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Jul 23, 2007

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Peter Kirk

What does the parable say about repentance? What does the lost sheep do to save himself? At the most, he bleats! Salvation comes only from the shepherd.

Here you are falling into the trap of taking this parable in isolation and not relating it to the following Parable of the Prodigal Son - in which it is the son who takes the initiative in his own salvation and walks alone from the "distant country" to within sight of his father's home. One parable supports Calvinism, the other Arminianism, but the juxtaposition of the two shows that neither one of these teachings gives is the full story.

Michael W. Kruse

Peter, Jesus says these three stories are one parable. All three are building toward one reality. I am going to make the case (among other things) that it is a misreading of the passage that the son initiates his own salvation. It is the father who initiates salvation. Because we do not see this story through Middle-Eastern eyes we have distorted the meaning of the parable. That will come next week.

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