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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Like The Maniac (Mark 5:1-15)

I remember the 1992 USA Olympic basketball team called “The Dream Team”. Whenever they entered the court, they played circles around their opponents. They easily executed plays with minimal resistance from the other team and on some occasions had their opponents dumbfounded. They simply dominated the court. This type of domination could not compare to what was experienced by the maniac of Gadera.

Mark 5:1-15 is a very familiar passage of scripture on the account of this man. How this man came to be possessed with devils is unknown, but the bondage and control that he experienced was described. These fallen spirit beings had a heyday. They did to him whatever they wanted with minimal resistance and completely dominated his life.

And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. (Mark 5:5)

This too was your life before salvation. You may not have been possessed by a demon, but your life was under the dominating control of sin, your flesh and the fallen spiritual influences upon your life. No matter how hard you tried, you were unable to break free from their grips. Your life was crushed under their domination and spiraling out of control. Then you met Jesus. His love and power shattered the grip that was upon you and set you free. He clothed you in with his righteousness and gave you a new right mind.

Jesus’s miracle was great when he set the maniac free, but even greater when he set you and me free.

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