- Salvation is an important word. Without looking in a dictionary, list three words that come to mind when you hear this word. Look it up in standard dictionary and then look it up in a Bible dictionary. What is the difference between the common cultural usage of the word and the way Christians use the word?
- We think that when we pray to receive Christ in our hearts, then we receive the gift of salvation. The author of Revelation says that salvation belongs to the Father and the Son. Why?
- Those who sang these words are described below:
Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
What sort of experience would constitute a “great tribulation?” How does this reaction of the faithful to tribulation compare with the cultural momentum to create victims as a consequence of every thoughtless word? How do Christians escape Satan’s temptation to feel sorry for themselves when the culture scorns Christians and Christ himself?
What is Christ’s salvation worth? For what would you give it up?