Romans 5.6-12 – Humility and salvation
Posted: 17 May 2011 in Romans

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

For many years I would read passages such as the one above, and think that they made absolutely no sense. How could it possibly be the case that somebody being nailed to a cross 2,000 years ago could have anything to do with justice or salvation? I could leave conservatives to believe in that sort of nonsense, but there was no way I could believe it. Gradually, however, I was brought to a realisation and acceptance of the fact that, actually, it wasn’t necessary for me to be able to make sense of something before that something could be true. The Bible is given to us precisely as a revelation of truths we wouldn’t otherwise be able to discover for ourselves. It is not given so that we, in our arrogance, can sit in judgment upon God’s revealed Word. It was precisely that kind of pridefulness which necessitated Christ’s sacrifice in the first place.

Theology and the physical sciences do, of course, employ very different methodologies; with each one being appropriate to their respective subjects. But they do have one thing in common, and that is the irrelevance of somebody’s ideas of what ought to be true in determining what is true.

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  • Lani St. John says:

    Yes! It WAS humility’s opposite (pride) that condemned us and necessitated Christ’s self-sacrifice, to deliver all who will believe him from being sinners both by nature and by choice…. As far as the irrelevance of somebody’s ideas of what ought to be true being inherent to both theology and the physical sciences–the interesting thing is that we also see WITHIN those two disciplines the irrelevance of others’ ideas in determining what is true. Theologians disagree amongst themselves every day, as do physicists and others related to that field.

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