Matthew 1:21 - Jesus Saves Us From Sin; Past, Present And Future.

Mat.1:21: Jesus Saves Us From Sin; Past, Present And Future.

CONTENT; What's in the verse; Translations; Paraphrase; Word 

Mat 1:21 (KJV)  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt 
call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 

Mat 1:21 (EAV)  She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name 
Jesus [the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua, which means Savior], for 
He will save His people from their sins [that is, prevent them from 
failing and missing the true end and scope of life, which is God]. 

Jesus: "The Lord Shall Save." [Nelson SB]

 is the Greek form of  which means  [NIV SB] 

"Jesus" is the Greek form of "Joshua." The name means "the Lord 
saves." Jesus' name identified him as the one who would bring God's 
promised salvation. The baby Jesus would be born to save His people from 
their sins. (Life Application Commentary) 

The name "Jesus" (1:21), a Greek form of the Hebrew name 
"Joshua," means "Salvation is of God." His name revealed the redemptive 
nature of his ministry. [New Bible Companion] 

Jesus, His name, like Joshua, its Hebrew equivalent, meant 
"Yahweh (the LORD) saves.'' [Disciple SB] 

Jesus In Hebrew, "Yeshua," meaning "Yahweh [the distinctive name 
of the God of Israel] is my salvation." [Cambridge Annotated SB]  

His People: The words "his people" form a mystery to be unfolded 
in the pages of Matthew's Gospel. Who were "his people," and how 
would Jesus save them from their sins? The answers to these questions 
will be found in the unfolding story of Jesus' life, death, and 
resurrection. (Life Application Commentary) 

CONTEXT; What's around the verse; Overview; Topic:

Jesus' genealogy established His descent from Abraham and David 
(1:1-17). His virgin birth fulfilled Isaiah's prophecy (vv. 18-25). Other 
events (2:1-23) prove that Jesus is indeed the Messiah predicted by the 
Old Testament prophets. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 


Conception and Birth of Jesus
The Birth of Jesus the Messiah
The Virgin Birth of Jesus  (1:18-25)
An angel appears to Joseph  (1:18-25)
Joseph adopts Jesus as his son  (1:18-25)

The birth of Jesus is the first of Matthew's five opening 
stories based on Old Testament themes or quotations: [Cambridge 
Annotated SB]  

The conception and birth of Jesus Christ are supernatural events 
beyond human logic or reasoning. Because of this, God sent angels to 
help certain people understand the significance of what was happening 
(see Matthew 2:13, 19; Luke 1:11, 26; Luke 2:9). [Life Application 

The angel declared to Joseph that Mary's child was conceived by 
the Holy Spirit and would be a son. This reveals an important truth 
about Jesus--he is both God and human. The infinite, unlimited God took 
on the limitations of humanity so he could live and die for the 
salvation of all who would believe in him. [Life Application SB] 

To make atonement for the sin of man, Jesus had to be human. To 
have the authority to forgive sin and the ability to live sinlessly, 
He had to be God. The virgin conception is the way through which 
God accomplished this combination in one Person -- Jesus Christ. 
[Believer's SB] 

That God used women and men to accomplish His purpose of 
redemption is nowhere clearer than in the story of the virgin birth. Three 
times in this section (vv 18,20,25) Mary is described as having had no 
"union'' with Joseph. We cannot explain the virgin birth. It is another 
instance of miracle being exception to the natural order of things. In 
faith we accept the simple truth of the Holy Spirit's action and 
praise God for keeping His promises and sending our Savior. Against the 
backdrop of Jesus' ministry and the miracle of the resurrection, it is 
not so difficult to believe in the virgin birth... The virgin birth 
was God's chosen way to become incarnate: the invisible, spiritual 
God became human. [Disciple SB] 

The Hebrew term 'almah means "young woman," and while it is 
typically used of young unmarried women, it lacks the technical force of 
"virgin." However, there is no question about the Greek word Matthew chose 
here: parthenos. This is a young woman who has never had sexual 
relations with a man... The message, that Mary was pregnant by the Holy 
Spirit, was accepted by Joseph, as it has been by Christians throughout 
history. The name, "Immanuel," explains the implications. The Child 
conceived by the Holy Spirit is Himself God: God, come to be "with us," 
not simply as a presence, but as one of us. Why the name "Jesus"? 
The name means "deliverer" or "saviour," and expresses the purpose 
of His coming. God became one of us in order to "save His people 
from their sins." Some who claim to be Christians do deny the Virgin 
Birth. Yet if Jesus was not both God and man, united through a miracle 
in Mary's womb, He was merely a man. And no mere man, doomed to 
struggle with his own sins, would be free to save us from ours. Without 
the Virgin Birth there is no biblical Christianity. With it, our 
destiny is secure. For with it, the Jesus on whom we rely is God, and as 
God He guarantees the salvation He won for us on Calvary. [The 
365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

