I do not go to church but I do believe that Jesus died for us and I really need to find Christ in my life. I was thinking, “You TYB…liar (because you had an agenda to introduce your grilfriend) and not honoring your father and mother, destroyer of birthday party, son who throw away the lobster and trash the birthday cake into the ground (he bought the cake), a sinner and a fake and one who cause the unbearable pain that for the first time in my 45 years old life that I saw my father cried……why you deserve the gift of sympathy, why you deserve the gift of hugs from our grandchildren? As the son we must realise the error of our ways and seek forgiveness and change our ways, as the father we ought to forgive others and let them “back in”. God is the Father and looks for us to come to Him and confess our sins but He is always willing to forgive us of all our sins. Never did I wish ill to my parents or family. There's no doubt you've heard of it, but let's dig deep. After what you have done. And will God accept him back from his backsliding? I and the Father are one.”, Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”, Romans 8:38-39 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”. In fact, even Who Jesus Christ is was nothing that I deserve to brag about but was the result of God the Father alone Who showed me the Savior (Matt 16:17) because spiritual knowledge does not come by flesh and blood but is revealed only by God so to Him goes all the glory Asawa. If you like what you're reading, you can get free daily updates through the RSS feed here. Was I supposed to accept the continued disregard for us and throw her a party because she came home? The Parables of Jesus In Chapter 15 of Luke’s gospel, there are three parables, the Parable of the Lost Sheep (vv. No, I believe that God withheld His due punishment that the prodigal and we all deserved and that is what mercy is; God withholding what we deserve, His punishment but instead giving us what we don’t deserve, called grace. In fact the father had been watching and waiting for his son to return. I want to live my life according to Gods Word … there really is no continuation of what to do if the prodigal child goes back to their old ways and how we deal with a habitual abuser of a parents love. They did believe upon Christ as the promised Savior, but perhaps at the very same time they did not fully understand the Old Covenant was soon to be nothing more than a memory. The main character in the parable, the forgiving father, whose character remains constant throughout the story, is a picture of God. This is why it appears that this pictures a person coming to faith and not one that fell away and came back. That is they were saying they believed in Jesus yet continuing the practices of sacrifices which should have ended once for all after Calvary. The setting for this parable is provided in Luke 15:1-2, where we find the Pharisees and scribes deriding Jesus for receiving and eating with sinners. God bless you friend. Dear Jack Wellman, Ephesians 4:4-5: There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling;One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Jesus loves the church and the Scriptures said He gave His life for her. I think friends and family think I’m little off my rocker but who knew but Jesus. Hi Elaine. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. Stay blessed and keep writing, as your study of this text really blessed me. I believe that this will realize very soon… every knee will bow and every tongue confess Yeshua as Messiah and King. If he did move back home, he would have to abide by the rules, contribute by doing dishes, taking out trash, etc and work to pay part of the expenses. Thank you Ashcon for your question. You may certainly use it. Yeah that actually answers my question. Because you are unable to hear what I say. I am from Jamaica and that is my affiliation. This can not be a picture of the lost because they would never have been a child of the father in the first place. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”. I believe that the main message of this parable is to show us that the Father is calling us and that He waits with open arms, ready to receive us into the Kingdom. Three months later she’s moved in with another family What I find most interesting is how my understanding of the parable of the Prodigal Son has deepened over the years. He was perfectly just since he rewarded “all that he had” to the Faithful son for his long-term obedience. The Parable of the Lost Son. Identity Politics vs. Transactional Politics. Thank you. Why did Jesus feel the need to tell this parable to the Jewish leaders? Can you imagine the scene…it is hard to describe and the pain in my father’s heart I can tell is unberable…how to this happened to a Christian family like us…who taugh how to pray and faithful and yet…this has happened…I was speechless and shocked to my 85 degree…for all the time I did not say a word for one, I was broke (due to financial crisis I lost most of my 12 properties) and living at home and I owed my mom money and other brother money plus I have some personal issues which I do not want to elaborate. { 106 comments… read them below or add one }. Also, send me the Evangelical Newsletter. May the good Lord favour you and give you more wisdom and courage to bring the whole world into an understanding of who Jesus Christ is. Wow thanks. 