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Squandering Mercy

1 Peter 2:9
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shed forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

Romans 11:11-24
I say then, Have they (*Israel) stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.

And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not high-minded  but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graphed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?

*My addition
Gentile = not Jewish: Christianity spread from Jewish into Gentile cultures.
God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for the sins of the whole world, as living sacrifice. Why? Because he loved us so much. By God's mercy we were grafted into sonship, made an heir to the promises and blessings of Abraham. 

We were saved by divine grace from our sins, and now we are able to walk in the newness of life with an opportunity to partake of eternal life in the eternal Kingdom of God Almighty. 

We were outside of the Kingdom of God with no hope of entering in until Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and opened wide the door to heaven's eternal embrace. All we have to do is believe in Jesus, knock on the door, and enter into eternal life. 

The blood of Jesus precedes us and escorts us into the presence of our Holy Father, the one who created all that is and will be, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

That being said, there are some who shrug at the blood of Jesus as though it were a very little thing. The door to eternal life stands before them, yet they hesitate to but knock by faith, and enter into the blessings of the Lord.
The mercy of God is our divine escort into the eternal realms of heaven. By grace we are saved. Through love we are redeemed from the power of sin, which leads to death. But who has squandered God's divine mercy? Who has cast it aside as irrelevant to their daily lives? Who has given very little thought to what occurs after death? What reasoning man or woman would turn their back on so great a love? I cannot fathom the mindset that would neglect the salvation of their souls in light of the fact that today we live, and tomorrow we die, only to face the judgment of our Creator.

Better to squander everything that we possess than to make light of the outstretched hands of a merciful God who has shown us nothing but love, who has suffered and died for our sins, and who has created a pathway to heaven through his death on the cross of affliction. 

Realizing then that the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are one, we have a threefold guide leading us ever towards the embrace of eternal life, if we but take a second look at the Door, the Lord Jesus Christ, and walk through the Door, following his footprints of blood.
How many times has God forgiven us for our sins, our wrong thinking, and backward living? How many times has he wrapped us in the arms of his mercy, and protected us when we stumbled in the darkness of our minds. His love brought us to the light of Jesus Christ. His love surrounded us in the midst of our ignorance, and led us step by step into divine grace. His love found us in our despair. His love lifted us up from the womb of pain. His love healed our wounds and made whole once again.

1 John 3:1-3
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

If we are sons of God shall we not conduct ourselves as sons; living upright lives according to his Word. Ought we not to follow in the footsteps of our Lord and Savior by sacrificing our lives to build up the Kingdom of God, thus accepting the Great Commission? "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen" (Matthew 28:18-20).
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