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Vibrant View of Salvation

January 8, 2024

In the previous blog post (Dec 6, 2023) I asserted that one of the important features of Wesley's work in the revival that was sweeping The United Kingdom was his commitment to evangelism and discipleship. The commitment to discipleship was an outgrowth of Wesley's view of salvation as more than simply forgiveness or an event.

Wesley had a vibrant view of salvation as not only the forgiveness of sin but the renewal of the moral image of God in human beings. This renewal involved both righteousness by faith and a life of righteousness fueled by love.

The theological categories of this vibrant view of salvation has to do with the truths of imputed righteousness and imparted righteousness. Wesley forcefully opposed any understanding of salvation that consisted of only imputed (put to our account by Christ's obedience) righteousness. Salvation also included the real-time experience of imparted righteousness (the fruit of The Spirit) in one's actions.

Imputed righteousness is the righteousness that is granted to us by faith in the work of Jesus. Imparted righteousness is the result of our being in right relationship with God living in the power of The Holy Spirit

Vibrant Salvation includes both


1--How does this affect your view of salvation ?

2--What advantages or disadvantages do you see in emphasizing both?