Christ, Mighty to Save!

William Nicholson, 1862

"Mighty to save!" Isaiah 63:1

This chapter is generally supposed to refer to Christ's triumphs on the cross for all his people. It commences with a most interesting truth the might or power of Christ to save. No object on earth can vie in importance with the salvation of the soul.

I. The Ruined Condition of Man Required a Mighty Savior.

As salvation implies deliverance, it is evident that man was in a state of wretchedness, danger, and exposed to the wrath to come, when Christ came to save. Luke 19:10. He has lost God's image, his purity, his favor and communion. He has broken his laws; he is a traitor, and condemned to perish.

That this is the state of man, is proved by Scripture. Romans 3:11,12, etc. Man is so awfully ruined by sin, that the most striking figures are employed to represent it. Man is stated to be diseased, leprous, blind, naked, in beggary, a debtor, a prisoner, a captive, and as dead.

This ruination is universal. It has ruined the whole of man's body and all the powers, purity, and happiness of his soul.

It has made man, therefore, spiritually impotent. He cannot deliver himself.

What a loss has man sustained! It is enough to make an angel weep. Think of his being created in righteousness, etc. and now resembling a demon, etc.

Awful reflection! the sinner is insensible to his danger. He is asleep on the edge of the precipice of perdition. The dread disease of sin is devastating his soul yet he feels not his danger!

II. Christ is Mighty to Save.

1. He is divine. The only begotten Son of God; "the brightness of," etc. John 1:1-4, and other passages.

2. He became incarnate, that he might suffer, and bleed, and die, for "without shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin." John 1:14; Hebrews 8:3; 2:14, 15.

He was not only an excellent and holy man, but was God. Romans 9:5; Hebrews 1:3; Philippians 2:6.

3. The design of his mission was to save. For this sublime purpose, he was delegated, 1 John 5:11. He was consecrated as the foundation, Isaiah 28:16. His name is Jesus, the Savior Matthew 1:21. God declared him to be his Son. Matthew 3:17. "He was manifested to destroy the works of the devil."

4. Christ has done all that was necessary to save man. He has fulfilled the law; endured its penalty; expiated transgression by the shedding of his blood, 2 Corinthians 8:9; Philippians 2:7, 8. He conquered man's spiritual foes, and rose to Heaven as a mighty conqueror. Hebrews 9:24, and to intercede for his people.

Observe now the display of his power. His power to save as Mediator, is founded on the efficacy of his atonement. Romans 1:4; Matthew 28:18.

1. He is mighty to save from the law's curse, Galatians 3:13. He who believes, is delivered from condemnation. Acts 13:39.

2. He is mighty to save from the defilement of sin. He can take the plague of sin away, and heal the leprosy of the soul. Zech. 13:1; 1 John 1:9.

3. He is mighty to save from the power and malice of Satan. Colossians 1:13.

4. He is mighty to save from all consequences of sin:
the fear and sting of death,
the dominion of the grave,
and the wrath to come.

5. His might or power to save, includes elevation to glory body raised united to soul and both glorified.

III. What is Necessary to Realize His Saving Power.

1. A deep conviction of ruin; that we are ready to perish.

2. A knowledge of Christ as the mighty Savior.

3. A conviction that we need such a Savior.

4. A cordial approval of the method in which he saves.

5. The renouncement of all self-dependence, and faith in Christ. It is the surrender of the soul to this mighty Savior; it is "trusting in him for all that the soul needs." Ephesians 1:13


1. What encouragement to the despairing sinner!

2. How important that all should inquire after salvation!

3. How great the danger of those who reject it!