Any chance of parole?

My favorite book of the Bible is Philemon, quite frankly I call it the 5th gospel because it shows us the result of Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary. Paul’s opening line in verse 1 is “Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ”. He called himself a prisoner. He was writing this letter from a Roman lockup physically. Spiritually he was the prisoner Jesus Christ.

For Paul he wpuld eventually be released from that Roman lockup, as he stated in v22. That however would not be a release from his captivity to his Lord Jesus. In 2 Timothy 4:6 Paul acknowledged his time on Earth was about over but still this would not be a parole for the apostle. 

You see once the High Sheriff of Glory, Jesus Christ, has arrested your soul there is no parole. You are His for all of eternity. Now we as humans tend to get it in our heads that we deserve parole. That it is okay for us to take some time off. What we need to keep in mind is that there is no time off for good behavior, no time served, no pardon coming from the governor, or any slick lawyer showing up with a loop hole to get us out. Once saved always saved but saved for a purpose. A purpose that does not afford us to think we can be paroled. Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Until God calls us home w are to be like Paul and keep working. Thnk of it as a heavenly chain gang. One that we  want to be a part of. So, no there is no chance of parole.


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