Category Archives: Salvation

John Frame: “The gospel is not limited to justification by faith. It is focused on God and his coming.”

The gospel is good news about the coming of a King. This is plain in Isaiah, where the prophet gives us important background for understanding “gospel”: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, … Continue reading

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C.E.B. Cranfield’s one-sentence summary of Romans 3:24-26

C.E.B Cranfield, professor of theology at Durham University for much of the second half of the 20th century: We take it that what Paul’s statement that God purposed Christ as a propitiatory victim means is that God, because in His … Continue reading

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Eckhard Schnabel: “Paul was a missionary, not a religionist involved in a dialogue.”

After working through Paul’s teaching in Romans 1:18-32 and Acts 17:22-31, Schnabel responds to a document (“Ecumenical considerations for dialogue and relations with people of other religions”) put out by the World Council of Churches in 2002: While the apostle … Continue reading

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John Stott: “Our parentage is either divine or diabolical.”

Commenting on 1 John 3:10 (“By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not … Continue reading

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Millard Erickson on the instantaneous nature and abiding effects of the new birth

Further, it appears that the new birth is itself instantaneous. Nothing in the descriptions of the new birth suggests that it is a process rather than a single action. It is nowhere characterized as incomplete. Scripture speaks of believers as … Continue reading

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John Piper on racial reconciliation and Ephesians 2:11-22: “The issue of racial prejudice…is not a social issue; it’s a blood-of-Jesus issue.”

[The] issue of racial prejudice and snubbing and suspicion and mistreatment is not a social issue; it is a blood-of-Jesus issue. I could base that on many passages where love is rooted in the death and resurrection of Jesus… The … Continue reading

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John Piper: “[God’s glory] is no isolated note in the symphony of redemptive history.”

God’s ultimate commitment is to himself and not to us. And therein lies our security. God loves His glory above all… This is no isolated note in the symphony of redemptive history. It is the ever-recurring motif of the all-sufficient … Continue reading

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