Found and Redeemed (Luke 15)

Through the initial conversion experience, and in subsequent salvations or deliverances, we are FOUND for the WHOLE. This is another part to this found idea. Jesus redeems us to the whole.

It is worth noting that the Kingdom of God operates on a linear continuum in time, and also like a revolving door. Daily, souls are added to the Kingdom. Daily, souls grow in grace and in our knowledge of the Father. Daily, souls mature to disciple others. Daily, souls accept the Lord’s invitation to reconcile others back to Him. Daily, we live at different levels of relationship, but all IN HIM. Isn’t that something?

That is why simple, foundational messages remain. That is why the deeper drawings remain. Because our great God makes manifest provision of Himself in ways that keep reaching us…to bring us back to the whole. Regardless of our value to the whole, Jesus says the search is on!

 

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Parable of the Lost Sheep — Jesus asks the people of that day, “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?” (Lk. 15:4 ESV) Think about that 1/100, that lost part. Leave the majority and go find the one small part that got away.

 

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Parable of the Lost Coin — Jesus asks, “What woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses a coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it?” (Lk. 15:8) Think about that one single coin, 1/10 of the whole. The woman will stack the nine coins safely, and diligently search for the lost one. 

 

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Parable of the Prodigal Son — The man had two sons, and one took his early inheritance pay out and squandered it. In this case, the father did not lose the son. The son chose another life because he did not value his life and position with the father. The son went off and got lost. This is 1/2 of the father’s legacy. 

 

Wholeness is a corporate goal, as well as an individual pursuit. As long as souls remain lost, then the Body of Christ continues the search on the strength of Jesus’ redemptive work! Apostle Paul told the church at Colossae (2:10) that they were complete in Christ, alive in Him, rooted and built up in Him. Let’s consider that whether the whole is large or small, one lost is worth searching for to bring back to the whole.


Shaunta D. Scroggins is the lead contributor for The Bereans’ Commentary.

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