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Probation After Death

Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: . . . I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.

Salvation is an enduring theme in Scripture, celebrated throughout Hebrew history. Ye šû‘â, the Hebrew term rendered salvation, carries deep and varied significance—embracing such concepts as welfare, safety, prosperity, deliverance, and victory. (It also relates to the meaning of the name Joshua or Jesus: “Yahweh saves.”)

According to one source, “Salvation is expressed not only in the release from captivity but also in the forgiveness of sin . . . , characterized not only by the manifestation of God’s loving-kindness and peace but also God’s righteousness (sedeq) and truth (’emet).”

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Resources cited in this issue

GT: Freedman, David Noel, et al., eds. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2000.

RR: Patzia, Arthur G. New International Biblical Commentary—Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1990.

Cit. 4: Barclay, William. The Daily Study Bible: The Letters to Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1955. Revised and updated by Saint Andrew, 2001. Reprinted as The New Daily Study Bible: The Letters to Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001–04.

Cit. 6: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 2, Introduction to Narrative Literature, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 11: THE MESSAGE, copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. Used by permission of NavPress. All rights reserved. Represented by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Cit. 19: Radmacher, Earl D., Ronald Barclay Allen, and H. Wayne House. The NKJV Study Bible. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007.

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