Despite what people may assume, Matthew wasn't interested in 
having us meet "Baby Jesus." We know, because over and over this Gospel 
writer quoted from the Old Testament. And the passages he selected and 
applied directly to Christ are passages that insist we see not an Infant 
but a King; not a Babe, but the Master of the universe. 
Who is Jesus to Matthew? Matthew 1:23 identifies Him with a 
virgin-born Child predicted by Isaiah. What did Isaiah say about Him? He is 
"Immanuel," a name that in Hebrew means "With Us Is GOD!" Look at the Babe 
in the manger, not with mild affection, but in awe. For in this 
Child all the glory of God shines through. 
Matthew also quoted from Micah 5, which predicted the birth in 
Bethlehem of a Ruler who would be the Shepherd of God's people Israel. 
Looking in Micah, we discover that "He will stand and shepherd His flock 
in the strength of the LORD." In fact, "in the majesty of the name 
of the LORD His God." His people will be secure, for His greatness 
will "reach to the ends of the earth." Why not, when His strength is 
the strength of God, and His majesty the name of the LORD, which He 
bears! [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

"Napoleon was right when he said, 'I know men, and I tell you, 
Jesus is more than a man. Comparison is impossible between Him and any 
other human being who ever lived, because He was the Son of God.' 
Emerson was right when he replied to those who asked him why he did not 
include Jesus among his Representative Men, 'Jesus was not just a man.' 
Arnold Toynbee was right when he said, 'As we stand and gaze with our 
eyes fixed upon the farther shore a simple figure rises from the 
flood and straightway fills the whole horizon of history. There is the 
Savior.'" Billy Graham [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

CROSS REFERENCES; What's in verses elsewhere.

Isaiah 12:2 (KJV)  Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, 
and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; 
he also is become my salvation.  

Isaiah 45:22 (KJV)  Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends 
of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.  

Ezekiel 36:25-29 (KJV)  Then will I sprinkle clean water upon 
you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all 
your idols, will I cleanse you. [26] A new heart also will I give 
you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the 
stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 
[27] And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my 
statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. [28] And ye shall 
dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my 
people, and I will be your God. [29] I will also save you from all your 
uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no 
famine upon you.  

Luke 1:35 (KJV)  And the angel answered and said unto her, The 
Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall 
overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee 
shall be called the Son of God.  

John 1:29 (KJV)  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, 
and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the 

Acts 4:12 (KJV)  Neither is there salvation in any other: for 
there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must 
be saved.  

Ephes. 5:25-27 (KJV)  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ 
also loved the church, and gave himself for it; [26] That he might 
sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, [27] That 
he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, 
or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and 
without blemish.  

Col. 1:20-23 (KJV)  And, having made peace through the blood of 
his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I 
say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. [21] And 
you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked 
works, yet now hath he reconciled: [22] In the body of his flesh 
through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in 
his sight: [23] If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, 
and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have 
heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; 
whereof I Paul am made a minister;  

Titus 2:14 (KJV)  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem 
us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, 
zealous of good works.  

Hebrews 7:25 (KJV)  Wherefore he is able also to save them to 
the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to 
make intercession for them.  

1 John 1:7 (KJV)  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the 
light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus 
Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  

1 John 2:1-2 (KJV)  My little children, these things write I 
unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate 
with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: [2] And he is the 
propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of 
the whole world.  

COMMENTARY / APPLICATION: Moving From The Head To The Heart
What is God teaching here? What does it teach about Jesus?

