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New Defender's Study Bible Notes

5:2 worthy. The Redeemer of the lost world must be a kinsman, that is, a man, not an angel or demon; but He must also be God, who is its true owner. He cannot be an ordinary man, for the world is lost precisely because of man’s sinful condition, and “there is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Romans 3:12). He must be both God and sinless man, to “take away the sin of the world” (John 1:29) and to reclaim it for Himself.

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