December 13, 2017

Salvation Grammar: Reformation’s Nouns & Prepositions

Over its first 1,300 years, “Christianity” increasingly separated from the Bible and developed a salvation grammar of its own. The Faith dislodged itself from the parameters of the Scripture’s epistemological (i.e., how we know what we know) foundation. The nouns of salvation were the same—grace, faith, works—except their meaning had been skewed by mere prepositions, those humble words critical for understanding nouns and phrases. At this 500th anniversary season of the evangelical Reformation, I have reflected on these prepositions with their presuppositions that direct the where, when, why, and most importantly, the how—how God’s salvation applies to all of us […]