25 Encouraging Bible Verses About Strength, Words of Encouragement: 30 Uplifting Quotes. Suffering Proves (tests) Us. It just may contain threads of a belief on the part of Yeshua that the meaning and goal of Biblical History is the reunion of two brothers, known by the Hebrew prophets as Ephraim and Judah. I talked to someone from my church about it and he said that a Christian no matter how long he has fallen into sin will eventually come back to God, hate his sin (godly sorrow) and that will show that he is saved. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He was dead (in his sins) and that he was lost (unsaved) but now was found (saved). 1 Peter 4:19 Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right. These nuts claim that God ...", "Maybe what happened to you was simply something going on in your mind or heart ...", "Medical science has progressed tremendously in the last 200 years. Thank you so much sir. It is people like you that make this website a wonderful thing to be involved with. In Jesus name. How sad that some Christians do not act very Christian. I say this because the father gives the son what he does not deserve (called grace) and withholds what he actually did deserve (called mercy). If she says she will follow the rules and after a while chooses not to and leaves again for a while how will she ever learn if I just allow her back? Thank you very much, it is crystal clear now. He returned to the father begging for his forgiveness and acknowledging his sin. I could not accept this and could not sleep every day….please God I need an answer. I pray that this is how it all turns out for my daughter. This may be so Chris for 1 John 1:6 says “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.” In 1 John 3:7-8 it reads, “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. She didn’t crawl home repenting. Keep praying and read Psalm 37 for comfort in this waiting. In the parable the eldest son are in good standing with his Father… Luk 15:31 “he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I She didn’t want to change anything as the prodigal son did….never asked for forgiveness, nothing. Why would Jesus tell this parable with the religious leaders and the Jewish crowd there? So say that a Christian was backsliding for several years. I will have to forgive the past and be careful not to be bitter towards my sister. My understanding is that the younger brother, the prodigal, was not a Christian who fell into sin or backslide but was symbolic of our being called by the Father (John 6:44). With no where to go, she decided to come home. You ask your parents why you get A’s and you never get acknowledged of your efforts, and your parents say “you always get A’s. The I would take my own son, who is also a prodigal of sorts although he is in his 30’s, a thousand times. I just found your web site this morning and I’m impressed with the insight and relevance of the topics. I too am currently studying this text to prepare my first sermon as a minister in training. Paul. If he did these things and did not do any drugs or things that are illegal, then and only then could he stay. Thank you so much for this wonderful article, it helped me tremendously in a school project that I had to do on this parable. We will rejoice at the news! I am angry because unlike the parable, my parents did not extend me grace. God bless and thank Ricardo. Yes, she just left and leave the party for us to party ourselves without the birthday lady. Once in a while I’ll get a C, and then maybe someone’ll appreciate me”? Parables are stories with meaning behind them. Therefore (I think) that the elder son can only be the remnant of true believers of Judah (Southern tribes), The younger son are those who fell into idolatry and were scattered (Northern tribes / lost sheep Mat15:24). This is by far my favorite story in the bible. Dear Jack, I want to say thanks for this commentary, I have learnt a lot and have been blessed. God bless you more! Thank you for answering my questions! You say the father represents the heavenly Father: do you think that both the father and the son are to repreresent what we are to be as people seeking Christ-likeness too? Her name is Jenny. Your parents just nod when you bring back your report card but nothing else. Come. One such … The father agrees and splits the inheritance between his two sons.Shortly later, the younger son collects all of his inheritance and goes to a far away country to squander his wealth. I would say that I would think that the elder brother was not looking out for the prodigal to come and was not expecting him too, but since we truly were all prodigals and the Father was waiting for us, it shows that God’s open arms ought to be how we receive them as well. Amazing stuff Paul. http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/10-ways-to-know-you-are-a-christian/. I had an idea that might be where this came from and it being Heb 6:6. I can always come back when I decide that I need to get back on my toes and be welcomed back, right? And I felt that this Prodigal Son was very close to what you have stated here. What resource do you recommend to find out more about the times in which the Bible was written? 