- Religion and Philosophy
PRODIGAL SON A PARABLE FOR TODAY
In the parable of the prodigal son, the father has two sons. Each represent two types of children in the kingdom of God. The two classes are in Christ or in Adam. Or to break that down further, flesh or spirit, Law or grace, fellowship or works, all these examples would apply. Anyone who is not born again is still in Adam. Someone who is born again has Christ ” in him” but to be “in Christ” is a different thing.
To prove that scripturally, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory. Christ in you is the “hope” of that glory we all fall short of. When we are born again Christ comes to live in us in our spirit by the holy spirit. That is Christ in us, but that is only the hope of glory. Our nakedness, Adamic nature, carnal mind, flesh nature, the old man, all the same thing, must be covered with the robe of righteousness provided to us by the Father through Jesus and we must put it on. That is us in Christ, or abiding in him. If we do not abide in Christ even if we are born again we are still ” in Adam”
This is demonstrated to us in the parable of the prodigal son.
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
All of the things the father did for this son speaks of Christ’s sacrifice and our redemption by it. The ring, the shoes, the robe, the fatted calf. Most people interpret this son as being someone who has never been born again and I don’t think that would be a wrong interpretation. The same would apply to a person who never had received Christ. However this son had been in the fathers household at one time so this could also represent a person who has backslidden. I think the important point Jesus is trying to establish hear is that either way both sons were still in their Adamic nature and the younger son is the one who got it right. This son is the example we are to follow. the older son never did get it right.
Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
The older son had never left the father’s house and was working for him faithfully and he says he never transgressed any of the fathers commandments. This son was actually in a very dangerous place. He is prideful, selfish, and he is basing his relationship with the father on his own good works and he is actually transgressing the number one commandment love the lord God with all your heart soul mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
We are supposed to work for God, but Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3 (speaking to carnal Christians) that our works should be built on the foundation of Christ,or in Christ. This may look different depending on the individual and their gifts and calling in the body. Other works of wood hay and stubble will be burnt up by the fire of God. Love should always be our guide. You know 1 Corinthians 13 says we can have tongues like an angel, prophecy, knowledge, understand mysteries, faith that moves mountains. We can give all our goods to feed the poor, give our body to be burned, but if we do not have love it all amounts to nothing. Then there is the well known verses of scripture in Matthew 7:22-23 that says Many will say to me in that 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? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. That is why I say the older son was in a very dangerous place.
I have a prophetic calling on my life and because of that God started to reveal to me mysteries in his word about the last days and the falling away that has taken place in his church. Even though I had truth I held the truth in unrighteousness. Because people rejected what I had to say I became bitter and critical against Gods people and started to weild the truth like a sword. I had become like the older son in the parable and God chastised me. My works had become wood hay and stubble and they were burnt up in the fire of God. Thank you father for that, because they were worthless works any way. I liken this experience to what happened to Isaiah the prophet.
Isaiah 6: 5-7
Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged
My sin has been purged my mouth has been purified by the fire of God. I had to go to certain people and apologise and ask for forgivness. I made a promise to God and the people I offended to do my best to do everything I do in love and to let love be my guide.
We can get to thinking we are all that and we are doing so much for God that we slip into another spirit that is not the holy spirit, in fact it can be a spirit of witchcraft. Galations 5:20 says one of the manifested works of the flesh is witchcraft. 1 Samuel 15:23 says rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. Jesus was likening the older son to the pharisees and Jesus said that the pharisees were of their father the devil.
So in conclusion
1.We must come to the end of ourselves. Paul said when I am week I am strong. There must be a brokenness. A point when we realize that our own ability is our enemy. As long as we think I got this I can do it we are independent of the father. That is what kept the younger son in the far country, away from the father.
2.When we come to ourselves we must repent; that is turn from that and to the Father. The younger son said I have sinned against heaven and against his father. No matter how mature we are in the Lord, always have an attitude of repentance.
3.Humble ourselves, the younger son said to his father I am not worthy to be called your son. Humbling ourselves says we are nothing aside from God. Only when we are small in our own sight can God become big in our lives.
4.Let love be our guide; pride, selfishness, envy, jealousy, these are all signs that we are still operating in our old man Adamic nature and not in Christ. Love never fails. Love assures that we are in Christ and we are in intimate fellowship with the father. If the older son was intimate with the father he would have rejoiced with him over his brothers return and not have been concerned with self.