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Speech and Salvation

Lionel Windsor has written some excellent short posts on the word-y nature of salvation and therefore the word-y nature of our Christian lives:

1. Are all Christians commanded to evangelise?

2. "But I'm not good enough to evangelise!"

3. "But I'm not gifted enough to evangelise!"

4. "But I'm not really a 'speaking' Christian!"

5. "But I can promote the gospel better by my works!"

6. "But I'm not the mouth in Christ's body!"

7. "But I'm more comfortable speaking the gospel to insiders rather than outsiders."

8. "But I can't do what those gifted evangelists do!"

The whole thing is very worth reading.  I particularly enjoyed Lionel's analysis of the relationship between: words / law / gospel in Romans.  In Romans 1-3 words are a disaster area because we're in the arena of law.  "Word" only convicts us or make us hypocrites.  Really it's only once we get to Romans 10 that words become a good thing.  But more than this - they become the very essence of our salvation.  Words go from condemning to life-giving through the gospel.  (Therefore, if we're feeling condemnation surround our 'gospel' speech, perhaps it's because we're thinking in law not gospel terms!)

All this follows the pattern (as the third post points out) of Sin => Salvation => Speech evident in places like Deuteronomy 32; Psalm 51 and Isaiah 51.

Read the whole thing!

0 thoughts on “Speech and Salvation

  1. woldeyesus

    We evangelize in vain without relaying people from our testimonies to the the kind of death Jesus suffered which alone can save.
    (John 12: 32-33; 14: 18-21; 19: 30-37)

  2. woldeyesus

    The essence of salvation is in being drawn to Jesus Christ by the kind of death he suffered, viz.: Spirit-active, perfect with transferable immortality (eternal life).

    Any other kind of salvation is disguised "angel of light". (2 Cor. 11: 1-15)

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