And he (the Father) divided unto them his living.” 2. I know, I just doubt wether or not I was truly saved when I was younger. Remember that this son was in a pig’s sty and so was likely covered in filth and stunk up to the second heaven. They will have to give an account to Christ someday for it…not that they will lose their salvation but they will lose many rewards. You did not come to yourself by yourself. It is more “What!” as in what is God up to. It took the Holy Spirit to awaken me to the grace of God and so I never found God…He found me. The title I gave it is what it is commonly called but when Jesus gives this parable, He never actually gave it a title so you make a great point. Where is my solace? The reaction of the crowd was most likely extreme upset and outrage, similar to that of the eldest son. Or is it a His books are include: “Teaching Children The Gospel/How to Raise Godly Children,“ “Do Babies Go To Heaven?/Why Does God Allow Suffering?,“ "The Great Omission; Reaching the Lost for Christ," and “Blind Chance or Intelligent Design?, Empirical Methodologies & the Bible.". I know that even St. Augustine had a praying mother who prayed for years and years for her “prodigal” to put his trust in God and God will hear our prayers. Yeah that actually answers my question. I know I’m not supposed to presume God’s will but it’s very discouraging. What a beautiful name. They despised the fact that anyone but themselves could come to God and they considered anyone not Jewish as sinners, just as the old son did his younger brother (Luke 15:30). 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. Stay blessed and keep writing, as your study of this text really blessed me. What does the parable of the prodical son teach! The elder brother thought that he had a right to his inheritance (the inheritance is really the Kingdom of Heaven) due to His being a son of Abraham or a Jew. The son finally spends all of his inheritance in sinful activities (Luke 11:30) and finds himself in a pigs sty, feeding the pigs, who ate better than he did. Sorry I wasn’t as clear as I should have been. 8-10), and the Parable of the Loving Father (vv. One such … I believe that this will realize very soon… every knee will bow and every tongue confess Yeshua as Messiah and King. Greetings Man Of God This is why it appears that this pictures a person coming to faith and not one that fell away and came back. Each of them is intended to illustrate that "There is rejoicing in the presence of God over one sinner who repents" (15:10). Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. She didn’t crawl home repenting. Thank you my friend for your comment and question. 11 … The Parable. Rev. 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). Although it has become well-known by this title, it would be better described as the parable of the forgiving father. No fruit? Take about undignified! 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate. ) The son did not return or draw near to his father until he was aware of his need. Powerful image. That it was so unbecoming behaviour to ask for part of estate from your father while still alive. Thank you for answering my questions! Parables in the bible always have a bibilical meaning or moral to the story. 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 youngest son had nothing to bring, no good works, and came back with barely the shabby cloths on his back. I see a lot of good fruit… be blessed my friend in Yeshua…. So, I personally believe the second statement the author made to you (February 23, 2013 at 11:14 am) is right. Amen my friend my friend…never going to repay what Jesus did on the cross. Many godly praying mothers have never given up and saw their children come to Christ but it was in GOD’S timing that it was perfect, not in our timeframe. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. The main character in the parable, the forgiving father, whose character remains constant throughout the story, is a picture of God. Bible Verses, Quotes, Christian Answers, Songs and More. God bless your ministry and training. May you be fruitful and over productive . I had an idea that might be where this came from and it being Heb 6:6. The eldest son represents the Jewish leaders. Yes that does help!! It may picture a person that is saved but that is not as important as what the parable is teaching us. 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. Hi, Well said that you can’t allow her to live under devils rules under your house. I have read and heard the parable of the prodigal son several times and it’s only now that i fully vision the representation of the 3 important characters especially the eldest son. I believe God can never fix what is first not broken and God must break our pride before He can even give us grace. In the story, a father has two sons. I too am currently studying this text to prepare my first sermon as a minister in training. The prodigal ran away from God but the prodigal never ceased from being the prodigals son of his father. Thank you very much! You are headed in the right direction and I have no doubt that God will bless your sincerity of heart and desire to obey God. It is time to come to the Father through Jesus Christ today as John 14:6 says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. Just right before the party begins, TYB announced that he would like to bring HIS GIRLFRIEND THAT WE DON’T APPROVE AND LIKE to crash the party. Based off the statement that was made “This can not be a picture of the lost because they would never have been a child of the father in the first place” lead me to believe that this article supported that the son was simply a backslidden believer. They lost fellowship but never did they lose their relationship. ^_^ God bless you. The Parable of the Lost Son. It is important to know not only what the parable means but to whom it was spoken to. And God never gives up this pursuit. It does not say the son was found, then lost, and then found again. As for Hebrews 6:6 let’s look at the entire chapter first but first verses 4-8 which is what the context is: “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. Have. Showing them that the Heavenly Most Merciful the God the Father has much LOVE and so MERCIFUL. May the Lord continue to enlighten you so that you will continually be a blessing to others in Jesus name. Thank you Ashcon for your comment and question. Thank you!! The Holy Bible, New International Version, Jack Wellman is a father and grandfather and a Christian author and pastor of Heritage Evangelical Free Church in Udall, KS & also a Prison Minister. The part I value the most is where you pointed out this story is about believers who have strayed, because unbelievers were never “sons.” This gave me great comfort in knowing as I return through repentance, He “runs” to meet me. This prodigal son was who I was and who every Christian was before they were saved. Please read this to let me know what you think. I really wish the prodigal son story gave more of the story after the son returned home. All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. I can’t allow her to live the devils life under my roof. Ashcon, I appreciate your response because I was wondering the exact same thing and read it exactly the way you read it. 