Josiah Daniels and I sat down recently with the modest goal of explaining salvation. Both of us come to the conversation with the basic assumption that salvation is more than just an escape from some mythical hell, or a ticket into paradise. If there is more to it, what does this more look like? Is salvation a static identity, a trajectory, a destination?
We began using the story of the Exodus as a paradigm, looking at questions of predestination and favoritism, of God’s deliverance and judgment, God’s “Yes” and God’s “No.” We then discuss the covenantal identity of the people that were formed out of the Exodus, and the relationship of this people to the rest of the world. Finally, we point towards the ways in which the accomplishment of salvation in Christ extends beyond his death and includes his life, resurrection and ascension.
(Bumper music: “Pharaoh’s Dance” by Miles Davis, and “Blessings” by Chance the Rapper ft. Jamila Woods)