Calvin explains these simple but profound words from the angel to Joseph: “Call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
“Christ saves, he delivers us from sins. This deliverance consists of two parts. Having made a complete atonement, he brings us a free pardon, which delivers us from condemnation to death, and reconciles us to God. Again, by the sanctifying influences of his Spirit, he frees us from the tyranny of Satan, that we may live ‘unto righteousness,’ (2 Peter 2:24).” (John Calvin, Commentary on the Gospels at Matthew 1:21).
The 101 Bible Study meets Friday, December 16, at 6:30 p.m., in a home in the Astoria area. We will look at what God revealed to Joseph in a dream.