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We are all prodigal children in Adam from the time God drove him from the Garden of Eden and went into the world without God being his Father. Sons in this world do not take responsibility for their sibling when their parents are alive, but with the father’s initiative, they can join in with the father to bring home the prodigal sons. Even as Christ took the steps with His Father and responded to His Father’s initiative to bring redemption to the sons and daughters of God. It is a blessing when children recognize the heart of their parents and do the things that please Mom and Dad.
God, the Father knew and called you ever before you came to Jesus Christ. You were His choice first and He brought you to His Son, Jesus Christ for the gift of repentance and redemption. So the Father loved you as much as any one on this terrestrial ball.
It was His will that you be made a part of His Son and be given eternal life in Him. It is an illusion to think that you made it to Christ all by yourself and because of your goodness, works and righteousness. No, you are not enough and you do not have it in you to come to Christ unilaterally by yourself.
In your wildest dream, you cannot attain the goal of redemption if it were left to you alone to find Christ. You have to remember this into eternity that your redemption as well as your salvation was wrought in God before you came to Christ for inclusion in His Body.
Do you remember the story of the father and his prodigal son? In that story, God, the Father was the One who was the main character in the story of the two sons. He caused all the wheels in the story to turn and they all revolved around Him. Never underestimate the love of the Father to gather all His children around His First Son, Jesus Christ. It is His pleasure to do and will in His Son Jesus Christ.
We are nothing without His Father who has loved us with an everlasting love in Christ, the Son of the Father. There is no boasting, striking or pounding our hearts as to what we have achieved. All our righteousness is as filthy and stinking rags and the Father had laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isa.53:6b and 64:6) We dare not believe nor trust that we have any ounce of benevolence and good deeds in us that can merit the goodness and righteousness of God. It was all of the Father.
In Jn.6 and 17, we discovered that it was God all along who had suffered for our delinquencies and His heart was bleeding on account of His children who have gone astray from Him right from the Garden of Eden, when the first pair began human population.
In Jn.5:19, Jesus Christ said, “The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father does. For what things soever He does, these also does the Son likewise.” Christ was endorsing what He saw His Father doing and the drawing of His children by His Father to Christ began in God before we all came to Christ. Our Champion is God and this is transferred to His Son, Jesus Christ for our redemption that was finalized through His blood on the cross of Calvary.
The author used to think that the Son bore all the agony of redemption on the cross, but now he knew that the heart of His Father was shattered into many pieces when His Son was between the earth and heaven on Calvary’s Tree. It was God in Christ who was suing for our reconciliation in Christ and suffered the humiliation and torture in the hands of men. (2Cor.5:19)
The scriptures said, “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior towards us appeared, not by works of righteousness that we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit; that He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.” (Titus.3:3-6)
The Father has never stopped caring and loving us as His redemption unfolds through out all of history. He is an amazing God and our Magnificent Obsession.
Before the author goes on to the heart of the wooing power of God to draw His strayed children, there is something to say about when this drawing power begins and ends so that one either goes to where one is living for or go with God in Christ Jesus. We call this an everlasting rest of the God for those who have received His Son as Lord, Master, Redeemer and Savior.
If God is the Being that draws us to Christ, then when is this drawing begins and at what time does it end? No mortal man can tell when the drawing stops, but it begins at the time of birth in this terrestrial globe. God gives every soul coming into the world an angel, whether he or she believes it or not and the drawing to Christ begins from here at birth.
As a person grows and matures into an adult, he or she will either recognize and embrace the wooing and drawing of the Spirit of God. Or this person will leave God behind in order to pursue his own ways. Even if God is not wanted in our lives, His drawing continues until this person lives this world.
God will not always chide with man and his days are numbered on the earth. Eventually God’s patient will run out and this person will be left to his or her own evil ways. They may respond to God’s wooing power before their departure in this life or may not, depending on how far they have gone in the ways of sin, evil, darkness and the evil one, Satan himself.
The Father’s Heart always yearns for His children and He has made provision for them to come home if they want to. His drawing and wooing power have made it easier for mankind to bend their will towards the will of God and come to Jesus Christ for the redemption of their souls.
Every living soul is drawn to Christ, but not all will take advantage of it. The forces of evil are not greater than the power of God, but evil has tremendous attraction to the sons and daughters of Adam because of the affinity that man has to sin as seed in him. This is why it seems God’s love and wooing power are losing the battle over humanity, but it is not. God’s drawing power will prevail at last and mankind will see the power of God trumps evil, darkness, sin and Satan eventually.
… To Be Continued