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 Q. Why is he called Jesus, that is, Saviour?
 A. Because he saves his people from their sins.

When  the  angel said to Joseph, that Mary would bring forth a  Son,  he
said:  "And  she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call  his  name
JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." (Matthew 1:21) The
name  Jesus is not new. Already in the Old Testament, there was  Joshua,
whose name is derived from the same root. Joshua brought the people into
the land Canaan, the promised land. Likewise will Jesus bring His people
in  the heavenly Canaan, the promised place. People, however, being full
of sins, cannot dwell in God's presence because of that filth. Therefore
Jesus saves His people from their sins, in order that they be clean.

 Q. Is there no other Saviour?
 A.  No;  for  there is none other name under heaven given  among  men,
whereby we must be saved, than the name of Jesus. Acts 4:12.

No  other  Saviour than Jesus. There is no salvation in any other.  Many
try to obtain salvation by obeying the law. Though that is a good thing,
when  really  done, they will never succeed. The law but  thunders  from
mount Sinai, but never will give any salvation. Who well listens to  the
law,  and  not  flatters  himself  by a  so-called  obedience,  will  be
perplexed and prostrated by its force, and lightnings, and thunders; but
never  will  he  obtain any salvation. There is none  other  name  under
heaven  given among men, (no law or prayer or whatever) whereby we  must
be saved, than the name of Jesus. "To him give all the prophets witness,
that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission
of  sins."  (Acts 10:43) Let then some people pervert the  prophets,  to
make them not speaking about salvation by faith; yet, the truth is, that
they  spoke of Jesus Christ. All prophets give witness to Him. They  all
point to Him as the one Means of salvation and remission of sins.

 Q. Why is he called Christ, that is, anointed?
 A. Because he was anointed with the Holy Ghost, and ordained by God the
Father,  to be our chief Prophet, our only High Priest, and our  eternal

Jesus  is called Christ, that is Anointed, because he received the  Holy
Ghost.  He  was anointed with the Holy Ghost to His offices as  Prophet,
High Priest, and King. Like David was anointed to be a king over Israel,
so  is Jesus anointed to be eternal king over the new Israel, consisting
of  the believers of both Jews and gentiles. The Father had ordained Him
to those offices. He did not take those Himself.
     Moses already spoke about these things, when he said in God's Name:
"I  will  raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren,  like  unto
thee,  and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto  them
all  that I shall command him." (Deuteronomy 18:18) This Prophet,  taken
from among the brethren, was Jesus of Nazareth.
     Of  Him is prophesied: "Thou art a Priest for ever after the  order
of  Melchizedek." (Psalms 110:4) Melchizedek was not priest forever, for
he  died. Also Aaron lived not forever, neither his children. But Jesus,
being both God and Man, lives forever, and is forever our Priest.
     Besides  being Prophet, and besides being Priest, He  is  also  our
King.  He, as David's Son, is the eternal King over us. "And he  (Jesus)
shall  reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom  there
shall be no end." (Luke 1:33) The kingdom of Jesus Christ is not visible
for  the unbelievers, but the believers both see and experience it.  For
them, through their belief, Jesus is present. They see Him through their
eyes  of  belief.  He is with them, and, as a true King,  protects  them
against  their enemies. Let then the unbelievers say that Jesus did  not
bring peace. It shows but their blindness. No, they have not peace,  for
how  shall  anyone have peace outside the one Saviour Jesus  Christ?  Of
course,  they  have no peace, for they fight against Him. Everybody  who
wages  war  against  the truth shall perish, as  will  be  seen  in  the
outcome.  Peace?  Yes,  but  only  for  those  who  shelter  under   His
protection. Let the tempests rage outside, but those who are in  Christ,
through their belief, are safe. Peace? No, the wicked have no peace,  as
is  written: "[There is] no peace, saith my God, to the wicked." (Isaiah

Jesus is our Prophet, Priest and King.
He, being the Prophet, instructs us and reveals the truth unto us.
He, being the Priest, sacrificed Himself for us, and prays for us.
He, being the King, rules us and protects us against all enemies.

Jesus  is  called Christ. Christ is the Greek translation of the  Hebrew
Messiah. Though there were in the Old Testaments several messiahs,  yet,
Jesus is _the_ Messiah.

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