G. E. Ladd

GEORGE ELDON LADD, late professor of theology at Fuller Seminary, in his important book, The Gospel of the Kingdom, defined salvation this way.

“This is what it means to be saved. It means to go about every day in the present evil Age living the life of heaven. It means that every local fellowship of God’s people who have shared this life should live together and worship and serve together as those who enjoy a foretaste of heaven here on earth. This is what the fellowship of a Christian Church ought to be.”[1]
For Ladd salvation was not just theoretical. It was experiential, and it was social. It was collective. It meant joining the fellowship of those who will someday populate Heaven.
May we all share Ladd’s optimism as well as his present experience?

[1]Ladd, G.E., the Gospel of the Kingdom, pg 787 (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 1959)