Friday, October 05, 2018

Sadgrove & Wright: political salvation

Friday, October 5, 2018
    Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
    —Matthew 24:1-2 (NIV)
    The Old-Testament doctrine of salvation gives us no encouragement, on strictly hermeneutical grounds, to argue from what was true politically of Israel to what could or should be true of any modern political state. Even if we were first to grant the presence of a “Christendom” situation in which Church and State would be virtually coextensive, the nation of Israel would still remain [unique]. The focus of salvation is on the historical action of God in forming a people for Himself, and there is no indication anywhere in the Bible that God promises political salvation even inside the context of the full salvation of His people, let alone outside it.
    ... Michael Sadgrove (b. 1950) & N. T. Wright (b. 1948), “Jesus Christ the Only Saviour”, in The Lord Christ [1980], John Stott, ed., vol. 1 of Obeying Christ in a Changing World, John Stott, gen. ed., 3 vol., London: Fountain, 1977, p. 66 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 24:1-2; 1 Kings 9:6-8; Jer. 26:18; Eze. 7:20-22; Dan. 9:27; Mic. 3:12; Luke 19:41-44; 2 Pet. 3:10-11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have saved Your people.
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