Posts tagged ‘prodigal son’

Transformed to Have Fellowship

Christians who have salvation do not necessarily have fellowship. They have the potential for it and the right to it, but there is no guarantee that each and every Christian will enjoy fellowship with God. When we become saved, our legal status is changed by God from unrighteous to righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21). This status can never change back to that of being unrighteous again as a legal standing before God. Certainly, if Christians are not careful, they can (and too often do) live carnal, immature lives before God because they fail to realize that they are supposed to actually pursue fellowship with God. It is not automatic.

Continue Reading February 17, 2016 at 8:09 AM

We Need to Pursue Fellowship with Christ

The Prodigal Son left, lived wildly, sunk very low and then…voila, he ultimately came to his senses (Luke 15:17). In other words, he saw the “light.” He began to realize the truth about his father. That helped him see what an idiot he had been and how wrong about his father he had been. His thinking changed based on truth, therefore correct actions followed.

Continue Reading February 8, 2016 at 7:40 PM

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 6

The Prodigal Son, who had experienced a complete change in viewpoint where his father was concerned, could now actually begin to enjoy fellowship with his father! He understood that his father had loved him the whole time, wanted the best for him, and was willing to do whatever necessary to try to make that happen for his son. Of course, no matter what the father did, if the son had not come to see his father for who he truly was, then the son would forever see him in a wrong way.

Continue Reading December 19, 2015 at 8:49 AM

Christ, Our Righteousness, Part 16

Wouldn’t it be nice to learn what the Prodigal Son learned without having to go through the things he went through? We’re all different. Some people can increasingly submit to God bit by bit, giving Him more of them so that He, in turn, can fill them with more of Him. Others have to do it the “hard” way. The hard way is when God has to take measures to use outside forces to sand off the hard edges so that we will submit to Him. In either case, the results are often the same. But God has a strong hand in this process too as we learn from Psalm 32:3-4.

Continue Reading December 13, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Christ, Our Righteousness, Part 14

I think we see this in the Prodigal Son. It seems clear that he literally and with vigor walked away from his father. It is clear that he completely misunderstood his father’s love, seeing it as something it was not. His pride, stubbornness, and sinful attitude kept him from seeing the truth about his father. The Prodigal deliberately broke off fellowship with his father because of the wrong views he harbored about his father. It took the problems of life to begin to move him back toward his father, but even there, he got it wrong. It was only the starting point.

Continue Reading December 12, 2015 at 8:25 AM

Is Salvation a Sure Thing or Dependent Upon Us? Part 3

What our friend completely fails to grasp is that the chapter began with a brief parable of the lost sheep, then segued into the lost coin. In both of those brief stories, the emphasis is on the sheep owner and the woman, both of whom went out of their way to search for what was lost. In essence then, we could say that these are examples of Jesus coming to the “lost sheep of the house of Israel” and attempting to win them to Him. Israel has always had an “in” and “out” relationship with God. That cycle continues to this day, yet I do not believe for one moment that just because someone is an orthodox Jew, they are “saved.” Jews need to be saved today the exact same way that everyone else is saved, by grace, through faith, in Christ. I also believe that God will one day take from the nation of Israel a final “remnant” of people who will come to believe in Jesus as Lord, Savior, and Messiah. These will represent the final version of the nation of Israel. Still, the method of salvation is always the same.

Continue Reading May 11, 2015 at 8:32 AM 2 comments


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