Gnostic Doctrine

Friday, 28 June 2019

The Lost Sheep Luke 15:3-7

The Lost Sheep Luke 15:3-7

 3 So He spoke this parable to them, saying: 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 
6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ 
7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

what do the shepherd and the sheep represent? The shepherd represents the Christ, the Master, redeeming and protecting a believer's thoughts; the sheep represent these thoughts after they have been assembled and disciplined.

What is the standard of godliness of which Jesus is the great example? The standard of godliness for all believers is divine perfection. “Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

What must we first do in order to conform to the Christ standard of godliness?

To conform to the standard set by Jesus Christ, the first great demonstration is to overcome the errors of the mind that are formed by wrong thinking.

What does the one sheep that has gone astray represent? The one sheep that has gone astray represents an error thought that has separated itself from the Lord and the sheepfold.

Why should there be more rejoicing over the finding of the one lost sheep than over the “ninety and nine” that had not gone astray?

One may be ninety-nine per cent perfect and yet remain outside the kingdom. David was a man after God's own heart, yet he did not enter the kingdom of heaven because he was a man of war. When we are almost perfect, yet not able to realize the glory of heaven because of some lost or hidden thought, we rejoice more over the restoration of that one thought than over all the thoughts that are secure in the good. “There shall be joy in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine righteous persons, who need no repentance.”

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