Jesus died, not to save man IN his sins, but FROM his sins. Man 
is to leave the error of his ways, to follow the example of Christ, 
to take up his cross and follow Him, denying self, and obeying God 
at any cost. [4T250] 

Sin had bound men (Rom. 6:16; 2 Peter 2:19) in its prison house 
(Isa. 42:7). Christ came that He might loose the bonds, open the 
prison doors, and deliver the captives from the sentence of death (Isa. 
61:1; Rom. 7:24, 25). He came to save us from our sins, not in our 
sins. He came, not only to save us from sins actually committed, but 
from our potential tendencies that lead to sin (Rom. 7:23-5; 1 John 
1:7, 9). He came to redeem us from "all iniquity" (Titus 2:14),... He 
did not come to "restore again the kingdom to Israel" (Acts 1:6), 
but to restore the dominion of God in the hearts of men (Luke 17:20, 
21). Christ did not come primarily to save men from poverty and 
social injustice (Luke 12:13-15), as many apostles of the social gospel 
claim today, but from sin, the fundamental cause of poverty and 
injustice. [SDA Commentary] 

If we would know what Christ wants to be to us, we must first of 
all know Him as our Saviour from sin.  When the angel came down from 
heaven to proclaim that He was to be born into the world, you remember 
he gave His name,  "He shall be called Jesus, for he shall save his 
people from their sins."  HAVE WE BEEN DELIVERED FROM SIN?  He did not 
come to save us in our sins, but from our sins... I have little 
sympathy with the idea that God comes down to save us, and then leaves us 
in prison, the slaves of our besetting sins.  No; He has come to 
deliver us, and to give us victory over our evil tempers, our passions, 
and our lusts.  Are you a professed Christian, but one who is a 
slave to some besetting sin?  If you want to get victory over that 
temper or that lust, go on to know Christ more intimately.  He brings 
deliverance for the past, the present, and the future. D. L. Moody; [Time 
with God SB] 

Our daily expression of holiness is a reflection of our faith in 
Christ.  If we have no desire to be holy, we should seriously question 
the genuineness of our faith in the Lord Jesus. 
Christ not only died to save us from the punishment for our 
sins, but also from slavery to sin in this worldly culture.  To 
continue to live in sin as a Christian is contradictory to the most basic 
meaning of Christianity.  Christ died to save us from our sins, not to 
let us remain in our sins (Mat.1:21; 1Jo.1:6,7).  What kind of 
person would want to follow Christ and not desire to live a holy 
Holiness, then, is not an option for the believer.  Paul wrote 
to Titus, "For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of 
all men, training us to renounce irreligious and worldly passions, 
and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world" 
(Tit.2:11,12).  Though holiness is not a condition for salvation, it is the 
natural consequence of salvation.  We do not become holy in order to be 
saved, but because we are saved.  We do not do good works to get to 
heaven, but because heaven has already come into our hearts. 
To trust Christ for salvation is to trust him for holiness.  If 
there is no desire for holiness within, then it is doubtful that the 
Holy Spirit has come to dwell within.  The Holy Spirit does not save 
us without giving us the desire to live a holy life. Floyd McClung; 
[Time With God SB]  

Christ invites all to come to Him, but when they come, they are 
to lay aside their sins. All their vices and follies, all their 
pride and worldliness, are to be laid at [the foot of] His cross. This 
He requires because He loves them, and desires to save them; not in 
their sins but from their sins. [UL169] 

Christ has given us no assurance that to attain perfection of 
character is an easy matter. A noble, all-round character is not 
inherited. It does not come to us by accident. A noble character is earned 
by individual effort through the merits and grace of Christ. God 
gives the talents, the powers of the mind; we form the character. It 
is formed by hard, stern battles with self. Conflict after conflict 
must be waged against hereditary tendencies. We shall have to 
criticize ourselves closely, and allow not one unfavorable trait to remain 
uncorrected. Let no one say, I cannot remedy my defects of character. If you 
come to this decision, you will certainly fail of obtaining 
everlasting life. The impossibility lies in your own will. If you will not, 
then you can not overcome. The real difficulty arises from the 
corruption of an unsanctified heart, and an unwillingness to submit to the 
control of God.  COL331 

'Jesus' means "the LORD saves." Jesus came to earth to save us 
because we can't save ourselves from sin and its consequences. No matter 
how good we are, we can't eliminate the sinful nature present in all 
of us. Only Jesus can do that. Jesus didn't come to help people 
save themselves; he came to be their Savior from the power and 
penalty of sin. Thank Christ for his death on the cross for your sin, 
and then ask him to take control of your life. Your new life begins 
at that moment. [Life Application SB] 

