Salvation 3

Today’s use of the word salvation comes from Luke 3:2-6

the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan River, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,

“The voice of one shouting in the wilderness:

‘Prepare the way for the Lord,

make his paths straight.

Every valley will be filled,

and every mountain and hill will be brought low,

and the crooked will be made straight,

and the rough ways will be made smooth,

and all humanity will see the salvation of God.”

Here we see John the Baptist preaching a “baptism of repentence”.  The writer of Luke links this ministry with Isaiah 40.  Interestingly, Isaiah 40 is a turning point in the book of Isaiah.  It is the start of the last third of the book, which up until that point has been a treatise on God’s greatness, Israel’s sin and prophecies of doom.  At Chapter 40, the book abruptly shifts into words of comfort and kindness from God to His people.

Once again, this salvation of God is not directed only to the Hebrews, but will be seen by all people.

A note: somehow it escaped me until today, but the word “salvation” is not used in the gospels of Matthew or Mark.  Yet, certainly the idea of salvation is not missing from the first two gospels.  So, I searched for “save” and “saved”.  There are a lot of entries for these two words.  The next use of “salavation” doesn’t show up until Luke 19.  So I think I’m just going to back track and start looking at the uses of “save” and “saved” in Matthew and Mark and then add salvation back into the mix once we get into Luke.

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3 thoughts on “Salvation 3

  1. Well i came across your blogs looking up women and there role in the bible………Well to tell you i am not a huge fan of the bible ,was doing alil research to point out things that a coworker keeps saying is fact in the bible…. Well as you can see i dont believe that was the case……

    when i went though your blog on the subject it got me intrested in reading some of your other post…… Well i have to say i cam away very impressed , but i have to say this is why are country is falling apart …….

    We as a nation are to divided and you cant fix problems when i side is yelling at the other……I like to think of myself as a American , not to the far left or right and sure not the middle……I believe in the Goverment taking charge in some things but need to back down in others…. I am completely against abortions but dont feel it is my right to tell them what they sould or shouldnt beable to do……. i believe that health care should be for all and not just some……. I bieve that for too long republicans have sat on there butts and took all that cash from big coperations and let them get away from murder……. I believe demacrates spend way to much money and make everything so compcated that they leave so many holes and so many people get left out and it becomes just another wastefull spending that our children have to suffer for…..

    I believe religion should not be in goverment , not cuz its a bad thing or that i dont believe in it… I do believe in God just not the God in the bible nor any other book of God……Religion is too full of Anger and hate….. Also religous people are to blind to there way the go into everything with a closed mind and only care about there way…… That would just add to one side yelling at the other and i would hope you would agree thats not what we need……

    We there you have it me ranting maybe i need to start my own blog up lol……well again i enjoyed your blogs and could find myself visiting them again……

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  2. Rebecca,

    Just this weekend I came across your blog on Teaching Creation Science or ID? I am a Christian geologist and a follower of Jesus Christ who is persuaded that the geological evidence is overwhelming that the earth is old.

    As Mickey wrote back in Feb of 2008, your article for homeschoolers is excellent and on target. As I have made some effort to warn parents here in Oklahoma where I live, this process is indeed challenging – they just do not want to hear, and it is emotionally charged.

    Thank you and may God be with you as you raise those children in nurture and admonition of the Lord.

    Blessings,

    Ken Wolgemuth

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