Salvation Topical Study

<p><strong><span class="heading-lg">Salvation in Scripture</span></strong></p><p><span class="body-copy">In these texts a<span class="body-copy">bove, salvation is for psalmists, for the lost, for the world, for mortals, for households, for Jews, for Greeks, for those who are waiting and those who are rejoicing. In other words, it is for human beings, who all need it. But, remembering that the biggest view of salvation in Scripture includes and surpasses the salvation of human beings, preachers may want to see human salvation within the context o</span>f the arrival of shalom (e.g., <a href="https://zeteosearch.org/search/Isaiah%2060">Isaiah 60</a> and <a href="https://zeteosearch.org/search/Isaiah%2065">Isaiah 65</a>), or its New Testament equivalent &mdash; the coming of the kingdom of God in its fullness (e.g., <a href="https://zeteosearch.org/search/revelation%2021">Revelation 21</a>)</span></p><ul><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Psalm%2062%3A1">Psalm 62:1</a>, from God comes our salvation</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Mark%2016%3A16">Mark 16:16</a>, believe, be baptized, and be saved</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Luke%2019%3A10">Luke 19:10</a>, the Son of Man came to save</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/John%203%3A16-17">John 3:16-17</a>, God so loved the world that the world might be saved through him</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Acts%204%3A12">Acts 4:12</a>, there is salvation in no one else</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Romans%201%3A16">Romans 1:16</a>, salvation for everyone who has faith</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Romans%2010%3A9-10">Romans 10:9-10</a>, if you confess Jesus is Lord, you will be saved</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Herbrews%209%3A28">Herbrews 9:28</a>, Christ will appear a second time to save those who are waiting for him</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/1%20Peter%201%3A8-9">1 Peter 1:8-9</a>, although you have not seen him, you love him</span></li></ul><div><p><span class="body-copy"><strong><span class="heading-sm">Salvation</span></strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;">A word </span><span class="body-copy">associated with health, wholeness, with general deliverance from evil.</span></p><ul><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Matthew%208%3A25">Matthew 8:25</a>, the disciples wake Jesus to save them</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Mark%2015%3A29-32">Mark 15:29-32</a>, Jesus mocked on the cross</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Acts%204%3A12">Acts 4:12</a>, salvation is found in no one else</span></li><li><span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Acts%2027%3A20">Acts 27:20</a>, the shipwreck</span></li></ul><p><strong><span class="body-copy"><span class="heading-sm">Forgiveness of Sins</span></span></strong></p><p><span class="body-copy">Especially Lukan, as in the gospel frame.</span></p><ul><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Luke%201%3A67-80">Luke 1:67-80</a>, Zechariah&#39;s song</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Luke%2024%3A47">Luke 24:47</a>, repentance of sins to all nations will be preached</span></li></ul><p><strong><span class="body-copy"><span class="heading-sm">Justification</span></span></strong></p><p><span class="body-copy">To justify is to &quot;rectify,&quot; to &quot;put in the right relation,&quot; especually through pardon.&nbsp;</span></p><ul><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Romans%203%3A21">Romans 3:21</a>, righteousness through faith</span></li></ul><p><strong><span class="body-copy"><span class="heading-sm">Righteousness</span></span></strong></p><p><span class="body-copy">A word for a whole way of life, including right relations, right speech, right actions, and right obedience to God through Scripture.</span></p><ul><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Matthew%205%3A20">Matthew 5:20</a>, unless your righteousness surpasses the Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven</span></li></ul><p><strong><span class="body-copy"><span class="heading-sm">Reconciliation</span></span></strong></p><p><span class="body-copy">Restoration of a broken relationship, whether personal or cosmic.</span></p><ul><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Colossians%201%3A20">Colossians 1:20</a>, Jesus reconiled all things to himself on the cross</span></li></ul><p><strong><span class="body-copy"><span class="heading-sm">Life</span></span></strong></p><p><span class="body-copy">To have life, or abundant life, is to flourish.&nbsp;</span></p><ul><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/John%201%3A4">John 1:4</a>, in Christ there is life</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/John%203%3A15-16">John 3:15-16</a>, everyone who believes in him will have eternal life</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/John%2020%3A31">John 20:31</a>, these things are written that you might have life in Jesus&#39; name</span></li></ul><p><strong><span class="body-copy"><span class="heading-sm">Liberation</span></span></strong></p><p><span class="body-copy">Release of captives, especially captives of sin and of the devil.</span></p><ul><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Hebrews%202%3A14-15">Hebrews 2:14-15</a>, Jesus shared our humanity so that his death might free us</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Revelation%201%3A5">Revelation 1:5</a>, we are freed from our sins by Christ&#39;s blood</span></li></ul><p><strong><span class="body-copy"><span class="heading-sm">Redemption</span></span></strong></p><p><span class="body-copy">Deliverance from guilt, death, judgment, especially through a ransom or other &quot;payment&quot; </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Romans%C2%A03%3A24-25">Romans&nbsp;3:24-25</a>, we are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came in Jesus</span></li><li><span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Colossians%C2%A01%3A14-15">Colossians&nbsp;1:14-15</a>, we have redemption in Christ</span></li></ul><p><strong><span class="body-copy"><span class="heading-sm">Perfection</span></span></strong></p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;">Unique to Hebr</span><span style="font-size: 16px;">e</span><span style="font-size: 16px;">ws. Perfection is the human telos.