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Are The Lost Really Lost?

Ezekiel 34:1-16

Luke 15:1-32

Who are the ‘lost’
In Ezekiel: God’s people gone astray
In Luke: The son who has rejected his father

The problem that this creates: insider/outsider language
We can create an unhelpful (and unbiblical) barrier between those who ‘belong’ and those who don’t.

In one sense, the lost and the saved are no different
Coins, sheep, sons… they’re all the same
‘ontologically’ (in their substance) they’re the same

But in another sense, they’re in completely different circumstances
The coin, the sheep, and the son in danger.
‘functionally’ (in what’s happening) they’re different

So are the lost really lost?
more importantly, how do we respond?