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? “To the Father’s own, does He give “the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). 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. It’s actually a very meaningful story, the word prodigal applied to all of them the younger son who took the inheritance, a father whom rich for mercy or forgiveness and the oldest son who utterly disliked of what the father did to his brother with no mercy at all, that’s why they are called the Prodigal Sons, the father is non other than, God the father with message to all leaders of fairness or equity of treatment to a poor fellow and the rich who still have everything in life, it is a very good story ever been told. Thank you so much for this wonderful article, it helped me tremendously in a school project that I had to do on this parable. Does this help? The older son was outraged; he was angry that his father had allowed his brother to return and even more disturbing was the gift of  a rob, a ring, and a pair of sandals and a huge feast, in his honor, with the choicest of the fatted calves. Question: "What is the meaning of the Parable of the Prodigal Son?" I just feel sometimes I have done too much for God to want me back or forgive me. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”  The son rehearsed what he would say to his father long before he would arrive and so he arose to go to his father (Luke 11:20). Suffering Proves (tests) Us. Total lack of respect for us as her parents, for our home, and her brothers and sister. He then began to think of his father (God?) The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. May God richly bless your ministry. That was awesome to read, thanks so much for sharing your wisdom. A grand picture of our Heavenly Father who desires to welcome us into the Kingdom of heaven. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’. Thanks Chris. And just like with Abraham – God is testing me! Read 1 John chapter 3 to see what I mean. 11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 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. It was a shock to him. Jesus was teaching against their tradition and for that they would have been offended and astounded. So say that a Christian was backsliding for several years. For example, you mentioned that the prodigal son represents someone that has been called by God and has one foot in the world and one foot in with God. With these three parables, Jesus demonstrated what it means to be lost, how heaven celebrates with joy when the lost are found, and how the loving Father longs to save people. 1 Thessalonians 3:3 so that no man may be disturbed by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we have been destined for this. Thanks again Mrs. Pike. The way I see it is that the new covenant became fully operational in 30AD… at the cross and Pentecost… I read your writeups and they are spiritually, educationally and otherwise. What are these bends in the road that God puts in the path of life that we are to carefully consider? Thanks for the question. Just like with Job, God allowed Satan to test him! 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. So, I personally believe the second statement you made to Ashcon (February 23, 2013 at 11:14 am). I could not accept this and could not sleep every day….please God I need an answer. 1 Pet. The elder brother claimed that he had done all of these good things and was serving his father all these years but this shows that he tried to get his inheritance by works and no one is saved by works (Eph 2:8-9). Read them in the archive below. Thank you kindly for your time and dedication to Our Father. 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. I hope your sermon goes well. I for one, started my father ministries and donated ALL of my earning in year 2000 to start my father’s ministry till what is it now today. Hi Elaine. The devil is controlling her right now but that is ONLY because God is allowing him to do so!!! It is people like you that make this website a wonderful thing to be involved with. He would have been disowned and he would not have been allowed to return at part of the father’s family. Hello Mmakan. I have read the prodigal son many times. 11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. Jesus spoke these parables of loss and redemption to the "Pharisees and religious leaders after accusing Jesus of eating with sinners" (Wikipedia). It is a parable of how God views us and how we can choose to repent and turn to God or reject him. The Parable of the Prodigal Son illustrates this (Luke 15:14-19). 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. How will she learn anything? Thank you so kindly Ishmael for your wonderful comment. Last week was my mom’s birthday, TYB (The Youngest Brother) orcistratate elabrate birthday celebration and planning for my mom’s 67th birthday. The Parable of the Lost Coin in the same chapter, Luke 15:8-10, is similar in nature in how the Father seeks those who are lost: “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 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. I see the theme all throughout the Bible about love, forgiveness, mercy, and redemption. Why would Jesus tell this parable with the religious leaders and the Jewish crowd there? 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. Answer: The Parable of the Prodigal Son is found in Luke chapter 15, verses 11-32. 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). Yes, she just left and leave the party for us to party ourselves without the birthday lady. Is the farmland itself of any significance to the parable? Thanks you! The religious leaders saw their rewards due for their works. 