</span></p><ul><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Hebrews%2012%3A2">Hebrews 12:2</a>, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the perfector of our faith</span></li></ul><div><p><span class="body-copy"><strong><span class="heading-sm">Images of God Putting Right what Is Wrong&nbsp;</span></strong></span></p><p><span class="body-copy">Biblical writers use a wealth of images for summarizing salvation, for God putting right what is wrong.</span></p><ul><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Matthew%207%3A24-27">Matthew 7:24-27</a>, foolish...wise...</span></li><li><span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Matthew%2011%3A28-29">Matthew 11:28-29</a>, </span><span style="font-size: 16px;">weary...at rest...</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Matthew%2018%3A21-35">Matthew 18:21-35</a>, in debt...solvent...</span></li><li><span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Mark%202%3A17">Mark 2:17</a>, sick...cured...</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Luke%2015%3A13%2C%2027">Luke 15:13, 27</a>, far away...at home...</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Luke%2015%3A17%2C%2024">Luke 15:17, 24</a>, hungry...fed...</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Luke%2015%3A24">Luke 15:24</a>, dead...alive...</span></li><li><span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Luke%2015%3A32">Luke 15:32</a>, lost...found...</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/John%204%3A13-14">John 4:13-14</a>, thirsty...watered...</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Romans%208%3A15-17">Romans 8:15-17</a>, slave...child...</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Romans%2011%3A17-24">Romans 11:17-24</a>, cut off...grafted on...</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Ephesians%202%3A19">Ephesians 2:19</a>, strangers...citizens...</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Ephesians%205%3A26-27">Ephesians 5:26-27</a>, soiled...cleansed...</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Colossians%202%3A13">Colossians 2:13</a>, dead...alive...</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Colossians%203%3A1">Colossians 3:1</a>, dead...alive...</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Colossians%203%3A9-10%2C%2012">Colossians 3:9-10, 12</a>, ill-clad...well-clad...</span></li></ul><div><ul><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/2%20Corinthians%208%3A9">2 Corinthians 8:9</a>, poor...rich...</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/1%20Peter%202%3A9">1 Peter 2:9</a>, in the dark...in the light...</span></li></ul><p><strong style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="heading-lg">Reflections about Salvation</span></strong></p></div></div></div><p><span class="body-copy"><strong><span class="heading-sm">Christians take a very big view of redemption</span></strong></span></p><p><span class="body-copy">At th<span class="body-copy">eir best, Christians take a very big view of redemption because they take a very big view of fallenness. If all has been created good and all has been corrupted, then all must be saved. God isn&#39;t content to save souls; God wants to save bodies too. God isn&#39;t content to save human beings in their individual activities; God wants to save social systems and economic structures too. If the management/labor structure contains built-in antagonism, then it needs to be redeemed. If the health care delivery system reaches only the well-to-do, then it needs to be reformed. The same goes for hostile relationships of race, gender, or class. The same goes for proud and scornful attitudes among heterosexuals toward homosexuals. Landlord and tenant, student and teacher, husband and wife &mdash; these and countless other roles and relationships may develop warped expectations and unfair practices. The same goes for certain forms of popular entertainment, with their tendency to violate taboos in order to </span>gain an edge, draw a crowd, and make a buck.</span></p><p><span class="body-copy">Everything corrupt needs to be redeemed, and t<span class="body-copy">hat includes the whole natural world, which both sings and groans. The whole natural world, in all its glory and pain, needs the salvation that will bring shalom. The world isn&#39;t divided into a sacred realm and a secular realm, with redemptive activity confined to the sacred zone. The whole world belongs to God, the whole world has fallen, and so the whole world needs to be redeemed &mdash; every last person, place, organization, and program. All &quot;rocks and trees and skies and seas.&quot; In fact, &quot;every square inch,&quot; as Abraham Kuyper said. The whole creation is &quot;a theater for the mighty works of God,&quot; first in </span>creation and then in re-creation&nbsp;<span class="body-copy-sm">(Kuyper, <em>Calvinism: Six Stone Foundation Lectures</em>}}, Eerdmans, 1943, p. 162).</span></span></p><p><span class="body-copy">The general idea in <span class="body-copy">salvation is that God puts right what is wrong, and God does so through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It encompasses literally everything that God restores, enhances, or provides for well-being, whether of persons, animals, lakes, groups of persons, planets &mdash; everything. Salvation can be found in a meal, a home, a people, a covenant, a sacrament, a word, a heart, a movement of history, i.e., all that is encompassed in shalom, or in &quot;the coming of the Kingdom of God&quot; or in &quot;reconciling to himself all things&quot; or in &quot;Behold! I make all things new.&quot; When we study faith, repentance, justificatio</span>n, freedom, prayer, and forgiveness, we should bear in mind that these &quot;nesting boxes&quot; fit inside much bigger ones.</span></p><p><span class="body-copy">Salvation is God&#39;s answer to human sin<span class="body-copy">and guilt, but also to their attendant miseries: slavery, folly, alienation, disorder, shame, darkness. Salvation isn&#39;t just from simple, single sins, but also from the whole matrix of sin-causing-misery-caus</span>ing sin.</span></p><p><strong><span class="heading-lg">Translation Insights about Salvation</span></strong></p><p><span class="body-copy"><strong><span class="heading-sm">Yemba</span></strong></span></p><p><span class="body-copy">In Yemba, a language spoken in <span class="body-copy">the central African nation of Cameroon, &ldquo;savior&quot; is translated <em>nzaʼ-ŋkhʉ</em>, which means &ldquo;the cutter of the cord.&rdquo; During the time of inter-tribal slavery in Cameroon, slaves were led in a line with rop</span>e around their necks connecting them to each other. A savior is the cutter of the cord, the one who frees a person from the bondage of slavery.</span></p>