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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