Jesus the Christ - Salvation

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Introduction Salvation is widely defined as the “preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin or loss”, though when defined in a theological sense, salvation is deliverance from sin and its consequences, believed by Christians to be brought about by faith in Christ”6 (definitions taken from the Oxford dictionary online edition 2014). In the Catholic tradition, the term Soteriology is used when dealing with the question of what salvation (taken from the Greek word soteria) is, more specifically, what is “salvation and how it is acquired”, which in conjunction with the aforementioned theological definition, compromises of the ‘study of the ways in which salvation is conceived and especially the manner in which it is connected with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ’ (McGrath4, 2011). The New Testament is comprised of twenty-seven books attributed to eight different writers, and from these books content Edwards, 5 writes that they contain five concepts that deal with the “transformation of human existence through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus”. These five concepts “express the meaning of Jesus for us”, the fifth and perhaps the most important of the concepts is salvation. When summarising salvation in the New Testament at the conclusion of his five concepts, Edwards writes that that “the very diversity of the New Testament theologies of salvation, and metaphors for salvation, both speak of the vitality of the early Church’s experience of God’s saving action, and also makes clear that for the New Testament church no one image or theology was absolute”. In saying this, Edwards the “diversity” of the experience of the faithful as part of the young church, meaning that God had no set encounter between the faithful and salvation, who met in a myriad of ways with “no one image” or perception being “absolute”. As well as the New Testament providing new
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