What does it mean to be saved? The Language of Salvation is a study of 13 different terms used in the Bible, all of which combine to convey the richness of a single concept: salvation. The realities at the heart of the Christian message are the subject of many biblical metaphors and analogies worthy of study and meditation. Beyond explaining what each meant to the biblical authors and means to us today, Victor Kuligin points out how each of these facets of biblical salvation can be used when sharing the gospel.
Kuligin’s book on salvation is a thoroughly biblical, balanced, and very practical study of the subject. I warmly recommend it as an introduction for those who are new to the faith and a powerful reminder for those who have been Christians for some time.
—Douglas Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College (IL); Chair, Committee on Bible Translation
Like a new homeowner who is unaware that a priceless diamond lies hidden under the floorboards, most believers have little awareness of the magnitude or the consequence of all that they have inherited in Christ. In these pages Kuligin deftly unwraps that treasure, revealing facet by brilliant facet the richness of the biblical concept of salvation. Prepare to be inspired and strengthened as this book leads you on a life-changing spiritual journey!
—Steve Richardson, President, Pioneers (USA)
This is one of those books every student of the Bible wishes they had read at the beginning of their walk with the Master. Thirteen massive theological truths skillfully unpacked in a language every reader can understand and enjoy. The priceless diamond of God’s salvation is made to shine in splendor as the full light of truth sparkles in every facet. Kuligin is one of my favorite expositors and it is an honor for me to endorse a book I only wish had been around when I started proclaiming the message of God's great salvation fifty years ago.
—John Broom, Pastor, United Evangelical Fellowship, Fish Hoek, South Africa
“Some scholars view salvation as a chain of events (e.g., adoption follows justification), what is called the ‘order of salvation.’ But instead of viewing salvation as a chain of links, perhaps it is more appropriate to view it as a diamond with many facets, each portraying the beauty of the jewel in its own right. Adoption is salvation, not simply something that comes after justification. Redemption is a proper elucidation of biblical salvation, not an inferior explanation that should be shunned in preference to forgiveness of sins. What does it mean to be saved?” (Page 22)
“Even a natural-born son in Roman times had to be adopted by his father in order to become heir of his possessions. In fact, there was no higher honor for a son, and no greater disgrace than when another male was adopted into the family who took the position from the natural-born son.” (Pages 59–60)
“Vocabulary, when it is unrecognizable, becomes an obstacle to informed interaction and learning” (Page 19)
“ placed regeneration first because that is fundamental to understanding everything else.” (Page 22)
“What happens is that an unnatural gap is created between those who study theology for a living, and ‘average, everyday believers.’” (Page 19)
Victor Kuligin (D.Th., University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) is the author of Ten Things I Wish Jesus Never Said and The Language of Salvation. Since 2010, he has been academic dean and lecturer at the Bible Institute of South Africa. Prior to this, he performed the same duties at Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary.