE: References and categories of thought have been borrowed liberally from Paul Washer’s Knowing the Living God, Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology, and Robert Raymond’s A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith. These blog entries are merely “worksheets,” hopefully enabling the reader to peruse a multitude of relevant texts at once. Little original thought is added by Sam Caldwell, no credit is due to these blog entries, and no plagiarism at all is intended.]

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