January 28, 2008

Salvation and Conversion as Imperatives

NKJ Acts 2:40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation."

"Be saved" is a command. One should not say that God commands men to repent but doesn't command men to be saved. He commands both, but to be saved through his gospel terms, i.e., faith and repentance. This should be basic theology, but apparently the point has to be made.

Also, this is nothing new:

NKJ Isaiah 45:22 "Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.

One might also note that conversion is salvation (as well as a command):

NKJ Acts 3:19 "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,

"If God desires people to repent of sin, then certainly he desires them to be saved, for salvation is the fruit of such repentance."

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