I wish to provide no hesitation in offering the means of man’s salvation after presenting his dire need and depravity. Our wretched introspection must always recoil into the perspective of God’s redemption.
Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:24-25a)
Article 4: The Hope of Salvation
Of the Way of Salvation We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace (1), through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God (2); who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin (3); honored the divine law by his personal obedience (4), and by his death made a full atonement for our sins (5); that having risen from the death, he is now enthroned in heaven (6); and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all- sufficient Saviour (7).
Summary of Biblical Support: Ephesians 2:4-5, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—” takes salvation’s acclaim off the saved and on the Savior. Hebrews 9:13-15 shows the valuable parallel and fulfillment of Christ as the atoning sacrifice and high priest in the Old Testament, and moreover emphasizes God’s redemptive story. Personally, this typology gave me a greater view and understanding of God, specifically in regards to His unified principle of salvation running throughout the whole of the scripture’s narrative.
Support for this article would have been stronger if the article had also cited the follow up verses to Ephesians 2:5, including through verse 9.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:4-9)
Salvation ought to be completely directed to a vertical perspective that the false pride of man should be rightly crushed. This confessional means of salvation must take its proper place, and yield its forefront position. Yes, confession prefaces surrender to God, which stirs proclamation of His Son’s truth and Lordship, but it is, at most, a contingent piece of the procession of God’s work in a person. Christians’ testimony speak far too lengthily of their “walk down the aisle” or “prayer”, and far too less of God’s initiated, irreplaceable, and all-sufficient provision of salvation: the Gospel. Simply, the foremost inspection of the “conversion experience” of the Christian culture needs to be redirected to the gracious act of Jesus Christ above our “convinced” and “coerced” acknowledgment of an event. A hidden and sneaky scheme of satanic influence is most certainly the sickening reversal of soteriological source by Christians; this pride proves a misdirection of grace. Secondly, I believe it would be extremely beneficial if the NHC had referenced the historical account of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection found in the synoptic gospels or John’s Gospel.
Further thoughts on this idea can be found in one of my past posts: Intentions of Salvation – http://tterzek.tumblr.com/post/10306003680/intentions-of-salvation
Biblical Citation of the NHC:
- Eph. 2:5; Matt. 18:11; 1 John 4:10; 1 Cor. 3:5-7; Acts 15:11
- John 3:16; 1:1-14; Heb. 4:14; 12:24
- Phil. 2:6-7; Heb. 2:9, 14; 2 Cor. 5:21
- Isa. 42:21; Phil. 2:8; Gal. 4:4-5; Rom. 3:21
- Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 20:28; Rom. 4:25; 3:21-26; 1 John 4:10; 2:2; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Heb. 9:13-15
- Heb. 1:8, 3; 8:1; Col. 3:1-4
- Heb. 7:25; Col. 2:9; Heb. 2:18; 7:26; Psa. 89:19; Psa. 14