Job 14: Finding Forgiveness
Job 14 made me think of the generally-assumed concept of sin nature. Basically, this doctrine teaches that we are all born with sin and are separated from God as a result of that sin. The only way for us to bridge that gap is to accept salvation and forgiveness which is the direct consequence of Jesus sacrificing Himself as a propitiation for all sins.
Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
I bring this up because it makes me think about how amazing salvation really is. If we all born into this circumstance where we ultimately cannot help ourselves as Job points out, then we are talking about billions of people who have the opportunity to receive this gift. Obviously, not everyone makes that decision, but it is not as if there was some kind of limit to the amount of people that could be forgiven through this act.
If everyone was to all of a sudden come to God today, then Jesus’ sacrifice would be enough. That is one thing that is so remarkable. In my mind, I tend to think of things that have definition. They have some kind of limit, and there is always some kind of boundary.
There are no restrictions on the number of people who can fit in heaven. I think that that should put us in a rather mission-oriented mindset.
If we know what I pointed out earlier that no human is capable of making the unclean clean, then wouldn’t it make sense that we want to tell people about where they can find that forgiveness? Shouldn’t we want people to know what we know?
I think that the answer is self-evident. If we face the fact that all of us need forgiveness, we need to also be committed to helping people find their way towards its source. It won’t come from humanity.