To Seek & to Save What Was Lost

Luke 15:4-7

This parable shows some hidden secrets of the angelic world: The ninety-nine sheep represent ninety-nine righteous persons in heaven who do not need to repent- they are the heavenly angels called the sons of God, and the lost one sheep represents the lost one sinner. Jesus lost one sheep out of a hundred in heaven; He came into the world to seek and to save the lost sheep from heaven (Luke 19:10). Jesus spoke many things in parables; He didn’t speak anything without using a parable, so that He might seek His own people.

Matthew 13:34-35 “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”

God’s secret hidden since the creation of the world is His administration of redemption by which He chose us in the angelic world (Ephesians 1:3-9) Jesus said:

Matthew 13:10-11 “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.”

Matthew 13:14-17 “In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’”

The above verses show that those who are to be saved were already chosen in Christ before the creation of world. Therefore the “ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent in heaven” in Luke 15:7 are thousands upon thousands of angels in heaven; as it is written in Hebrews 12:22-23, “…to Mount Zion, to the heavenly¬† Jerusalem, the city of the living God… to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven… to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect.”

In regard to whom God has chosen, some may test God, saying, “If God has chosen me, I will be saved; and if He hasn’t, I will not be saved.” They may neglect God’s calling, behaving imprudently in church. To such people the Bible says: “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” Matthew 4:7

It is not because God needed us that He chose us from eternity, but because He had pity on us who were destined to die because of minor sins committed in the world of angels. As it is written:

Revelation 2:10 “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

If the chosen become so imprudent as to rebel against God, they will be driven out and their places will be taken by those who force their way into heaven though they were destined to be destroyed (Matt. 11:12, Luke 16:16).

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