1 Corinthians 13:8 “Love never fails”
Recently, I spent over three months meditating and praying for revelation and insight on my favourite passage of scripture: Luke 15; the parable of the prodigal son. As I wrote, I found myself thinking radical thoughts – I believe inspired by the Holy Spirit. The result was a book called ‘Lost’ and this article is really my conclusion to what I learnt writing the book.
Indeed, in writing this book I found my heart melting in the face of such unrelenting grace portrayed in these parables. My heart was warmed as I began to believe that the Father, or papa of our Lord Jesus Christ, is much better than I could ever even imagine. This is a God, a father introduced to us by Jesus in these parables, that never gives up! He doesn’t stop looking for that which is lost until he finds it! Why? Because, the lost belong to him!
I mean, you lost your wallet you would be concerned and search high and low for it because it belongs to you!
My song love never fails!
The Calvinist version:
A humorous thought though, did occur to me while writing; if a Calvinist wrote the first of the parables in Luke 15: the parable of the lost sheep, it would go something like this:
“Jesus the good shepherd had a 100 sheep but only one of them was elect so he left the 99 lost sheep wandering in the wilderness! “
Of course, you have to understand Calvinism to get that one! And, not letting the Arminians off the hook – please forgive me all Calvinists and Arminians (I love you). They would say:
The Arminian version:
“Jesus the good shepherd had a 100 sheep but he only managed to rescue one or two of them (who were therefore elect) because the rest didn’t want to be saved and evaded capture. Therefore he gave up and came home.
No, Jesus the good shepherd is not satisfied with one sheep – he wants to save all one hundred! All the flock!
The Universalist version:
By the way, you know this – if your a collector of anything – your collection is not complete until you have the last missing piece. Similarly, a jigsaw with even just one missing piece is unfinished! I believe that is how God feels about every member of the human race – no matter how wicked and perverted they are. Not one of them is beyond God’s grace. They are all God’s offspring as Paul declares in Acts 17:29
“Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.”
Does that mean I’ve become a Universalist. Well maybe and maybe not as I will try and articulate in the following posts!
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