The narrative of Namaan in 2 Kings 5 is essentially an Old Testament missionary story that serves as a window into God’s amazing saving work. It is a historical event that displays theological truths about the most remarkable thing that has been—and is—going on in the world: God’s gracious salvation of sinners.
- God seeks all kinds of people to save them from all kinds of sin.
- God saves people through faith, not effort.
Ephesians 2:8-9, John 1:13, Romans 9:16
- Faith is evidenced through repentance.
1 Thessalonians 1:9, 1 Peter 1:21-22, Romans 10:9-10, 16
- God saves people to worship him alone.
- God will not share his saving glory with anyone else.
Psalm 25:11, Isaiah 42:8, 43:25, 48:9-11, Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14, 1 Corinthians 1:31, Galatians 6:14
These five soteriological truths, or salvific principles, actually bring us back to the beautifully bold point of 2 Kings 5 —that God loves all peoples, and saves anyone who trusts in him alone.
Soli deo gloria!