Seven Images of Salvation

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Seven Images of Salvation

Post  Waqar Daniel on Fri 25 Nov 2011, 4:41 pm

The New Testament uses a wide range of images to express the richness of the work of Christ. We may describe these images as analogies, models or metaphors. Each gives part of the picture:

Ransom: a price paid to achieve someone’s freedom. The emphasis falls on the idea of being freed, not the nature of the price.

Redemption: "buying back," or for a slave, buying freedom.

Justification: being put right with God, as if declared by a court to be in the right.

Salvation: deliverance or rescue from a dangerous situation. The word can also suggest restoration to wholeness, a healing.

Reconciliation: the repair of a broken relationship. God reconciles us to him. He acts to restore a friendship, and we respond to his initiative.

Adoption: making us legal children of God. Faith brings about a change in our status, from outsider to family member.

Forgiveness: This can be seen in two ways. In legal or financial terms, forgiveness is like the cancellation of a debt. In terms of personal relationship, forgiveness means the setting aside of personal hurt or injury.

(Adapted from Alister McGrath, Understanding Jesus, pp. 124-135).


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the LORD Jesus Christ. (Philemon 1:3)

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