There are several portions of the Bible, for one reason or another, that stand out from among the rest. These passages are usually ones we would call “pillars of the faith.” Such is what the first ten verses are of Ephesians 2, in which the apostle Paul relays a gloriously grandiose picture of God’s colossal gospel.
Whether it’s seeing unsaved people prosper and succeed at everything they do, or fellow-Christians get all the opportunities, accolades, and limelight, sometimes it just seems as if you’re always dealt the short straw. Why would God let his chosen people suffer and struggle and endure such travesties while those who are in love with debauchery and depravity thrive and find abundant success? This isn’t fair! But once those words have gone heavenward we stand on dangerous ground.
One of the most memorable chapters in the entire Bible is undoubtedly Luke 15. Through three distinct yet connected vignettes, Luke records the masterful words of Christ that weave together an intricate portrait of the grace of his gospel. It is this third vista, that of the Prodigal Son, which most eloquently captures the redeeming grace of our Heavenly Father.