Limited atonement 5

It is remarkable that any of us upon the face of this earth should be reserved, saved, redeemed at all.  Perhaps an even more remarkable thing is the way in which the Lord, the Infinite condescends to limit Himself, at least apparently, as He deigns to remind Lot of His command to leave Sodom and Gomorrah in a most fatherly and tender way:  Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither.  Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar  (Genesis 19:22).

Knowing what we know about Lot; his compromised life decisions and the subsequent actions of his daughters, we might be tempted to call him a man of little faith.  Even Zoar, the place he himself chooses means ‘little’ or ‘small’, perhaps another example of Lot reducing or limiting his own blessings.  Even so, the Holy Spirit views him through Christ as just Lot (2 Pe 2:7), righteous man and righteous soul (2 Pe 2:8); if Lot’s ultimate identity is partially concealed in the Old Testament, it is definitively revealed in the New.

The fact, therefore, that the Almighty shows such kindness, such apparent limitation and condescension is deeply comforting.  The Lord is saying to all His sheep that He will not and in a sense (reverently speaking) cannot bring this world to an end until He has saved the very last one.  As unworthy and disappointing as we often are, like Lot if we are privileged to be of the Shepherd, we are graciously numbered among those who follow him: for they know his voice (John 10:4).

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Not you

Not you they hate but who you love

the Holy One sitting above,

and so they take it out on you

and yet they hate Him, you in lieu.

 

Not you they know nor who you know

for He has made you white as snow,

and they are mired within their mess

not knowing they’re in hopelessness.

 

Not you they see but someone else

but really they’re of someone else,

the harpy’s iceberg, not the ship

lurking, immense, we see the tip.

 

Not you they love, oh not at all

since they are Adam’s, of the Fall,

and so we were and would be still

if Christ had never left that hill.