“The church can preach salvation and nurture the saved, but it cannot save. The church can preach, exhort, rebuke, and admonish against sin, it can proclaim the forgiveness of sin and it can give theological definition to sin, but the church cannot atone for sin.”
Who is Jesus? (Crucial Questions Series)
Matthew 1:19-21 (ESV)
19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.
20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying,
“Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife,
for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus,
for he will save his people from their sins.”
Oh what a happy people we are to know the Savior, who
all our sins.