"He shall save his people from their sins." -- Matthew 1:21
Many persons, if they are asked what they understand by 
salvation, will reply, "Being saved from hell and taken to heaven." This is 
one result of salvation, but it is not one tithe of what is 
contained in that boon. It is true our Lord Jesus Christ does redeem all 
his people from the wrath to come; he saves them from the fearful 
condemnation which their sins had brought upon them; but his triumph is far 
more complete than this. He saves his people "from their sins." Oh! 
sweet deliverance from our worst foes. Where Christ works a saving 
work, he casts Satan from his throne, and will not let him be master 
any longer. No man is a true Christian if sin reigns in his mortal 
body. Sin will be in us--it will never be utterly expelled till the 
spirit enters glory; but it will never have dominion. There will be a 
striving for dominion--a lusting against the new law and the new spirit 
which God has implanted--but sin will never get the upper hand so as to 
be absolute monarch of our nature. Christ will be Master of the 
heart, and sin must be mortified. The Lion of the tribe of Judah shall 
prevail, and the dragon shall be cast out. Professor! is sin subdued in 
you? If your life is unholy your heart is unchanged, and if your 
heart is unchanged you are an unsaved person. If the Saviour has not 
sanctified you, renewed you, given you a hatred of sin and a love of 
holiness, he has done nothing in you of a saving character. The grace 
which does not make a man better than others is a worthless 
counterfeit. Christ saves his people, not in their sins, but from them. 
"Without holiness no man shall see the Lord." "Let every one that nameth 
the name of Christ depart from iniquity." If not saved from sin, how 
shall we hope to be counted among his people. Lord, save me now from 
all evil, and enable me to honour my Saviour. [Morning and Evening 
by Charles H. Spurgeon] 

"Thou shalt call his name Jesus." -- Matthew 1:21
When a person is dear, everything connected with him becomes 
dear for his sake. Thus, so precious is the person of the Lord Jesus 
in the estimation of all true believers, that everything about him 
they consider to be inestimable beyond all price. "All thy garments 
smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia," said David, as if the very 
vestments of the Saviour were so sweetened by his person that he could not 
but love them. Certain it is, that there is not a spot where that 
hallowed foot hath trodden--there is not a word which those blessed lips 
have uttered--nor a thought which his loving Word has revealed--which 
is not to us precious beyond all price. And this is true of the 
names of Christ--they are all sweet in the believer's ear. Whether he 
be called the Husband of the Church, her Bridegroom, her Friend; 
whether he be styled the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world--the 
King, the Prophet, or the Priest--every title of our Master--Shiloh, 
Emmanuel, Wonderful, the Mighty Counsellor--every name is like the 
honeycomb dropping with honey, and luscious are the drops that distil from 
it. But if there be one name sweeter than another in the believer's 
ear, it is the name of Jesus. Jesus! it is the name which moves the 
harps of heaven to melody. Jesus! the life of all our joys. If there 
be one name more charming, more precious than another, it is this 
name. It is woven into the very warp and woof of our psalmody. Many of 
our hymns begin with it, and scarcely any, that are good for 
anything, end without it. It is the sum total of all delights. It is the 
music with which the bells of heaven ring; a song in a word; an ocean 
for comprehension, although a drop for brevity; a matchless oratorio 
in two syllables; a gathering up of the hallelujahs of eternity in 
five letters.  
"Jesus, I love thy charming name,
'Tis music to mine ear." [Morning and Evening by Charles H. 

1. Jesus saves us from all past sin by His death on the cross.
1Jo.1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to 
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 
2. Jesus saves us from present sin by the gift of the Holy 
Gal.5:16 Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of 
the flesh. 
John 15:4  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear 
fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except 
ye abide in me.  
1Th.5:17 Pray without ceasing.
3. Jesus saves from future sin by glorification.
1Co.15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last 
trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised 
incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on 
incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this 
corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put 
on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is 
written, Death is swallowed up in victory. [source unknown] 

Jesus came to earth to save us because we can't save ourselves 
from sin and its consequences. No matter how good we are, we can't 
eliminate our alienation from God. Only Jesus can do that. Jesus didn't 
come to help people save themselves; he, and he alone, came to be 
their Savior from the power and penalty of sin. Thank Jesus for his 
death on the cross for your sin, and then ask him to take control of 
your life. Your new life begins at that moment. (Life Application