Exodus 11 – 28, Matthew 14:22 – 18:20
For many protestants salvation is solely an individual experience; a transaction that takes place somewhere in the Ethernet between them and God alone and involves nothing beside. I think it’s safe to guess that it was probably a protestant who first applied the phrase, “personal relationship” to salvation. At a mere linguistic level one cannot help but notice that the phrase is tautologous. It is equally troubling theologically as well.
In Matthew’s gospel we find two of the most important statements about the church and her role in salvation. The first, in Matthew 16:19. In the previous verse Jesus gave Peter that most famous promise, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church…” And then he goes on to explain the function, role, and importance of … Read More »