Salvation

“Salvation involves the whole person, body and soul. Salvation also includes the restoration of wholesome community among Christians. Its effects spill over into the entire social order…

No amount of good deeds in noble social action can earn divine forgiveness. The only way to enter Jesus’ kingdom is by accepting it as a gift (Luke 12:32). But kingdom people embrace kingdom values. Sixteen times the New Testament calls Jesus Savior. Four hundred times it calls him Lord.

We will not receive Christ’s unmerited forgiveness if we persist in rejecting him as Lord of our whole lives. We must ‘work out’ our salvation through lifelong discipleship that pursues purity and justice (Phil. 2:12). The God who made us for community insists that a right relationship with God is inseparable from right relationships with our neighbors.”

– Ron Sider in Churches That Make A Difference: Reaching Your Community With Good News and Good Works

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One Response to “Salvation”

  1. benjamin ady Says:

    “We will not receive Christ’s unmerited forgiveness if we persist in rejecting him as Lord of our whole lives.”

    What if I work on letting kindness/justice permeate my whole life? Is that enough even if I leave out the Jesus part?

    (I mean of course in either case we are speaking of the nearly impossible)

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