Jon Elswick presided over a fun, roiling theological conversation this morning.
The topic stirring the pot was eternal security and whether or not you can know if other people are Christians. Jon has a real pastoral heart and consistently redirected the conversation to fruitful, high ground.
But, despite the drama, I had a cool insight as we were talking today.
So much of our theological thinking orients around the legal lens: justification and sanctification. An essential lens.
But it's not the only lens.
When we focus on justification and sanctification, the conversation about security becomes about righteousness. How can we go on sinning and still be considered righteous? If we start to walk away from Jesus, does that mean we were never righteous in the first place?
The legal lens makes it hard to believe in any type of eternal security.
But what about the adoption lens? God is truly our Father. We are truly included in his family. Instead of righteousness, the adoption lens revolves around relationship. And the Father-Child relationship is a little easier to picture as a permanent relationship.
Without time-travel, there's nothing you can do to make your father not your father.
Why do we under-utilize the adoption lens?