PARABLE DEPICTING THE PROCESS OF BEING BORN-AGAIN
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“prodigal” = wasteful or recklessly extravagant)
(Luke 15:11,12) And
he [Jesus] said, A certain man [Father God] had two sons: And the younger
of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to
me. And he divided [distributed, gave] unto them his living [i.e., his
heritage, his essence - life].
Commentary: Although it was uncommon to receive a premature
inheritance, this parable illustrates that Father God permits each person to go
his or her own way with the “life” that He has given you. Well, what have
you done with your “life” which is your heritage? What are you doing with
your life now? What will you do with your “life,” your gift from Father God
in the future? Do/will you bear “much fruit” (John 15:5,8) for the Father
with the “life” that He has given you?
GOD IS THE FIRST DEATH
BURIAL IN THE WORLD NOW.
BURIAL IN THE LAKE OF FIRE IS THE SECOND DEATH
(Jer 23:29a) Is not my
word like as a fire?
(Heb 12:29) For our
God is a consuming fire. [Deut 4:24; 9:3]
(Isa 11:9) They shall
not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the
knowledge of the LORD [which is the understanding (rhema) of His Word (seed =
logos)], as the waters [the Holy Spirit’s illumination (fire) of the Word of
God] cover the sea.
(Hab 2:14) For the
earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD [which is the
understanding (rhema) of His Word (seed = logos), as the waters [the Holy
Spirit’s illumination (fire) of the Word of God] cover the sea.
And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and
took his journey into a far country [separation from Father God], and there
wasted his substance [the gift of life from God] with riotous living
[thereby “being conformed to (the patterns of) this world” Rom 12:2].
wasted = Gk: dissipated, i.e. separated (himself from); fig.
squandered: dispersed, scattered (abroad).
riotous = Gk: dissolute /// unsavedness, i.e. (by impl.)
profligacy: excess, riot.
riotous = Dict: given to or marked by unrestrained revelry; loose;
Commentary: “riotous living” = living out of control,
living like wild animals rather than domesticated “upright” men; living
without the “hedge” (Heb: for formation, protection, restraint) placed about
us by Father God (Job 1:10 & Psa 34:7); acting without the restraints
of Biblical principles.
And when he had spent all [i.e., wasted all his “living” Luke 15:12],
there arose a mighty famine [Gk: a scarcity of food] in that land; and he
began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that
country; and he [the businessman citizen] sent him into his fields to
feed swine [pigs]. And he would fain [“gladly” KJV; “He longed to” NIV]
have filled his belly with the husks [seed pods without seeds] that the
swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
Commentary: “in want” = he became hungry in desperate
need of food, but what kind of food would save his life? The world’s food, or
joined = Gk: ("glue"); to glue, i.e. to stick
(fig.):--cleaved, join (self), keep company.
Commentary: “swine” = This was defiling to the young
Jewish man because pigs were unclean animals forbidden to be touched according
to the Law of Moses. Significantly, they ate the world’s food.
(1 Cor 10:13) There
hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful,
who will not suffer you [Gk: permit you] to be tempted above that ye are able
[to resist]; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that
ye may be able to bear it.
(Luke 8:11) Now the
parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
(Mark 4:13,14) And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable?
and how then will ye know all parables? The sower soweth the word. [so what
exactly is the reference to “husks” signifying?]
Commentary: May we note a prevalent pattern of the world
manifested in that no matter howsoever generous this young man may have been in
“riotous living” with his presumably very many friends, that when he was
broke and in desperate need of food for survival, that “no man gave
(Luke 15:17-21) And
when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread
enough and to spare [an abundance], and I perish [am dying] with hunger! I
will arise and go to my father, and will say [confess] unto him, Father [a
confessional prayer], I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no
more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants [a phrase
expressing the loss of pride and the gain of true humility; the young man had
learned his lesson]. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he
was yet a great way off [closer, but not yet in the Kingdom of God/Heaven],
his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and
kissed him. And the son said unto him [his confession], Father, I have
sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called
Commentary: “when he came to himself” = exactly alike
the man miserably living in the tombs (graveyard) of his mind who was inhabited
by fallen angels (demons) until he was healed by Jesus, and came back into (was
restored) “in his right mind” Mark 5:15; Luke 8:35.
Commentary: “hired servants” = persons working for
wages rather than Grace, of which are a large majority percentage of the Church
Commentary: A secular adage: “The pathway to Hell is
paved with good intentions.”
Commentary: “bread” = Jesus Christ said “I am the
bread of life” John 6:35. The “bread of life” is made with crushed seeds
(Jesus Christ) and a bit of water (the Holy Spirit) and fire (“our God is a
consuming fire” Heb 12:29). Seeds = the logos word of God, and crushed
seeds = the rhema (revelations) word of God.
ACCEPTANCE OF HIS CONFESSION, HE WAS IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD/HEAVEN
But the father said to his servants [a transition has taken place], Bring
forth the best robe, and put it on him [the white robe of righteousness is
certainly the best robe]; and put a ring on his hand [Gk: power] [the seal of
the power of his family], and shoes on his feet [to walk in the two shoes, no
longer of “the preparation” but “of the gospel of peace” (Eph 6:15),
i.e., the Old Testament and the New Testament]: And bring hither the fatted
calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry [i.e., party time]: For this
my son was dead, and is alive again [i.e., he was resurrected from the
dead]; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Commentary: “But the father” = upon hearing the humble
confession [“if thou shalt confess with thy mouth” Rom 10:9] and discerning
the young man’s heart, immediately restored him into the Kingdom of
God/Heaven before he could complete his flawed prayer request to be a
(Eph 6:15) And
[having] your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
(John 6:21) Then they
willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship
[miraculously traversed the remaining 3 ½ miles of the Sea of Galilee and] was
at the land [the Promised Land, i.e., Heaven] whither they went [where all
disciples have been sent].
(Luke 15:7) I say unto
you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that
repenteth [and enters into the Kingdom of God/Heaven], more than over ninety
and nine just [Gk: innocent] [righteous] persons, which need no repentance.
(Luke 15:10) Likewise,
I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one
sinner that repenteth.
Commentary: our born-again experience is a type and shadow
of our being resurrected from the dead.