The Covenant and Salvation (2)

What is the Goal of Our Salvation?

In the previous lesson we saw that the Bible talks about salvation in broader terms than simply “Jesus dying on the cross” or “God forgiving our sins,” as important as those things are.  This panorama of salvation is laid out in the twin notions of the ordo salutis (order of salvation) and historia salutis (history of salvation).  We also talked about ways in which we can get the Gospel wrong in terms of mischaracterization, truncation, and addition.  Getting the Gospel wrong is a serious thing, as we were reminded by the Apostle Paul’s warning in Galatians 1:6-9.  In this lesson, we look at God’s purpose for man, which sets the basis for why God extended salvation to mankind after Adam fell.  Keeping this end goal in mind will help us understand salvation coherently. The goal of human life is bound up with the Covenant of Life God made with Adam—and through him, with his posterity—at creation.  This covenant established that man’s purpose was to bring glory to God by bearing God’s image and enjoying communion with Him.  This high stature accentuates the seriousness of the Fall; the covenantal relationship also explains why God would move to save man in what would be codified in the Covenant of Grace.

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden

Handout and Notes for Lesson 2

Handout for Lesson 3

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