Without any doubt, one's companions have a great deal to do with the life he leads. It becomes Him. The parable also has utility as a warning. © 2020 Christianity.com. And here were lips of mercy. The persons primarily in view, as represented by the elder son, were the scribes, Pharisees, and other religious leaders of Israel. He was a son, but he had not the true spirit of his father, he had fallen into a very wrong state of mind, just like certain Christians that I know, who have always been very proper, and who have little sympathy with those who have been great sinners. Manifold and insurmountable are the dangers confronting the lost sheep; and it is no less true of the Christian who has forsaken the flock and the shepherd. So does God frequently cut an earnest confession short by a display of his pardoning love. Why is it also that, in the Benediction, Paul writes, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all.” Why, because the love of Christ is the first thing that the sinner apprehends. The Nature Of The Death Threatened As The Penalty Of Sin - Edward White, The Penalty of Death for Disobedience - Froom, Traditionalism and the (Not So) Second Death - Chris Date, Biblical Examples of Everlasting Destruction, Destroyed For Ever: An Examination of the Debates Concerning Annihilation and Conditional Immortality, Eternal Destruction Is Decreed Doom of Wicked - Leroy Edwin Froom, Further Biblical Support for Everlasting Destruction, The Destruction of the Finally Impenitent - Clark H. Pinnock, Biblical Analysis of Claimed Support Texts for Eternal Torture, Challenge to the Doctrine of Eternal Torment, Future Punishment is Eternal - Henry Constable - 1875, MAJOR Problems for the Eternal Torment Position, The Doctrine Of Future Rewards And Punishments In The Old Testament - Edward White, The Final End of the Wicked - Edward Fudge - Audio Interview, The Nature of the Future Punishment of the Wicked - C. F. Hudson, Thirty Questions For Teachers Of Eternal Torment, Universal Restoration Substituted for Eternal Torment - Froom. But this contrast rises to its glorious source in God's own grace, contrasted with the miserable self-righteousness of man. This parable is also an epitome of salvation. He said: The other comment regards the nature of men. What an answer to the horrid spirit of the Pharisees who made it an objection! Matthew 18:12. I have none of the high joys that I see these other people have. Scriptural Evidence for the Necessity of Obedience in Salvation, The Doctrine of Immortality in the Early Church - John H. Roller, Luther's views on soul sleep and the after life, Make Good Use of Your Servitude - Observations on Biblical Slavery, The Consensus of Current Scholarship: The Soul is Not Immortal, Killing the Canaanites - A Response to the New Atheism's "Divine Genocide" Claims. Thus, when enriched by the bounty of the great common Father, do they ungratefully run from him, Luke 15:12. Luke 15:30-31. C. Then, there was the influence of the prodigal's companions upon his life. It is said of Judas that "he fell" (Acts 1:25); and the sinful church was declared to have "fallen" from its first love (Revelation 2:25). Is My Church Really A New Testament Church? Vain, fruitless endeavour! Self-righteousness repulsed that which was not as contemptible as itself, and God Himself at the same time in His nature of love. And eateth with them ... See under Luke 9:19 for an extended list of the slanders against Jesus. "How many hired servants of my father have bread enough and to spare." After that reply, there was nothing more that could be said, even by the grumbling elder brother. It is the Shepherd who rejoices when the sheep is found, the woman when the piece of money is in her hand, the Father when His child is in His arms. 15) to higher principles-the sources of the one that was brought in by grace. How truly is Jesus the one to make it known! and apparently he did not realize that Esau's life is the classical example of a life with no fence around it (Hebrews 12:16). It is only the riff-raff that are brought in.” There is a nasty elder brother spirit. And as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. The woman sets before us the pains which God takes in His love; so that it is more the work of the Spirit, which is represented by that of the woman.