Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lost Sheep...

If you've been reading Life with Lynnie (LwL) for the past few days, you'll know that I've been writing about the issue of sin.  Not just sin in someone's life, but also causing someone else to sin.

In the beginning, we discussed how Jesus died for sin; for yours, for mine, for the sin of the whole world, of all who will believe on Him.

Then came the issue of stumbling.  Not just the person who is electing to sin, or stumble, but also the issue of becoming a stumbling block for others.

Obedience was the topic of yesterday's entry.  God not only wants His children to love Him, but expects obedience from all who belong to Him!

Today, I thought it appropriate to discuss salvation, in the sense of whether or not a person can lose their salvation.  Especially after sinning.

Well, for the answer we must once again look to God's Word, the Bible.

We've discussed on several occasions that we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).  By this verse, we know that there is no one, other than Jesus, God Himself, who has not sinned. 

God knew this, yet He loved us still.  He still proceeded in creating the plan of salvation for us, that He made.  Wow!  What love He has for us!

You see, once we're in the palm of God's hand, we can never be removed, for we belong to Him.  And, will forever.  God told us so in Isaiah 49:15-16, "15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you  See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me."

Since we can never be removed from the palm of God's hand, we can rest assured that even though we may forsake Him, by not being obedient and loving towards God, that He will love us, always.  We are not items of trash, to be thrown away on a whim.  No.  God loves us. 

We are sometimes lost sheep.  If we belong to Him and sin, or fall away, God considers us a lost sheep.  Just as a shepherd will leave the flock and go find and bring back the one lost sheep, so our God does with us.  Each one of us!

The following verses clearly tell us how God feels about us:

*  Matthew 18:12, “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?"

*  Matthew 18:13, "And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray."

*  Luke 15:4-7, "“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance."

You'll notice that the last verse speaks of repentance.  This is an topic for tomorrow.  Stay tuned!

Until next time...

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