Many people believe that Jesus Christ was a very ‘good man’ and taught wonderful things, but that is about all they know. Obviously many do not accept that he is the Lord our God at all and that he is worthy of all honour and praise.
Being raised as a JW I was taught that Jesus existed before he came to the earth as a man and in his pre-human existence was the Word (Logos) who created all things. However we were also taught that when he came to earth, he was just a perfect man and merely came to earth too offer up his life as a sacrifice for mankind.
We were taught that he was the created Son of Jehovah the Almighty and that he was more or less just a secondary being that served the purpose of God to be the Lamb that takes away the sin of the World.
The odd thing is, much of what I was taught back then was true, but as you can see, it was riddled with error and a deliberate downgrading of the Lord we now know as out wonderful Saviour. So it is with that in mind that I have posted some excellent information that proves that our Lord is far more than a ‘right hand’ man of the Almighty God Jehovah.
The first scripture is in Luke, where it says:
"And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour." (Luke 1:47)
One of the most wonderful titles of the Lord Jesus Christ is that of Saviour. This word (Greek (soter) from which is derived our theological term "soteriology," the study of salvation) occurs 24 times in the New Testament and is applied only to Christ, "for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
It occurs first of all on the lips of the Virgin Mary in our text above, when she realized that she had been chosen to be the mother of the Saviour. It is significant that this first use of soter recognizes that our Saviour can be none other than God Himself--"God my Saviour"--and also that this fact should cause our spirits to rejoice, as Mary's did. He becomes our personal Saviour when we believe on Him, as did Mary. This humble woman realised she needed her Saviour just as much as any other human. This fact totally undermines the heresy taught by Catholic religions that Mary is ‘co-redemptrix’ along with her Son.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is "the Saviour of the world" (John 4:42; 1 John 4:14) and the "Saviour of all men" in the sense that His work on the cross is sufficient to save all who will receive Him. No other person, no co-redeemer, but just our Lord and Saviour God.
There are eight other verses in the New Testament in which "Saviour" is taken as synonymous with "God." The final occurrence of "Saviour" is one of these, and it is in one of the greatest doxologies of the Bible. "To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen" (Jude 25).
As mentioned above there are many today who see the man Jesus as a great teacher and example, but who reject His deity. There are many others who believe in a cosmic deity of some kind, often calling it ‘Christ Consciousness’ but are unwilling to believe that He could become uniquely incarnate in a perfect man. How urgent it is that we believe and teach that our Creator must also become our Saviour if we are ever to be saved. We must "trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, especially of those that believe" (1 Timothy 4:10). Then we can rejoice with Mary in "God my Saviour."
May we stay close to our dear Lord and King and keep under his Mighty Hand