What Remains

Regarding every human ever born from Adam and Eve, an inevitable question will be presented confirming the nature and perfection of God’s love, mercy, truth, justice and righteousness, while also attesting to mankind’s failure, rebellion, sin and obstinacy. That single question is, “What more could have been done to demonstrate God’s forbearance and salvation? It will be better worded, but never verbalized, because the record will be complete, stark, undeniable, infinitely verified. God keeps meticulous infallible records, including the names of all written in the Lambs book of life and every word ever uttered. (Rev. 30:12-13; Matt. 12:36-37) Yeshua framed the issue in a parable, “…There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit. “The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said. “But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” (Matthew 21:33-40) 

What more could God do to reach out and save those who resist Him? God sends rain on the just and unjust. God is patient, not wanting anyone to be lost. He sent prophets to warn and guide the people. He sent signs and wonders to testified of His greatness and authority. He demonstrated mercy and stayed destruction of Israel though it was deserved. He was happy when nations repented, such as Nineveh who repented at the preaching of Jonah. Yeshua warned people to turn away from their evil ways and told this parable, “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “ ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’ ” (Luke 13:5-9) This shows the patience and extra measures God takes to save people from wrath, the consequence of their evil and rebellion. (Luke 7:31-35) Nothing remains that God could have done to save the lost, it may not be apparent today, but in the end God will be vindicated as both loving and just.

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