1:6-7). Be blessed. I wanna be with The Lord but I’m afraid if I get baptized again that I would be crucifying the son all over again and putting him to public shame. I saw your words of spiritual encouragement,sir may you give me clues to deeply search for spiritual education. What they didn’t understand is that only if you are Christ’s are you really Abraham’s seed (Gal 3:29). In the Bible, there are three parables that talk about loss and redemption including the Parable of the Prodigal Son, which is the last of the three. I am glad this blessed you and as a pastor myself, your own words have blessed me too and I get this feeling that you are going to bless a lot of people with your humble attitude and that of a servant mindset. 1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; (10) Suffering is Inevitable. You said the youngest son represents someone with one foot in the world and the other foot in the church. Let us know that you came to Jesus on our contact page here: Contact Us. I don’t believe the denominations are the same. Dawn, I am so sorry for this heartache. The context of the whole of chapter 15 concerns the attitude of the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law. I read your writeups and they are spiritually, educationally and otherwise. Praise the Lord,at last i got the perfect analysis on the story of the Prodigal Son and what every personality represent. Thank you Tim…great point about what God may be teaching us. And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. I just struggle with wondering when someone who has been living for God for a while and begins to backslide if be or she was ever saved in the first place. but not ...". What is the meaning of the Parable of the Prodigal Son? Thank you for the excellent commentary. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book  Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon, Please also opt me in for Exclusive Offers from Patheos’s Partners, Parable of the Good Samaritan: Meaning, Summary and Commentary, "Sondergaard is a member of the New Apostolic Reformation cult. 2Pe 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. The devil is controlling her right now but that is ONLY because God is allowing him to do so!!! But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’  And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. For the life of me I can’t believe this happened to our family as it is written in the bible. Yet the statement “I do not believe that prior to this son returning that he was ever saved” completely contradicts that. Hello Alice. This is essentially like telling the Prodigal Father to “drop dead…I want my inheritance now!” This is because the inheritance was never given until after the father had died so the Prodigal Son was basically insulting his father and asking for the money now and saying I don’t ever want you to be my father again. I my self was baptized just a month or so ago. It is true, however, that rarely does suffering not reveal areas of need, areas of weakness, and wrong attitudes that need to be removed like dross in the gold-refining process (cf. Does this help answer your question? Suffering forces us to turn from trust in our own resources to living by faith in God’s resources. That is, the son never stopped being a son of the father. They observed the Christian practices but they still labored within religious Judaism. Too much to ever put into a response, but one of the more touching parts of the story for me is the simple phrase “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him…”. (3) We sometimes suffer because it is God’s discipline. I don’t know quite how to respond to that because I had never seen that approach. Suffering is not without meaning in spite of its mystery. They shunned me, expressed their disapproval of my need to seek psychiatric help for depression and an eating disorder and I felt lesser. Macx, thank you for visiting our website and for your comment. Where is my solace? Thanks Chris. I am secure in the fact that they love me. Thanks for Your deep sense of understanding and Biblical Exposition. May God richly bless your ministry. How about me? Please consider Job and what he went thru and it was thru no fault of his own. I agree, she cannot believe that you will accept her back every time if she isn’t going to be allowed to live with discipline. Our family