Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” – Jesus
We have two verbs here describing the purpose of Christ’s coming – “to seek” and “to save”, with a single object “the lost”. Christ came with a specific purpose to seek out and deliver “lost” people from their “lost condition. We must ask – “Who are these “lost” ones?” The Apostle Paul would have us believe that the “lost” means everyone who has not seen their sinful condition, recognized God’s solution in Christ, and, having been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, placed their trust in Christ alone for their salvation. in Romans chapter 3, Paul and describes the lost in terms straight out of Scripture, stating what was already written:
Rom 3:10 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; (Psa 14:1)
Rom 3:11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. (Psa 14:2)
Rom 3:12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” (Psa 14:3)
Rom 3:13 “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” (Psa 5:9)
Rom 3:14 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” (Psa 10:7)
Rom 3:15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; (Isa 59:7)
Rom 3:16 in their paths are ruin and misery, (Isa 59:7)
Rom 3:17 and the way of peace they have not known.” (Isa 59:8)
Rom 3:18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Psa 36:1)
According to Scripture, there are two groups of people – the saved and the lost, those who believe in the one God sent as Savior and those who don’t. Paul in the above passages from Romans described characteristics of those who remain lost to God, spiritually dead in their sin. A verse in the Gospel of John describes the present state of the saved and the lost:
Joh 3:18 “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
Both the passage in Luke and the one of the Romans passages (v. 13) speak of “seeking”. the Luke passage tells us that Jesus came to seek and save the lost, while the Romans passage tells us that no person, on their own (in their natural state from the womb),
A last question here. If Paul is correct in his description of the lost, how does any person come to trust in Christ when Christ “finds” him/her?
And that’s a discussion unto itself. . .