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Is It Possible For People Who Never Hear About Jesus To Be Saved? Christians have offered different answers to this question. I will offer some thoughts that have helped me reach my own conclusions, examine some biblical evidence, and make some remarks of a theological nature. 1. Salvation Through Christ and Mission: Some Christians deny that there can be salvation apart from a knowledge of Christ. This could be called the exclusivist answer. Some biblical passages appear to support this view. For instance, Jesus said: "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent" (John 17:3, NIV). Peter reaffirmed this conviction: Salvation is found in no one else" (Acts 4:12, NIV). In fact, the gospel commission requires that the knowledge of salvation through Christ be proclaimed to every person (Matt. 28:18-20; cf. Rev.14:6-12). Salvation requires faith in Jesus (Rom.1:16; 10:9;Acts 16:3034).The saving death of Jesus and the exclusive claim that salvation is only through Him is the very foundation of the mission of the church. This is what the Lord commanded us to do, and we, in humble submission to Him, go and fulfill the mission. 2. The Mission Remains God's Mission: Another aspect of this question is this: Mission did not originate with the church, but with God; and it remains His. He initiated it by sending His Son as our Savior (John 3:16). Every aspect of the earthly ministry of Jesus was a fulfillment of God's saving mission for the human race. At the close of His ministry, Jesus said to the Father He had completed "the work you gave me to do" (John 17:4, NIV). The Spirit is personally involved in the divine mission. Jesus was filled by the Spirit in the fulfillment of His mission (e.g., Isa. 11: 1-5; Matt. 3:16, 17). The church itself was empowered by the Spirit to fulfill its mission (Acts 1:8). The deep…...

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