12:6). painful for the Prodigal son. 15:13 gathered all together: The meaning of the verb (Greek synagō) has to do with the younger son liquidating his part of the estate so that he can depart. His love to us four sons is unconditional and enduring. Do you think that during the prodigal son was out partying and living in sin that he was saved? baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to In the bible they always illustrate something God wants the people to hear, but if a person was to read one without knowning it was biblical they could get It’s like telling Jesus that I have too much sin for your sacrifice to cover. The Parable of the Lost Son. 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. He then took the inheritance and ran away to spend it all on having a good time. Sorry I am responding so late. flee from the wrath to come? Thank you my friend. This ONE baptism is into Christ for the forgiveness of sins after a person hears, believes and repents. The parable is called the Prodigal son. Hello LaTanya. This is written in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 15, verses 1-2: “ Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. If not, they will face a judgment so terrible that your sufferings will seem like a tear drop in all the oceans of the world. He was dead (in his sins) and that he was lost (unsaved) but now was found (saved). God bless and thank Ricardo. Her name is Jenny. I can say this because of John 6:37. This is what the Jewish leaders understood and in their minds, they would not have received the young son back into the family. Good point and I totally agree with this. I do not believe that prior to this son returning he was ever saved. 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.’”. Wow, what an encouragement you are Romeo…thank you so much my friend…you made my day. However, the parable of the lost son offers us hope that nothing is really lost, that God can still redeem our past and give us a hope for the future. Jesus shares the parable with his disciples, the Pharisees and others.. Second, the reaction of the Jews pharisee, whom Jesus had targeted. Thanks. What i had always missed was the cultural issue of the Jews. I can not wait for that great day and will get to meet all my lost loved ones…and to meet you to my friend. 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 trust the Lord has a perfect plan for her and that that plan may not be what I am hoping for…. 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. I can’t do those things anymore and it disgusts me that I fell into this for so long. I am glad the story of the Prodigal Son makes more sense now. He loves us. The older son seems to represent Israel and/or the religious leaders of the Jews during that time. Today... Is it already Friday? If it is time to turn your life around, return to God, find a Bible believing church, talk to that pastor, stay daily in prayer and read the Bible every single day. Why is my language not clear to you? 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. He comes back and repents to his father and is taken in with open arms. Isn’t our God an awesome God?! The Father also says tells the eldest son, “…this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” (Luke 15:32). And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. With no where to go, she decided to come home. The Prodigal Son, really? 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. The parable of the prodigal son is about a young man who demands his father’s inheritance while he is still living. Sitemap | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Advertise, Bible Verses About Pain:10 Comforting Scriptures. I am a believer in Christ alone for my salvation. Thank you for your kind words. Read Galatians too. “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us"- Augustine, Copyright © 2010-2021 Telling Ministries LLC. 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. I think friends and family think I’m little off my rocker but who knew but Jesus. It was the pigstye that was important but not the farm, I don’t believe so Donk. 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!! I think…no I KNOW that we would be blown away if we could see even a glimpse of what God does in our lives to try and get our attention. We must therefore be careful tot accept “new” doctrine… Yeshua taught us everything we need to know… and the rest must build on His foundation. The Parable of the Prodigal Son (also known as the parable of the Two Brothers, Lost Son, Loving Father, or of the Forgiving Father) is one of the parables of Jesus in the Bible, appearing in Luke 15:11–32. I just want him in my life. I just sometimes lately question my salvation because I allowed myself to fall into sin for several years. God’s children, repenting and returning to their Father? Our family is not exactly peaceful, we have our challenges and difficulties but all the years my father is strong and able to keep it together. There's no doubt you've heard of it, but let's dig deep. Tank u very much sir, u ve given me an insight of this passage of d scripture, is there any atom of restitution process in this story of d prodigal son, pls Sir, I need a reply. 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. Does that mean they were never saved or that because they eventually came back that they were really saved? 6:7-9). I am so encouraged by your conversion. The Parable of the Prodigal Son. What does the bible say in this case? We hope that this reflection on the parable of the Prodigal Son helps you in your personal prayer and that it serves as a resource that you can share with your apostolate. Amazing stuff Paul. Fast forward a year later, we brought her home three months ago and the devil has put his grips into her stronger than ever — BUT, something drastically changed in the past year — ME! Then they can eat and celebrate because this son was lost but now he is found. And longs to see us come into view on the horizon so that he can run to us. Dear Jack, could you pls answer this question for me? She has been gone for almost a month — I have no seen or spoken to her and while it has been very hard and painful I know God is working His perfect plan in her life. I have an 18 year old daughter who has left our home recently because she didn’t want to live my beliefs in our home. The Bible is clear that everyone who lives a godly life will suffer in this present age…it doesn’t say that most Christians will but all will. To change life goals at 53 broke, underwater, 2 preteen boys, and a loving wife. and is found (saved). Because you are unable to hear what I say. I believe that you have a hunger for knowledge about God and this shows me that the Holy Spirit is working and active in you.