The Pardon You Didn't Deserve 2

Incomplete Pardon, Incomplete Restoration

But the king said, “He must go to his own house; he must not see my face.” So Absalom went to his own house and did not see the face of the king. In all Israel there was not a man so highly praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the top of his head to the sole of his foot there was no blemish in him. Whenever he cut the hair of his head—he used to cut his hair once a year because it became too heavy for him—he would weigh it, and its weight was two hundred shekels by the royal standard. Three sons and a daughter were born to Absalom. His daughter’s name was Tamar, and she became a beautiful woman. Absalom lived two years in Jerusalem without seeing the king’s face. Then Absalom sent for Joab in order to send him to the king, but Joab refused to come to him. So he sent a second time, but he refused to come. Then he said to his servants, “Look, Joab’s field is next to mine, and he has barley there. Go and set it on fire.” So Absalom’s servants set the field on fire. Then Joab did go to Absalom’s house, and he said to him, “Why have your servants set my field on fire?” Absalom said to Joab, “Look, I sent word to you and said, ‘Come here so I can send you to the king to ask, “Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me if I were still there!” ’ Now then, I want to see the king’s face, and if I am guilty of anything, let him put me to death.” So Joab went to the king and told him this. Then the king summoned Absalom, and he came in and bowed down with his face to the ground before the king. And the king kissed Absalom.
— 2Sam. 14:24-33

The OT’s incompleteness points us to our need of the completeness of Christ’s salvation promised in Ezek. 36 where under the new covenant a nature change happens in saved persons (unlike Absolom) David's pardon is incomplete and his restoration of Absolom is incomplete which leads the further hardening of Absolom's heart, it would seem.         

It is unfortunately true that some people will go to hell. They will never change, they will never repent. But let us not let them go there without knowing of Christ’s dying love.  Perhaps you know an Absalom as well, seemingly brazen in their sin. They have been hurt and they hurt others, maybe even you.

We can truth, but only God can change their hearts, for the glory of his grace.

In Prayer Today:

Thank God that he has changed our natures through Christ's full salvation.