Everything is not alright apart from Christ. But, we have hope in Christ, and Christ alone; he makes all things new and reconciles us to himself.
Monday, June 04, 2012
The offer of salvation
'...the message that is passed on does not simply say, 'Everything is now all right, because God has reconciled the world to himself'; rather it says, 'We urge you on behalf of Christ: be reconciled to God'. Sinful humanity is thus called to respond to God's initiative, and it is evident that without the answering response no reconciliation can take place. The offer must be accepted; peaceful relationships must be initiated. The clear implication is that if people do not respond to the gospel, they continue to live in alienation from God.”—New Testament Theology, page 295