“Those whom Jesus came to call, He describes as sinners and as lost, that is to say as lost sinners; as those who can lay claim to no righteousness of their own and who have no power to obtain any, that is to say as helpless dependents on Him the Savior. To them He comes to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom; He calls them to repentance; He seeks them out and saves them; He gives His life a ransom for them; He writes the law of God upon their hearts. This is the process of His ‘salvation.’ Their own energies are enlisted: He preaches the Gospel of the Kingdom to them and calls them to repentance. Their hearts are changed: He writes the law of God upon their hearts and sets them spontaneously to fulfil it. But beneath all this, there lies something deeper still which attracts to itself especially His greatest word: ‘I came to save.’ He gives His life a ransom for them. And it is only as He thus ransoms them by the gift of Himself that they cease to be ‘lost’; and having thus ceased to lie under the curse, can cease also to lie under the power of sin.” (B.B. Warfield)
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