Matthew 18:12-14 What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?
And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.
In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
God’s love is individual and personal. The entire reason for the Creation is so God could have intimate fellowship with mankind. Adam didn’t supply it. Nobody from Adam supplied it. But God’s only begotten Son did supply it and opens the way for us to do the same.
I see God’s love exhibited in this parable of the lost sheep. God is not willing that any should perish. If you were a good Father and one of your children didn’t come home from school one day, how would you feel? I’d be combing the countryside by my house until I found my child, how about you?
God is no less loving that we are and is in fact infinitely more. He longs for fellowship with His children. If one was to go missing, look out! He would leave no stone unturned.
God is Love
The Bible teaches us God is love.
I John 4:8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
God’s love is unconditional. We understand this because He says He loves all people in John 3:16.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
God gave His only begotten son for the entire world, so it it is everyone, everywhere who He is referring to in this verse. God loves everyone even if they don’t love Him in return.
Man Needs Salvation
The only reason anyone doesn’t love God is because they don’t know Him. Once you get to know the Creator God, your love for Him will grow so much you’ll find it hard to contain your emotions. This is the God who is in the process of saving the world from what we ourselves, with the help of a spiritual entity named Satan, have made it to become. Originally the world wasn’t in the condition it is found in now. There were no thorns and thistles in the garden of Eden and pain, suffering and death were absent also.
When man disobeyed God, as recorded in Genesis 3, he handed his God-given dominion of the earth over to God’s adversary, Satan. The very word Satan means “adversary.” Since then, Satan is called, “the god of this age.”
II Corinthians 4:4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Those are very revealing words. There is a spiritual power, a spiritual entity orchestrating things in this world to distract us from what really matters, which is getting to know our Father God. But we don’t want to dwell on Satan, we want to dwell on God. He’ll take care of that old serpent for us in due time.
Jesus is the Savior
God could have just forgotten the whole idea when man disobeyed Him and went his own way, but God knew if man really understood what life was about, no-one on earth would not want to live the right way. Because of that, instead of giving up on us when Adam disobeyed Him, God had already devised an ingenious plan to save mankind. He would have His own son and offer His own son’s life in payment for Adam’s disobedience.
To illustrate what God’s son, Jesus, would accomplish during his life, God commanded Israel to carry out certain sacrifices. Those sacrifices were a “shadow of things to come” meaning they were examples that would one day be fulfilled by Jesus himself. Until Jesus came, God had His people participate in feasts, sacrifices and other observances that taught about the coming Savior and what he would accomplish.
The name Jesus means ”Savior.” It is the same name as Joshua in the Old Testament. It is given to our Lord because “He saves His people from their sins.” This is His special role.
Because man can’t save himself, God had to provide a way to save us Himself. Jesus is the only way. The name of Jesus is the only name given under heaven by which men must be saved.
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name [Jesus] under heaven given among men, by which we must be saved.
Notice the two main things in the above verse:
- Men must be saved
- Jesus is the only one that can save anyone
God Doesn’t Want Any to Perish
II Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because he does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
God is busy right now, working with His people to save all of mankind. Right now this world is no comparison to the one that shall follow. This world shall be done away with and a new one put in it’s place and the people on that new earth will know what love is and who love is. We will live their lives the way God wants us to live them, loving Him and loving our neighbor as much as we love ourselves.
Until then things can be hard down here on planet earth. Everything seems to be messed up or end that way. None of our worldly leaders are going to solve any significant problems because they have neither the wisdom nor the love of God. All they can do is put band-aids on things and in so doing they often make things worse.
I can assure you, from the truth revealed in God’s Holy Word that all things will be made right eventually. We are in the process of that now, but it will take the return of the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven to earth in order to accomplish it.
Why is God waiting?
Simply to bring more people in the His family before He winds everything up.
But we are closer than you might think to Jesus’ second coming. Have no doubt about it — it will happen just as it is prophesied in the Bible. Over 2/3 of the prophecies in the Bible are about Christ’s second coming while only 1/3 were about his first coming when he was born. Over 300 prophecies were fulfilled in his first coming. The rest will be fulfilled at his second coming just as the first 300 were fulfilled. Nothing is going to stop it because nothing can stop it.
Come God’s Way Today
God wants all men to be saved. Read it for yourself:
I Timothy 2;3-6 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
If God has touched your heart and you feel He is calling you to get right with Him, I encourage you to do so right now.
Here’s how you can become joined to God for eternal life so you can begin building an intimate relationship with Him.
Romans 10:9,10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.