God’s grace and love made known to all in Jesus the Christ
The New Testament is full of warnings about substituting right words and doctrines as religious screens against the Living Word and will of God. Still, these warnings are not God’s last word.

The final word is that God came to the world in Jesus the Christ in order to redeem the world, and that nothing can come between God’s Creation (which includes us) and God’s all-encompassing love. That is precisely how Christian Lutherans understand Jesus' Biblical statement about salvation: "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).
What God has done in Jesus is done for all who believe in Him as Lord and Savior; God’s act in His one and only Son is the way that all come to know God. Through this Good News we are compelled to joyously share with all people: "God has acted in Christ, and you are the recipient of this loving act."
Will, then, all people receive salvation in the end? A Lutheran Theologian, Carl Braaten, wrote: "We do not ... know the answer. (That) is stored up in the mystery of God’s own future. All (God) has let us know in advance is that He will judge the world according to the measure of His grace and love made known in Jesus the Christ, which is ultimately greater than the fierceness of His wrath or the hideousness of our sin."
Quotations from Carl Braaten, The Universal Meaning of Jesus Christ, LCA Partners Magazine
  August 2021  
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