Every Soul is Precious To God
I Timothy 2:4 - 22nd Sunday after Trinity, Mission Festival - October 27, 2013

After church today, if I decided to take my own life, what would it matter? Or, if I decided to take another man’s life, what would it matter? Well, according to evolution, it wouldn’t really matter – because it says we evolved from space dust (and then later, what’s called a pimordial soup, or ooze – basically a blob of slime), which would mean we are basically nothing – nothing more than a combination of atoms and molecules.

And so what difference would there be between discarding a pile of dirt, and discarding a human being? After all, according to evolution, dirt could someday evolve once again, into another human being. (And then we wonder why the pro-choice position is so common.)

Many would argue that human beings are still very complex organisms, with feelings, and great value, regardless of our origin. But the problem with that teaching is that it would still cause endless despair. Believing that we came from nothing, means that after this “life” is over, well then of course we would return to absolutley nothing.

Scripture teaches that we, human beings, are worth so much more than a lucky chance of mutations. God says that we are the crown of His creation. We must be special and loved by Him – for we were created to live with Him for all eternity. God formed our bodies from the dust of the earth, but then God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

Science falsely so called attempts to strip from us our eternal soul.

Yet the truth of God’s Word is powerful and effective to free many souls from such descructive lies. His Word teaches that every soul – every single soul – matters to God, is precious to God, for there is joy in heaven over every single sinner who repents and believes.

To God, the value of each and every human soul is high, very high. There isn’t a single one for which His Son, His only-begotten Son, did not hesitate to die, and rise again. Rather than see us suffer the true punishment for our sins, God gave His only-begotten Son, that “whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

With each and every person we meet, we can say to ourselves with confidence, “here is another soul, for which God’s Son gave His all, and laid down His life. Whether this person is nice to me or not, is completely irrelevant. In fact, no matter how cruel this person is to me, this is still a precious soul, for which God gave His Son.”

What greater mission do we have, than to share Christ with that person, for the salvation of his eternal soul?

That is our dilema: not everyone knows this. Not everyone believes it. We have the greatest treasure of all, Jesus Christ, in our hearts, in our souls. But what benefit would this treasure be to others, if we just sat on it, and never shared it?

In our last hymn, we will sing:

“Let none hear you idly saying,
‘There is nothing I can do,’
While the souls of men are dying
And the Master calls for you.”

The Master calls for you. We all have different God-given gifts, and talents, and we all can, by God’s grace, in our own way, use those talents to God’s glory.

But what do I say? God’s love is so deep, so enduring, that there isn’t a single soul His grace, His mercy does not cover. He wants not one single soul to perish. “God will have all men (all people) to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

Let none of us say, “I don’t know what to say.” The message is clear: every soul counts. Every soul is precious to God. He gave His Son, for every soul.

We can say, Christ is the Savior of the whole world, including every soul. God reconciled the whole world unto Himself, by the death of His Son. Those who believe will be saved. That doesn’t mean God wants to exclude any. He has no pleasure in the death of the wicked. It means He wants every single soul to believe and be saved.

We don’t need a Phd to be able to share the good news. We can say, “The Savior went to the cross to accomplish all things needful for us to be saved.” Not one soul needs to perish. Believe and thou shalt be saved. And before Jesus ascended, He promised to send us His Spirit, to strengthen us in that true faith, and to give us the words to speak.

“Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”

That is the foundation. Not fancy arguments. Not a doctrinal dissertation. Christ died, and rose again for all. God will have all to be saved. That is the simple, but rock solid foundation for true saving faith.

It isn’t our strength that creates faith. We don’t create faith, but the message that we share, does. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

How could anyone be certain of salvation, if Christ didn’t go to the cross, and rise again, for all? But He did. That’s our greatest comfort.

“God will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”