It dawned on me today that we Christians often misstate something about new believers. It is common to say that they are now ‘children of God’, or they now ‘belong’ to God. The fact is, they were His already. But simply being His does not mean they are yet saved.
Let’s examine how Christ explained His actions of hanging with ‘sinners’. In Luke’s account, He used 3 different stories; the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin and the Prodigal Son. Read them all here. There is a common theme in all three parables. They all start with the concept that the ‘owner’ actually ‘owned’ everything first BEFORE the one was lost. “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them…” (Luke 15:4a)
Whether it was the sheep, the coin or the son… in all three cases, the man, woman or father actually ‘had’ the sheep/coin/son PRIOR to it being lost. The lack of current possession did not change the status of ownership. Being lost did not mean they no longer belonged to the original owner.
As humans, were were created in His image, “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
(Eph 2:10) As humanity stands in general, we were ALL lost at the time of the original sin but we were still His. Then the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ, paid the price for our sin and gave us the opportunity to be found. As individuals, being lost never changed the fact that we still belong to Him. We were His from the beginning of time.
As we seek the lost, to bring them to a saving knowledge of Christ, they are already His… we are simply wanting the lost person to acknowledge this truth. They are His and He has paid for their sin. We simply want to say to them, you already belong to Him, you are already His, He has paid for your sin, and “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
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