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Wordwise Insight, Issue #094
June 14, 2012

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BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): When does the Bible first talk about salvation?

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Salvation First Mention

Question: Where is it first mentioned in the Bible about salvation? What is the Scripture?

Answer: Interesting question. And before we look for an answer, let me make several points to lay a foundation.

1) God’s revelation was progressive. That is, century by century, more was revealed about a particular subject–whether it was faith, prayer, the coming of Christ, or this subject of salvation. More and more is explained as we go along through the Scriptures.

That being so, it’s not until we get into Acts and the epistles (on this side of the cross, in other words) that the fullest explanation is given about how God saves lost sinners, and what the Lord Jesus did for us at Calvary.

The Old Testament saints couldn’t put their faith in the death of Christ, since He hadn’t come and died yet. They could only believe what God had revealed at that time.

The great prophetic puzzle, that continued to baffle believers until after the Lord’s resurrection, was how Christ (the Messiah) could come and rule in glory forever, if He also had to die (cf. Isa. 53:9). Christ’s death on the cross seemed like a great defeat (Lk. 24:20-21), but of course it wasn’t.

The prophets of olden times "inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you" (I Pet. 1:10). To them, "He [the Holy Spirit] testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow" (vs. 11). They wrote what God revealed to them, but didn’t fully understand it. Apparently, even the angels didn’t know the full story, as we now comprehend it (vs. 12).

2) In saying more is revealed about salvation, as we go through the Bible, I want to be very clear that this does not mean that the basic method of salvation changed. Salvation has always ...

For the rest of this article, click on Salvation First Mention.


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I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.

But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!

Through 2010, almanac entries dealt with what happened in hymn history on each day of the year. Beginning in 2011, I hope to analyze hymns from a biblical standpoint, linking to the material that has come before.

My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.

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