Quotes for Topic: Salvation-defined
Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.
The inability to love, obey, or please God is the very essence of human depravity. And the only solution to that predicament is the re-creative work of God (2 Cor. 5:17). That is why Jesus told Nicodemus, "You must be born again" (John 3:7). "Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (v. 3). This is what salvation is all about: God miraculously changes the nature of those whom He redeems, so that they are drawn to the very same righteousness they formerly hated. This was the central promise of the New Covenant.
Reference: The Battle for the Beginning, 2001, p. 197.
The death of Christ is the wisdom of God by which the love of God saves sinners from the wrath of God, and all the while upholds and demonstrates the righteousness of God.
Reference: Desiring God, Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1996, p. 60, used by permission, www.desiringGOD.org.
The biblical portrait of salvation centers around the antithesis between the greatness of God and the desperate condition of humanity (George Thornbury).
Reference: Who Will Be Saved? Edited by: House, Paul and Thornbury, Gregory. Crossway, 2000, p. 222.
Salvation in Three Tenses: Past, from sin’s penalty, immediate, secured by Christ’s death- Rom. 1:16; Acts 28:18, 16:31; Rom. 10:10; 1 Cor. 15:2; 2 Tim. 1:9. Present, from sin’s power, continuous by Christ’s life- Heb. 7:25; Rom. 5:9; James 1:23; 1 Tim. 4:6; Phil. 2:12. Future, from sin’s presence, prospective at Christ’s coming- Rom. 13:11; Heb. 9:28; Phil. 3:20; 1 Thes. 5:8.
Reference: The Book of 750 Bible and Gospel Studies, 1909, George W. Noble, Chicago.