Thursday, August 11, 2011

Saved through judgment

Everyone who gets saved is saved through judgment. All who flee to Christ and confess that he is Lord and that God raised him from the dead (Rom. 10:9) do so because they realize their need for a Savior. They realize their need for a Savior because they have become convinced that God is holy, that they are sinful, and that God will judge. In a sense, they feel the force of God's condemning justice. They sense the weight of the wrath that remains upon them (John 3:36), and they recognize that Jesus is their only hope. Thus, historically (in Christ on the cross) and existentially (in their own experience of the wrath of God that makes them feel their need for Christ) , believers are saved through judgment.

Hamilton, James M. God's Glory in Salvation through Judgment: a Biblical Theology. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2010. Print.

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