The Lord is always read to pardon a person, regardless of who he is. Here in this setting the Lord give this order, “run to and fro” What is this person searching for? He is searching for one person that is seeking for truth.
The Lord is ever ready and willing to forgive man of all his sins, John said “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin,” (I.Jh.1:9) He will stay the sword while the search is diligently going on, (Jonah 3:10) Declared “ And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil ways,” Evils are thereby averted from many who neither appreciate nor recognize their benefactor.
One man of prayer may call down mercy on great numbers, one enthusiastic Christian may seize hundreds from the burning fire, one lone missionary may be able to point many to Christ, one earnest preacher may be able to reach thousands for Christ. “Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus” (Ac.8:35)
The first movement towards exercising pardon come from the Lord even before people desire it. “Run ye to and fro through the street,” All the Lord ask for was for one man to be found, and he would forgive the city.
Righteousness is essential as a ground for forgiveness. If a righteous man cannot be found, the terms of the city is hopeless.
There is deliverance in the power of righteousness. Good men may become ministers, and their lives are a sacrifice of great value for the salvation of others.
The righteousness of Jesus Christ is an indispensable element in the atonement (Heb.10: 9, 10) declares “By the which we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” It is not possible for the sin of man to be forgiven apart from the blood of Jesus Christ.
Let us never for get the prayers of the faithful may ascent in constant intercession and mediation.“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (Ja.5:16)
Abraham prayed for the five cities of the plain. The Lord would have saved Sodom for ten souls “And he said, I will destroy it for ten’s sake.” (Gen.18:32) Our character and works are a constant testimony to the unbeliever. Abraham was call a friend of God in (Ja.2:23) The Lord saw Cornelius’ character, “Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.” (Acts 10:4))
I do not believe that God would destroy the righteous with the wicked. (I.Thess. 5:10) declares “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our lord Jesus Christ” He did not destroy Noah in the flood, he did not destroy Israel in Egypt, he did not destroy Lot in Sodom, and he will not destroy his people at the end of the age. To John the revelatory the Lord said, “Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” (Rev. 4:1)
The righteousness which avails with God must be solid and practical. A vain, religious boast counts for nothing “And though they say, The Lord liveth; surely they swear falsely.” (v.2) “Many will say day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works.” (Mt. 7:22)
God will save a person if he will let him. The Lord will begin his work of salvation from the least, and carry it on even to the greatest.
The righteousness of one may efficacious for the security of men. Sodom and Gomorrah would have been spared for the sake of ten righteous men (Gen.17:32) Lot was the providential means of saving Zoar (Gen.19:21) The one man Christ Jesus secures salvation for the whole world (Heb.7,25 ) Declares, “Wherefore he is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him,”
There is much that is mysterious in the principle of Divine grace which is here revealed, that we are unable to explain. Yet, there are truths entering into it which may be discerned, injustice cannot be done by God in the smallest respect.
The righteous are according to (Mt.5:13) “The salt of the earth” in what way? we preserve by preventing complete deprivation. Thank God Almighty, there is hope for the city in which one righteous man lives.