has four sons, me and 2nd and 3rd and 4th. Thank you Gregorio. The end of the Prodigal Son Parable shows this that the son was saved in Luke 15:32 “But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”. Meanwhile, the father has a second son, who becomes jealous of… And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Unbelievers are children of the devil as Jesus said in John 8:42-44, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I am feeling that you aren’t really sure how to answer my direct question and I do appreciate that you do not have all the answers — God is the only one that as them all!! The Parable of the Prodigal Son was told by Jesus in Luke 15:11-32 and came right after He had told the Parable of the Lost Sheep and the Parable of the Lost Coin and His audience were the scribes and Pharisees who were complaining to Jesus that He associated with tax collectors and sinners (Luke 15:1-2) and so this parable was not necessary intended for the disciples alone but it appears that this parable was directed to the religious, self-righteous leaders of the Jews. My past clearly shows that I haven’t been living for him. He went to a “far country” meaning that he wanted to get as far away from his father (God) as possible. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. Would this person need to be baptized again? This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.”, The point here in all of the book of 1 John is that if there are no fruits showing a person is saved, then they are not saved in the first place. I can’t allow her to live the devils life under my roof. The son felt unworthy and was remorseful. be blessed. That is the ONLY way to confront our DISAGREEMENT AND DISSATISFACTION WITH HIS girlfriend for reason I don’t get into. Logos Sale! A grand picture of our Heavenly Father who desires to welcome us into the Kingdom of heaven. (4) We may suffer persecution because of our faith—especially when we take a stand on biblical issues, i.e., suffering for righteousness sake (2 Tim. I too loved that section of Father looking for us and that you said, to get a glimpse of God would be unbelievable for sure. She decides to return to the church/denomination that she left. It’s a picture of our salvation. The reaction of the crowd was most likely extreme upset and outrage, similar to that of the eldest son. Is the farmland itself of any significance to the parable? Don’t we all sometimes deny Him like Peter does? Positioned together in Luke’s Gospel, the parable of the lost sheep, the parable of the lost coin, and the parable of the Prodigal Son are traditionally interpreted to be about sinners repenting and God graciously offering forgiveness and reconciliation. On the Fourth Sunday of Lent, the gospel reading is the famous parable of the "prodigal son." Sometimes we have to wait for our children to come to an end of their own selves and to the end of their own strength. I believe this is teaching about a lost person coming to saving faith in Christ. I remember Charles Swindoll once saying that “God can not use a man greatly until He has hurt him badly…” and you can tell us a few things about that. You could call it the Parable of the Loving Father because that’s what it is about. The Parable of the Prodigal Son. So he divided his property between them13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. Notice that Paul didn’t say “unless you sin again.” No, Jesus said in John 11:26 “whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Growing up, one of my favorite Bible stories was the Parable of the Prodigal Son. She then called TYB and told him that “If you do not come back to REPEND and APOLIGZED TO YOUR MOM AND DAD, PLEASE BRING ME TO LOS ANGELES AIRPORT NOW AND I WANT TO LEAVE THIS HOUSE OF YOUR AND YOU AND YOUR FAMILY”. I for one, single handley was able to find a kidney donor (from CANADA) and she donated a kidney for my mom whom was in need of a kidney transplant and the operation was completed in year 2009, successfully. Remember that this son was in a pig’s sty and so was likely covered in filth and stunk up to the second heaven. I have applied this to the fact that this is how I would like my daughter to trust in what I say — if I can’t trust what my Father says then how could I trust her to trust me? Teaching about some people who are already And just like with Abraham – God is testing me! That’s the best advice I can give you. