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Key To The Understanding Of The Scriptures
by H.P. MANSFIELD

SECTION 2
Redemption In Christ Jesus

The things of the Way of Life constitute RELIGION. As a word, it is derived from the Latin religio, which signifies "to bind again"; hence religion is the act of "binding again", or that which heals a breach previously existing between two parties. The two in question are God and man. Though man sinned from the beginning, God's love is such, that He initiated terms of reconciliation: "He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). The fact that God instituted religion is proof of the love He bears towards the human race. He seeks to appease men by His goodness, which invites them to repentance (Romans 2:4). God would draw men by His love which is manifested in all that He has done for the world. He has sought to enlighten it, and to exalt it to a participation in the divine nature by the ameliorating influences of the Truth. This is styled "the Word of Reconciliation" (2 Cor. 5:18-20), and is contained in His Word. It reveals the fact and the effect of sin, the nature of man, the need of redemption, and the means whereby salvation unto life eternal can be obtained.