Monday, October 10, 2011

To dilute the meaning of "lost" is to dilute the meaning of "saved"

The "lost" are such as require a "Seeker" and "Savior"; when tempted to dilute or tone down the meaning of this word, it should suffice to remember that in the same proportion as this is done we also detract from the Savior-title of our Lord a substantial part of its significance. And conversely, if we allow ourselves to lose sight of even the smallest part of what the words "to save" and "Savior" connote, it necessarily modifies the sound which the word "lost" carries to our ear. There is no escape from this; it is the inherent logic of the structure of the gospel.

Quote by Geerhardus Vos, "Seeking and Saving the Lost" (sermon on Luke 19:10)

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