God’s plan for a savior is fundamental to His plan of salvation. Messiah, or “lit. ’the anointed one,’ is a saviour or liberator of a group of people”. We can read about the life of this Messiah, Jesus Christ, in the four Gospels. However, looking at God’s plan for a savior is another dimension all together.
Knowing that a savior came is important, but understanding how it fulfilled a plan for a savior through history shows God’s profound wisdom and sovereignty.
How Scripture answers "What was God’s plan for a savior?"
God’s plan for a savior literally began at the beginning1. The picture of this Messiah develops throughout history:
- (Creation; ~4,000BC) He would be born of a woman1, therefore human.
- (~2,000BC) He would come from Abraham2 and all people would be blessed by Him through His sacrifice3.
- (~1,500BC) He would be a prophet of God4 – speaking God’s words – and a Jew.
- (~1,000BC) He would come from David5 and establish an eternal kingdom and throne.
- (~700BC) He would be born of a virgin6 and his name would be “God with us”.
The gospels all confirm that the savior was born in the person of Jesus Christ7 in the first century – the exact right time. God’s plan for a savior was fulfilled in Jesus Christ who confirmed His own Kingship over an eternal, spiritual kingdom8.
Answer built on scripture-blocks below
God would provide an offspring from woman (a human) that would ultimately defeat Satan in spite of Satan wounding him.
God promises Abraham an offspring that would form a great nation through which all people would be blessed.
The account of Abraham’s sacrifice of his only begotten foreshadows the Messiah’s sacrifice.
Like Moses, he would be a prophet (spokesman of God) and Jewish.
God promised King David an offspring that would become king of an everlasting throne/kingdom.
With now more specificity of the promise made in the Garden of Eden1, God through Isaiah reveals the savior would be born of a virgin and called “Immanuel” (God with us).
Jesus was from the seed of David4 and Abraham2 before him.
Jesus identifies himself as the King of a kingdom4 that is “not of this world” (e.g. spiritual, heavenly, eternal).
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