Concerning being delivered via what is called salvation, several ideas are used in the scripture to help us understand that we are a fallen race, and that we cannot save ourselves. We are said to be born again, transformed, transferred, heirs of God, citizens of a new nation and even part of its Royal Priesthood. Becoming a totally new creature is one of my favorites, as it does away with the past actions of foolishness.
Perhaps the most famous man of the reformation era, excluding Luther, as he was certain he would be the most famous, is Desiderius Erasmus. If you haven’t read much about him, I would advise against it. I found several pages of quotes attributed to him, and they are for the most part loaded. Here is one:
“By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade.” Erasmus.
Our times shout out the fact that myriads of religionists, psychologist, academics and snake oil proponents have “the” answer for life’s turmoil. But wait! That’s not all!
Erasmus had it right. However you say it, the only hope for mankind is Jesus Christ. Just the other day I used the statement made by Jesus Christ in John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
The above is not conducive to modern concepts, but what you believe does matter.
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