The Synoptic Gospels regularly describe the way one enters the kingdom of God. The Synoptics rarely in these contexts explicitly mention faith. The Gospels do not imply that people merit eternal life and the kingdom; nevertheless, active obedience provides the gateway to life. The article draws attention to the way the Gospels framed the doctrine of salvation (soteriology).
This article deals with the question whether it is possible for someone who has never heard the gospel to be saved. The author hopes to give a nuance to a classically Reformed view of the doctrine of salvation to embrace everything Scripture teaches on this aspect of the faith. He also wants to make use of insights from so-called inclusivism, which can be useful when understood from a Reformed perspective.
The term "salvation" (Greek, soteria) has given us the name for a central category of systematic theology (soteriology). However many discussions of the doctrine of salvation do not give much attention to the actual Biblical use of the word group related to salvation. In Systematic Theology the approach is to synthesize the various Biblical concepts, and the terms for salvation occur with relative rarity.