The Ball is in Our Court
Using sports jargon, it is now in our court, we, all of mankind have the ball. Each one of us have the opportunity to do a slam dunk. Maybe a more descriptive term would be a free throw. While the analogy falls apart on some levels, there is something concerning salvation that every lost person must do. Everyone must take the ball and attempt the shot. If the decision to sit in the bleachers is made instead, be assured no score will be ascribed to you.
The issue I want to touch on is this; God so loved mankind He provided a laser- guided ball and Jesus controls the ball’s flight straight through the hoop for any one who places the ball into His hands confessing their inability for success. There are meticulous instructions that come with this ball that each of us are given. The instructions are very explicit, DO NOT TRY TO GUIDE THE BALL THROUGH THE HOOP! Trust the completion of the throw all the way through the hoop to the one controlling the laser-guidance system. The system was designed by the Father and is perfectly executed by the Son. Christ was the only man to ever execute the throw through the hoop without assistance from a laser-guidance system. See Romans 10:2-3 for a look at those who continue to take shot after shot as they determine to hit the hoop through their own guidance system.
Does God Love Everyone?
My son recently asked me what is my opinion concerning God’s love toward mankind. He went on to say that he was of the opinion that God loved everyone. The emphasis here would be on the verse that says, God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son. Now important to notice here is this, the child Jesus was born to all of mankind, the Son was given upon the cross.
These two events are not the same thing, read the words carefully, God gave His Son. A child was born unto all mankind for the purpose of making salvation possible for all of us. The GIVING of God’s Son is synonymous for God’s LOVE! God gave His love to all mankind, the clearest manifestation of this love is apparent in God giving us His Son on the cross to provide laser sharp guidance of the ball as we launch it by faith toward the hoop. True faith of God, which is a gift to us, never misses the hoop, so as the ball passes through the hoop it becomes our eternal security in Christ’s finished work. If any man is still competing with the Christ to hit the hoop without the laser-guidance system, Christ has become of no affect to them.
The question is this, does God love you if you refuse the free throw of the ball? Another question to help answer the first, does God love His resurrected Son, does He honor Him for perfectly executing the covenant found in Hebrews 10:5-10 created between Himself and Jesus? The answer is a resounding yes, the Father loves and honors His Son. Thus far we have described God’s Love as being an action orchestrated from His side or perspective. But what is the case of those found not embracing the love God offers in 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12?
When the ball passes through the hoop our salvation is made secure by our being placed into Christ, as passing through the hoop drops us into the baptism of death into Christ, immediate burial, with Him and simultaneous resurrection into newness of life. All this takes place as your entire history in the first Adam disappears from God’s sight. In Christ there is no sin! No sin, none.
What if We Reject God’s Love?
If a person rejects God’s offer of love that is embodied in Christ, that person is not in the love of God! This is not a condition that God created, but rather a condition of being outside of God’s love determined by refusing to throw the ball. God is much more than love, love is one of his many attributes, but love is not the definition of God. He also has the attribute of being a God of judgment though that does not define Him either. Our God is a consuming fire as seen in Hebrews 12:29 and we perceive Him to have many other attributes, none of which describe or define Him as being that attribute. See Deuteronomy 29:29 to see though He reveals many things to us, He also keeps many things about Himself secret.
From God’s side He loves all mankind in the sense that He provided, offered, and gave us His Son as an overt expression of His love.
From our side as people we are not included in the love of God if we chose to spurn the opportunity to be in Christ which is the express image of God’s love to mankind.
A closer more detailed look at ways men spurn God’s love is in the post titled, The Truth and The Many – Part 1.