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the knowledge of salvation consists in the forgiveness of sins

"[1] And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
[2] (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
[3] And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
[4] And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
[5] To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
[6] And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
[7] And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." Luke 2:1-7

"The Son Reigns With His Father. Marcellus Ancyra: But the following the holy Scriptures I believe that there is one God and his only-begotten Son or Word, who ever exists with the Father and has never in any sense had a beginning of existence, truly having his being from God, not created, not made, but ever being with, ever reigning with God and the Father, "of whose kingdom," according to the testimony of the apostle, "there shall be no end." He is Son, he is Power, he is Wisdom. He is the peculiar and true Word of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, inseparable from God, "through whom all things were made that were made." The Gospel testifies to him, saying, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made by him, and without him was not anything made." This is the Word about whom Luke the Evangelist also bears witness, saying, "Even as they delivered to us who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the Word." About him David also spoke: "My heart has uttered a good Word." So also does our Lord Jesus Christ teach us through the Gospel, saying, "I came forth from the Father and am come." He is the last days came down for our salvation, and born from the Virgin Mary, assumed manhood. LETTER TO POPE JULIUS." pg. 38 "We Believe In One Lord Jesus Christ" Vol. 2 Ancient Christian Doctrine

"John's Role Is To Give Knowledge Of Salvation. John Calvin: Zechariah now touches the chief point of the gospel when he teaches that the knowledge of salvation consists in the forgiveness of sins. As we are all born the children of wrath, it follows that we are by nature condemned and ruined: and the cause of our condemnation is that we are guilty of unrighteousness. There is, therefore, no other provision for escaping death except by God reconciling us to himself, not imputing our sins to us. That this is the only righteousness which remains to us before God may be readily gathered from the words of Zechariah. For whence comes salvation, but from righteousness? But if the children of God have no other way to know salvation except through the forgiveness of sins, it follows that righteousness must not be sought anywhere else. Thus righteousness, which proud people forge and manufacture out of the merits of good works, is nothing other than the imputation of righteousness, when God, out of free grace, acquits us from our offenses. It ought to be observed here that Zechariah is not speaking of outsiders but of the people of God. Hence it follows, that not only does the beginning of righteousness depend on the forgiveness of sins, but it is by imputation that believers are righteous before God to the very end: for they cannot endure before his tribunal in any other way than by bringing themselves daily to a free reconciliation. COMMENTARY ON A HARMONY OF THE GOSPELS. pg. 43 "Luke NT III Reformation Commentary On Scripture

"And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins" Luke 2:76,77
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