Thursday's Theological Thoughts: He purchased the WORLD

This week in the Ladies Bible Study we were studying Luke’s “Lost and Found Chapter” (Luke 15) and the accompanying readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent. Here was Jesus teaching the people that God loves all the lost and works to seek out and find them and reconcile them to Himself.

In the Epistle reading, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, the focus in those verses is clearly “reconciliation” with variations of that word repeated five (5) times.

“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself…

…and gave us the ministry of reconciliation

God was reconciling the world to Himself…

…entrusting to us the message of reconciliation

…We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God…” (2 Cor. 5:18-20)

The author of the lesson reminded us that “Reconciliation is a decisive act that repairs a rift that had previously seemed unhealable…” That, my friends, is what Christ Jesus did for the world.

The world? I thought Jesus only died for the elect? Afterall, if Jesus died and reconciled the world then that would lead to universalism. Such was the accusation made to me on Twitter when I posted that “world means world” and Jesus died as a propitiation for the world (1 John 2:2).