Welcome to Episode 031 of the “Awakening with Nathanael Wolf” podcast and radio broadcast.
In this episode, Nathanael teaches on the truly amazing meaning of salvation.
In this episode, you’ll discover:
- Salvation is so much more than we ever dared imagine—infinitely beyond what we ever thought or hoped it could be.
- Salvation is complete and experiential union with God, through Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit.
- Salvation is more than forgiveness of sins, more than an intellectual acceptance of Christ and His teachings, and more than going to heaven when we die. In salvation we are given union with God through Christ, a right and full relationship with the Holy Trinity, and the restoration of our full humanity.
Notable episode quotes:
“According to (Mathias) Scheeben (1834-1888), the Christian sonship of which Scripture speaks, and which the Fathers expound, is not meant, he says, “by simple analogy or resemblance” with the eternal Sonship of the second Person of the Trinity, but in “literal truth”. This is an astonishing claim. By “literal truth”, Scheeben does not mean to abolish the personal distinction between the natural Son of the Father and the adoptive sons of God, but rather to emphasise the point that the predication “son of God” for the Christian is, somehow, warranted ontologically. Our sonship is not meant, he insists, “in some vague way”, but insofar as “the most important relations existing between a son and a father are present in our relations of sonship to God.” Above all else, this involves the real imparting of the divine nature to man—a finite communication of that same nature infinitely communicated to the eternal Son. Now, if the Son is one with the Father (Jn 10: 30), he is so “because He has the same nature” as he; likewise, insists Scheeben, “we too are one with God, like Him and conformable to Him in nature”, because we “receive, so to speak, the same nature, to the extent that we are capable of it”. Moreover, this is a new, divinely filial status, neither extrinsically realised nor imputed by decree, but procured by means of the real communication of a new life, effecting in the sinner’s very essence “a new internal goodness and beauty”. And though the Fathers speak of an “adoption”, they mean by this no “mere juridical adoption”, for what is communicated to us is a “new existence and life by an act that implies a kind of generation””. -Meconi, David Vincent, and Carl E. Olson in “Called to be the Children of God”
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Until next time, may you have more kingdom reality, the joy-life of fellowshipping in the family of God, and “MAS FUEGO!” (MORE FIRE!”)
Yours in Christ,
Nathanael & Michelle Wolf
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