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. Hello Mr. Lane. If he had died in his “partying” life, he would have been eternally lost but the point is that the father was looking for him and the son returned (repented) of his own accord. We all need SOME incentive to not succumb to temptation – “you should always be good, but NO ONE will even acknowledge your effort, even God, but you’re good, so you should be happy” won’t fly in the face of a dire temptation – but the elder son never gets any. Believe it or not suffering is predetermined or appointed. They lost fellowship but never did they lose their relationship. The Prodigal Son, really? Just take a glance at their terrible fate (Rev 20:11-15) compared to yours (Rev 21 & 22). There is no promise in this life that we will be happy or that justice will occur in this life. I know, I just doubt wether or not I was truly saved when I was younger. The Prodigal Son. He then began to think of his father (God?) Dear Jack, could you pls answer this question for me? Could you please clarify what you mean when you say that God with-held MERCY from the prodigal son? Knowing the culture during the time this takes place always adds another layer of meaning. I have taken my daughter to stake and I am trusting God that when He allows her to hit rock bottom, down to the devils pit, He will call on me to bring her home! It is grace and not race. I just feel sometimes I have done too much for God to want me back or forgive me. You might not be expecting to get anything for your effort. I do not believe that prior to this son returning that he was ever saved. You are NOT to blame. Greetings Man Of God Did you allow him to do the “wrong” things just to keep him “safe” under your roof? Jesus needed to tell this parable to the Jewish leaders because Jesus came to fulfill the law, thereby making Jewish tradition of a works-based salvation unnecessary (Matthew 5:15-18). I completely understand that He has a reason for everything and that His reason (even though it may not be what I think I want at that time) is enough for me (I do wish I knew what the reason was so that I could understand better). As long as they are self-sufficient God will resist them for they are proud but when they are humbled (like by living in pigsty’s) then God will give them grace. John 3); he was lost (unsaved) and is found (now saved)” (Luke 15:32). I see a situation of a Christian Prodical/female minister leaving the church due to sexual harrassment then shuned and rejected because she reported the behavior. Thank you Ashcon for your comment and question. Appreciate your wonderful insight as I make reference to your teachings during my youth group. In the 78th episode of my podcast, I share my reflections on... Mike and I recorded a chat about all things Galatians yesterday. The Christian is not a solo act for Satan is prowling about seeking whom he can devour and he looks for those who are hurting, injured, and separated from the sheepfold for they are most vulnerable. Please come back again soon. My youngest sibling never had the responsibilities that I had. The blend of a biblical explanation in relation to the social context of the Jews of this parable is vivid and interesting. Yet this shows that God the Father sought us and called us and that we never initiate our own calling into the Kingdom of Heaven (John 6:44). His effort is to be expected, and it almost seems like he’s being taken for granted. Please come back again. and is found (saved). Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! The pursuit is relentless, it is effectual, and it is with great intensity that God the Father seeks those to whom will be His children for now and for eternity. When God chastises those Who He has redeemed, as any loving father would, He brings them to their knees and they see their need for repentance and return to God and ask for His forgiveness. Of course she is not there yet but I pray that in the future she will see this light shining through me because of Him. I see a lot of good fruit… be blessed my friend in Yeshua…. Thank you for the response. Does the son represent a Christian that has fell into sin and wants to ask for forgiveness? Just like with Job, God allowed Satan to test him! He had plenty of “friends” to help him spend it but quickly ran out of his inheritance funds. If not, that may be the issue for those outside of the Body of Christ, the church, outside of the sheepfold of the Great Shepherd, are subject to spiritual attacks and doubt by the Enemy. Thank (Steven) Nigeria. I really wish the prodigal son story gave more of the story after the son returned home. I believe that he is also teaching us about the older son who refused to welcome his lost brother back and refused to go the celebration. In Luke 15, Jesus tells about the youngest son coming to his father to ask for his inheritance ahead of time. As in this statement; “father gives the son what he does not deserve (called grace) and withholds what he actually did deserve (called mercy)”. What a productive week of prayer you have had and this sounds exactly like the will of God. This may be why the father provided a robe for him and sandals for his feet. He was dead (in his sins) and that he was lost (unsaved) but now was found (saved). “Testing” in this same verse is dokimion which has a similar idea. This is evidenced by your comment. Thanks in advance for your response. He was accepted with open arms by his father. Hello Mrs. Pike. Why is this happening to our family just like in the bible? 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