Original Research - Special Collection: Biblical Spirituality

How does one interpret the Synoptic Gospels’ warning passages while affirming the irrevocable nature of salvation?

Godwin A. Etukumana
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 3 | a5107 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i3.5107 | © 2018 Godwin A. Etukumana | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 May 2018 | Published: 31 October 2018

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Godwin A. Etukumana, Department of Old and New Testament, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa


The interpretation of the warning passages in the Synoptic Gospels seems confusing, if not totally unimportant, to many modern biblical interpreters and preachers. Some of these passages have a direct link to the salvation promised to believers in Christ Jesus. The interpretation of such passages in the Synoptic Gospels, while still affirming the irrevocable nature of salvation, becomes problematic. As a result of this, this work sets to develop a methodology for reading such passages with the aim of assuring Christians that their salvation in Christ is an irrevocable gift that God in Christ has provided to those that accepted him as their Saviour.


Warning passages; Synoptic Gospels; irrevocable salvation; perseverance; Ecclesia


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