A Question I Was Asked:



In Your Statement of Faith: Are You Saying a Person can be Saved Without Trusting in Jesus?








In your statement of faith: are you saying a person can be saved without trusting in Jesus? what do you mean by "progressive revelation"?--are you saying that now we don`t have a true word of God in the Bible?



UK Apologetics Reply:

Hmm. I think there is some confusion here. Firstly, we do have a true Word of God in the Bible, the Bible contains everything God has chosen to reveal to Mankind right now.

In the 'Bible' section of the 'Statement of Faith,' I have this:

THE BIBLE

God reveals Himself to us through the Bible - which consists of Old and New Testaments, and nothing further. Every word was inspired by God even though transmitted through purely human authors. The Bible, in its original form, is in its entirety the Word of God and is fully reliable in fact and doctrine. It speaks with authority which is final and it is sufficient in matters of belief and practise. However, the wise and experienced biblical exegete will certainly recognise that revelation is progressive and that the fullest revelation from God to Man occurs in the New Testament, indeed, the New Testament can quite correctly be called 'The Book of the New Covenant.' This section of Scripture obviously has special relevance for Christians.

I don't think that I state anything there which is unusual or controversial, I think most evangelical theologians would agree with all of that, but perhaps you have misunderstood something. Since the coming of the Lord Jesus into human history we now obviously stand under the New Covenant, the old covenant mostly being concerned with the period of Moses and the Mosaic covenant (over 600 laws to be observed). 'Progressive revelation' simply means that we now know things which God had not yet fully revealed in earlier times, mainly the extensive knowledge of Jesus Christ and the divine plan of salvation. One could not fully understand some of those things without the New Testament, therefore, that is obviously progressive revelation. All Christians accept this, nothing odd there.

BE WARNED: Charismatics sometimes claim "progressive revelation," for extra-biblical revelations, please don't take them seriously. 'Progressive revelation' refers to the Bible canon alone.


You also ask me:

"are you saying a person can be saved without trusting in Jesus?"

Not sure what you mean there, but let me say this: If one is living in a time and place where the name of Jesus and the Gospel may be known then, yes, we are expected to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ; no question about it. Yet we must accept that millions have not been in such an advantageous position. No one is condemned to Hell because they did not live in a time and/or place in which the Name of Jesus of Nazareth could be known. Also you must remember that even the saved of the Old Testament, people like Moses, Aaron, Gideon, Joshua, Daniel and all the others, never heard the Name of Jesus! How so? Because He had not yet come into human history! Yet we know that they are only saved through Him.

The 'Salvation' section of our Statement of Faith, states this:

SALVATION

Salvation is entirely a matter of God's grace and cannot be merited nor earned by us. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and - during the present age - is offered through the Christian Gospel. God, in His love, forgives sinners whom He calls, granting us repentance and faith. All who believe in Jesus Christ are justified by faith alone. Good works result from this work of God, but they are the result - not the cause - of God's grace. True believers are adopted into the kingdom of God even in this present life; their souls then enter the presence of God at death, and - at the time of the resurrection - we fully inherit Eternal Life - body and soul. But Christian believers should not restrict the grace of God to the 'church-going' community in an exclusivist fashion, since there is much biblical evidence that God can call and save wherever He wills but He expects all to be faithful to as much spiritual knowledge as they have been granted (on several occasions the Old Testament mentions people who were bearers of God's grace even though they were not part of the community of Israel).

Hopefully, this addresses your questions, but there is extensive information on this website for any who want to probe in greater depth.

Robin A. Brace. February 14th, 2018.

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