I got to reading Luke chapter 15 today, where I find three parables: The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, and The Lost Son. As I notice they’re similar in many ways, I also notice they’re unique in that they each focus on one person of the Godhead. I’m reminded of the way that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all tell the same story and yet we learn something different from each of them.
Charles Spurgeon describes it by saying that the first parable illustrates the work of Christ through redemption, the second is the work of the Holy Spirit through restoration of the soul, and finally, the last one is the divine love of the Father receiving the lost.
Reading the chapter with that perspective in mind takes a layer off the top as we dig a little deeper into the saving grace of God.
You see, the order of them is important because it’s only through the work of the Holy Spirit that we’re convicted of our sin. You don’t return home to your Father until the Holy Spirit has begun to work in you and through you.
And so, as we look at the work of the Holy Spirit in the second parable, we read a story about a woman who had ten silver coins, but lost one. The Bible says, “Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? ”
Looking at that parable, we find the woman doing three things:
- Lighting a lamp – the conviction of the gospel
- Sweeping her house – the removal of sin by repentance, confession, and walking in truth
- Searching carefully – seeking God with all of your heart
What I noticed about these three things is that they’re ongoing in the Christian life as the Spirit continues to move and to work in our heart. We have a daily conviction of the gospel, an ongoing removal of sin, and a continual search for God’s will.
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Read the three parables found in Luke 15. See how God is personally speaking to you.
As you look at this scripture, notice the three things we discussed today: the lamp, the sweeping, and the searching:
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. (Ephesians 5:8-10, NIV)
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She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
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