A Rescue Religion ?


Christianity is a rescue religion. It declares that God has taken the initiative in Jesus Christ to rescue us from our sins. This is the main theme of the Bible. You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. We have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world.1 More particularly, since, as we have seen, sin has three principal consequences, ‘salvation’ is about our liberation from them all. Through Jesus Christ the Saviour we can be brought out of exile and put right with God; we can be born again, receive a new nature and be set free from our moral bondage; and we can have the old discords replaced by a harmony of love. Christ made the first aspect of salvation possible by his suffering and death, the second by the gift of his Spirit and the third by the building of his church.

Stott, John (2012-06-08). Basic Christianity (IVP Classics) (Kindle Locations 1298-1308). InterVarsity Press. Kindle Edition.

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