The prodigal son?

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reneweddaybyday said:
God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I agree.
But you don't agree with the rest of Post #169 concerning the word "confess" and what it is to confess our sins?

The word "confess" is the Greek word homologeō and it means to speak or say the same together with another.

We see in Scripture what God says about certain behaviors / activities.

When we sin, we agree with God (confess) that what His Word reveals concerning our behavior and/or activities is sin. We confess what His Word says about our sin. God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9 If we confess [Gr. homologeō — say the same thing God's Word says, agree with God] our sins,
 

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If a lion or wolf finds it while lost and devours it, then who does it belong to?


Who do sinners belong to Satan or God?​


The promise of not being snatched from His hand is to those who hear [and obey] His Voice so that they follow Him.


Those who hear for a while then wander away and become lost are sinners: unreconciled to Him just as an unbeliever.


All the human reasoning in the world, will not change the words of Jesus Christ.



A lost person is needs salvation: repentance and reconciliation with God: Justification; being declared right with God.


“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
Luke 15:4-7


  • likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.


A person who is lost - Needs to repent in order to be reconciled with God through Christ Jesus, in which they are justified.

A person who is lost - Is a sinner.


A sinner is someone who is separate from Christ. Hebrews 7:26





Jesus makes it clear that we must remain connected to Him in relationship; joined to Him as a branch is connected to the vine from which it draws it's life from, or we will wither.


Those who are separated from Christ, are separated from the eternal life that is only found in Christ Jesus.




If a lost sheep doesn't repent and return to God they will remain lost forever; death, die, perish





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but the lost sheep did not return. the Shepard found it. the Shepard went and searched for it. and what did he say? rejoice with Me, I have found MY lost sheep.

same as the coin. " I have found MY lost coin".

an unrepented sinner, an unbeliever is not His.
 
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Yes "found" refers to a person who has been reconciled back to Christ, which means they were lost.

Could you define lost, as it pertains to Luke 15.

Is a lost person a sinner or a saint?

Is a lost person just or unjust?

Does a lost person need to be reconciled with God?

Do the lost need salvation: ie reconciliation with God- Justification?
We've already gone through this numerous times, justpassinthrough.

When a person is born again, he/she is sealed with that holy Spirit of promise (Eph 1:13).

This "seal" marks the believer out as belonging to God.

If you lose your credit card and someone finds it and uses it, who does the card belong to? The person who is currently using it? or the person whose name is shown on the card?


Kind of a poor analogy, but it gets the point of "ownership" across.

Ownership of the born again believer does not change to satan when the believer sins. But that is the idea you have continuously proposed throughout the pages of this thread.
 
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First you talk about the Abrahamic Covenant.

Then you talk about the law of Moses.

These are two separate covenants.

The law of Moses was added to the Abrahamic Covenant until the Seed should come.


And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect. For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. Galatians 3:17-19




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but the lost sheep did not return. the Shepard found it. the Shepard went and searched for it. and what did he say? rejoice with Me, I have found MY lost sheep.

same as the coin. " I have found MY lost coin".

an unrepented sinner, an unbeliever is not His.

Yes, the sheep, coin and son are again the possession of the holder once they are "found'.


In the "lost" state, the person who is lost is a sinner; unreconciled, seperated from Christ.


If the person who is lost, becomes "found", then they are once again reconciled to Him, and are now once again, justified;
right with God; righteous.



If you lose a 100 dollar bill, can you spend iot.

Can you go to the store and say: I had a 100 dollar bill to pay for these groceries but I must have lost it.


Can you pay for anything with money that you lost?


Do the lost need salvation?



Yes or No?




JPT
 
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But you don't agree with the rest of Post #169 concerning the word "confess" and what it is to confess our sins?

Confess our sins to God. You admit and confess to God that you sinned; transgressed His commandments, so you can be forgiven and cleansed of all unrighteousness.


Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1 John 2:3-4


  • He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar,


Do you understand what John is saying here?




JPT
 
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When a person is born again, he/she is sealed with that holy Spirit of promise (Eph 1:13).

In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:13-14


The Holy Spirit is the seal of authenticity of a believer; God's seal of approval.


This does not somehow over ride the fact that a believer, one of His sheep can become lost.



Please answer the simple question: Do the lost need salvation?


Yes or No?




JPT
 

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Yes, the sheep, coin and son are again the possession of the holder once they are "found'.


In the "lost" state, the person who is lost is a sinner; unreconciled, seperated from Christ.


If the person who is lost, becomes "found", then they are once again reconciled to Him, and are now once again, justified;
right with God; righteous.



If you lose a 100 dollar bill, can you spend iot.

Can you go to the store and say: I had a 100 dollar bill to pay for these groceries but I must have lost it.


Can you pay for anything with money that you lost?


Do the lost need salvation?



Yes or No?




JPT
missing the point. the Shepard said ' I have found my lost sheep " . He did not say " one of my sheep wondered off, and was lost to Me, but I found it, now it is mine again."

and, the word likewise in the greek means " in the same manner ", or " in the same way ".

so, Jesus is saying " in the same way that a shepard rejoices when he finds one of his lost sheep, Heaven rejoices when a lost sinner repents and turns to Christ.

really important to understand what was said, and accept it, and not force opinions into the text.
 
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The law of Moses was added to the Abrahamic Covenant until the Seed should come.

