Gnostic Doctrine

Friday, 28 June 2019

The Prodigal Son Luke 15:11-32

The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)

The Jewish leaders were complaining about the attitude of Jesus toward the " tax collectors and sinners." Jesus' message made a strong appeal to some of these transgressors of the law, and many had already "come to themselves" and were starting life afresh. But apparently the Jewish leaders objected to this rehabilitation work for those whom they regarded as permanent outcasts. It is easy to recognize these "tax collectors and sinners" in the "prodigal" and the religious leaders of the day in the "elder brother."

"The unchanging love of the Father" While this parable has always been known as the parable of the Prodigal Son, it should be noted that it actually deals with the activities of two sons; and the real emphasis is upon the loving and forgiving attitude of the father. The father gave the inheritance to the younger son and then forgave him after "he had spent all."

 Later the father also forgave the complaining elder brother. The father's love is seen at its best in these activities, and the story clearly points to the forgiving love of God, our Father.

The "younger son" represents what is sometimes referred to as "human nature," with its desires of the flesh and the tendency to break away from all supposed restraints of home, seeking its pleasures in the "far country."

The "elder brother" represents what may be termed the religious side of our nature; and under certain conditions this may develop a "holier than thou" attitude. However, in both instances a change is possible through repentance.

Note how the younger son "came to himself," and there was then a complete change in his thoughts and activities. Above all, recognize the love of the father (as shown in this parable) as a symbol of the forgiving, unchanging love of God, our Heavenly Father; and know that He is ever ready to receive His wayward children back into his house.

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