A final thought on our thirteenth study in Romans 3:21–26 (September 27, 2015) entitled, “The Vocabulary of Salvation.”
We all experience how biblically and doctrinally illiterate much of modern Christianity is today. One example of this is Ligonier Ministries’ “The State of Theology” survey. This situation should grieve our hearts as believers. And so it is so necessary to be different and to be catalysts for modern reformation. Why?
First, because God calls us to love him with our minds and because the word of Christ is life itself to our souls. And one of the ways we can do that is by learning the vocabulary of the Word of God such as that in Romans 3:21–26: justification, redemption, and propitiation.
Second, this is not mere learning of rote definitions. It’s also necessary to know these words and the concepts they represent because they are means of coming to know our Savior more closely. And by knowing him, we grow in the assurance that we are his body and soul in life and in death.
Let me encourage you to grow in your knowledge of the vocabulary of your salvation.
- Write down the key words you come across as you read your Bible.
- Utilize an historic expression of the Christian faith such as the Heidelberg Catechism or Westminster Shorter and Larger Catechisms, which give definitions and the verses they are drawn from.
- Use a study Bible like the ESV Study Bible or Reformation Study Bible that help in this way.
- Take time to talk about these words and the things you are learning with your friends, your spouse, and with your family to encourage one another.
May the God who spoke in the beginning continue to speak to us today!