And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect. For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. Galatians 3:17-19
Please read the verses in Galatians again (and probably better if we read the whole chapter):

Galatians 3:

16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.



In Gal 3:16, we see that God made promise to the seed (singular) of Abraham. Who is the Seed of Abraham to Whom God made promise? and to thy Seed, which is Christ (vs 16).

Then in Gal 3:17, we see that the law was 430 years after the promise made to Christ (the Seed of Abraham). And that law cannot disannul the promise that it should make the promise of no effect.

So we have the promise made to the Seed of Abraham, Who is Christ.

And we have the law which was 430 years after the promise and the law cannot disannul the promise.


We also see in Gal 3:17 that there was covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ.

So where did God make covenant with Abraham? We see the covenant in Gen 17.


We have two separate issues revealed here in Gal 3.

We have the promises God made to Abraham which could not be disannulled by the law which was 430 years after; and

We have the covenant between God and Abraham.


Galatians 3:

18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made



So, was the law added to the promise God made to Abraham?

Or was the law added to the covenant Abraham entered into with God?


And then look at earlier verses in Gal 3 – vs 14 talks about the blessing of Abraham coming on the gentiles that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

The gentiles were not parties to the covenant God made with Abraham in Gen 17, nor the covenant God made with the children of Israel when God took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt (Heb 8:9).

But the gentiles are made partakers of the promise of the Spirit through faith (not the covenant of the law). The gentiles were parties to the promise God made to Abraham (And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed – Gal 3:8).


Interesting questions here, justpassinthrough ...






 
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The Holy Spirit is the seal of authenticity of a believer; God's seal of approval.
The seal signifies "OWNERSHIP":

4972 /sphragízō ("to seal") signifies ownership and the full security carried by the backing (full authority) of the owner. "Sealing" in the ancient world served as a "legal signature" which guaranteed the promise (contents) of what was sealed.
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missing the point. the Shepard said ' I have found my lost sheep " . He did not say " one of my sheep wondered off, and was lost to Me, but I found it, now it is mine again."

and, the word likewise in the greek means " in the same manner ", or " in the same way ".

so, Jesus is saying " in the same way that a shepard rejoices when he finds one of his lost sheep, Heaven rejoices when a lost sinner repents and turns to Christ.

really important to understand what was said, and accept it, and not force opinions into the text.

Yes what was said and taught is clear.

Lost = Sinner

Found = Just; recociled


Please answer the simple question: Do the lost need salvation?



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The seal signifies "OWNERSHIP":

4972 /sphragízō ("to seal") signifies ownership and the full security carried by the backing (full authority) of the owner. "Sealing" in the ancient world served as a "legal signature" which guaranteed the promise (contents) of what was sealed.
Copyright © 1987, 2011 by Helps Ministries, Inc.
HELPS(TM) Word-studies

Please answer the simple question: Do the lost need salvation?
 
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Please answer the simple question: Do the lost need salvation?
Here is what you stated in your Post #167:

There is no scripture in the bible that refers to the lost as someone who never believed.

To be lost, a person must first belong to God.

A person can not loose something they never owned.

I can't lose a coin that belongs to someone else.

Once we belong to God, if/when we stray, we need to be found (And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost — Luke 15:5-6).


 
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Here is what you stated in your Post #167:




Once we belong to God, if/when we stray, we need to be found (And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost — Luke 15:5-6).

Please address my actual post.



There is no scripture in the bible that refers to the lost as someone who never believed.

To be lost, a person must first belong to God.

A person can not loose something they never owned.

I can't lose a coin that belongs to someone else.


Do the lost need salvation?




JLB
 

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Please address my actual post.



There is no scripture in the bible that refers to the lost as someone who never believed.

To be lost, a person must first belong to God.

A person can not loose something they never owned.

I can't lose a coin that belongs to someone else.


Do the lost need salvation?




JLB
Man in general is lost. In Adam, man lost his relationship with God, but in Christ, man is made alive again.
 
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There is no scripture in the bible that refers to the lost as someone who never believed.

To be lost, a person must first belong to God.

A person can not loose something they never owned.

I can't lose a coin that belongs to someone else.

Do the lost need salvation?
According to you, the "lost" spoken of in the parables in Luke 15 already belong to God.

God's seal represents OWNERSHIP. Yet you essentially claim that God's seal which represents OWNERSHIP is ineffective and meaningless. You appear to claim that God loses ownership of one of His own when one of His children wanders.

The "lost" who belong to God do not need "salvation". In our day and time, the "lost" who belong to God (the born again believer) need to be "found" just as shown in the parables of Luke 15.

In our day and time, those who do not belong to God do need "salvation".


 
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Man in general is lost. In Adam, man lost his relationship with God, but in Christ, man is made alive again.

Thanks for sharing.

Please provide a scripture for your statement.


My point is that someone must own something first, for it to become lost.


“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. Luke 15:4-7


  • What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them,


The 100 sheep belonged to the man.

One became lost.


Can you please define lost from the passage?



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The "lost" who belong to God do not need "salvation". In our day and time, the "lost" who belong to God (the born again believer) need to be "found" just as shown in the parables of Luke 15.

In our day and time, those who do not belong to God do need "salvation".

Please define lost from the passage of scripture in Luke.


Lost = Seperated from God; unreconciled



Do people in our “day and age” need to reconciled to God in order to be saved, or has something changed?



JPT