Karl Black: Fanning the Flame
Salvation: The Full Story
The Beginning of the Story is Genesis 3 -> God said, "This is Good" = Shalom -> Peace -> Fullness -> Harmony
Creation -> Shalom
Fall -> Disconnect from God
Redemption -> Hebrews have a different understanding -> Ultimately it's the Cross
Restoration -> Return us to His Place -> This is the ongoing story that is the part that doesn't always get retold
Salvation is the process of Shalom back to Shalom.
Isaiah 52: Salvation = "Your God Reigns"
Four Conditions of Salvation in the New Testament:
1. You BELIEVE and TRUST Jesus as Lord
------ Romans 10:9-10
2. ACKNOWLEDGE Jesus Publicly
------ Romans 10:9-10; Luke 12:8
3. REPENT- Turn from sin to God
------ Mark 1:15; Acts 2:38
4. Be BAPTIZED for the forgiveness of sins
------ Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16
Baptism and what it meant:
A. Forgiveness of Sins - (Mark 1:4)
B. Receiving the Spirit - (Matthew 3:11)
C. Jesus' Specific calling - (Luke 12:50)
D. Change in allegiance to Christ - (Acts 19:5)
The term "Rescue" had a different mentality for the Hebrews that included much more than what we see it as and we can easily miss the total meaning of "Saved" if we focus on a single part.
Three Meta-Narratives that make up Salvation:
1. Priestly Sacrifice - A Static Moment in Time (John 3:14-15)
------ ATONEMENT for Sin ------ Access to God
The Hebrews saw this in the sacrifices made in the Temple. We see this in Jesus.
---------The Cross Happened, therefore We are Saved Enough---------
2. The EXODUS Narrative - A Journey through Time
------- from SLAVERY to FREEDOM------
God moved His people from Egypt to the Promised Land. Then when they cry out, he says, "Remember the Exodus?"
3. The EXILE Narrative - Movement in our lives.
------- MARGINALIZED to RESTORED -------
Examples: Prodigal Son & Zaccheus
We don't need to be re-saved or saved-er, we just need to re-access that freedom and true full salvation.