The Soul Recall (Luke 12:20)


Man and his soul was made for fellowship with God. Fellowship with God was possible because man’s soul was sinless. However man fell into sin and because of it fellowship and man’s soul condition had been affected. Through Christ, God has provided a way back to him. Man now has the responsibility to respond back to God’s work and be a proper steward or manager of what God has given to him: that is his soul.

But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: (Luke 12:20)

The term required means “to demand back”. Upon man’s death, his soul will be required or demanded back by God. When the soul returns back to God, if acceptable it will remain with him. However, unacceptable souls will be cast out.

If the soul of man remains the same as it was at his birth, it will be unacceptable to God. The scriptures state that the soul of man that sins shall surely die (Ezekiel 18:20). It dies because the soul had become sinful. Regardless of whatever actions this soul may do throughout life, the soul will still be sinful. Good and mighty works will not change man’s soul nor will they cancel out the effects his sin upon others.

But if this same soul calls out to the savior of the world, his sinful soul will be cleansed: it will be changed from scarlet and crimson to whiteness (Isaiah 1:18). The debt that his soul owes God will be paid. It will be paid with the precious blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 5:9; Hebrews 9:12, 10:14). Jesus’s life and the life of his blood were offered as a substitute for all mankind. When man calls upon this savior, he shall be saved (Romans 10:13) and he becomes a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17). His condition is changed. When God calls back unto himself the soul of this man, it will be found acceptable and pleasing to God. However if man refuses solely to trust the work of Jesus Christ, his soul will continue to remain unacceptable to God and will be rejected when called back. Refused souls will be rejected and sinful debts will determined by a holy God. The great sinful debt upon these souls will be paid in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:15).

Before death, we must be prepared to give an account for the condition of our soul. If it has been redeemed and changed by Christ, our account will be to the praise of Jesus and his wonderful work. But if the soul has not been changed, peril and doom will await souls who stand before God without excuse.

Thanks be to Jesus Christ who has given himself to save us from the wrath to come.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

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