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Explain The Prodigal Son

In the story of the prodigal son Luke 15:33, the father says that his son was dead, and he is alive again, and was lost, and is found. Why was the son dead? How did he come alive? Was he ever alive before this time?

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You could read this story a thousand times and get more out of it every time. The son was dead to his father, as we are dead in sins, he came back to life by coming back to his father, as we receive eternal life by coming to our Father. Was he alive before this? Sure he was alive when he was with his father, as we were alive before we fell in the garden of eden.
Just quick thoughts, take it or leave it. :-)
---Todd1 on 5/21/08

#7 He let his own pride keep him from feasting on the fatted calf which was available to him also. The father offers abundant grace to this son also. Likewise, today many are completely satisfied with natural blessings offered by the Father, but refuse the deep intimate fellowship around the provisions of Calvary.
---Debbie_Jo on 5/20/08

#1 - This parable shows us the love of the Father. It goes much deeper than just the initial faith of a sinner. Both of these sons had received their inheritance for the father had divided his living and gave it to them. So it will be easier to understand this parable, understand that the younger son represents the believer with the traits of the "younger" new creation. The older who is also a son, or a believer, but he is controlled by the old Adamic or "elder" old creation.
---Debbie_Jo on 5/20/08

#2 The elder son is a carnal believer. The younger son is like some Christians today who are blessed abundantly in Christ, but all they look for is worldly things. They feel very self-sufficient, independent of God, and they take their journey into a far country, away from His presence and fellowship. Gods blessings are wasted there. he had spent all which really was a great blessing in disguise. He is a son by birth, and realizes what he must do, he must return home to his father.
---Debbie_Jo on 5/20/08

#3 A disappointed father, who was grieved when his son left, had been looking for him to return He saw him a great way off and ran to him. So God is such a Father. He is not vindictive, going over all the shortcomings and failures, and pointing out his present condition. He accepts his wayward son with open arms, expressing deep affection. The son shows genuine repentance. Although such words of repentance are necessary for him to say, his father does not seem to hear them.
---Debbie_Jo on 5/20/08

#4 He is more interested in restoration, and this is typical of the provisions which God has made for us. The "best robe " is the robe of practical righteousness. When we are born again, God imputes or counts to our account the very righteousness of Christ (Romans 4), but it takes some time to be able to put on that robe. The terms, "being dead and lost," are expressions of a carnal Christian, not one who has lost his salvation and then regained it.
---Debbie_Jo on 5/20/08

#5 Jude says an unbeliever is as "trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots"(V.12). The meaning is that they look dead and they are dead. Carnal Christians have an appearance of death because there is no fruit or other signs of life. They are described as being asleep, and as in the natural, only a close inspection can determine whether the breath of life is present or not. Oftentimes, they appear lost, having no clearly defined direction in their lives.
---Debbie_Jo on 5/20/08

#6 All of this describes the prodigal son. Now we come to the elder son, but not a faithful one. Like his brother, he depicts the carnal Christian, but instead of worldliness he shows the attitude of the Pharisee, who is motivated and controlled by the flesh, regardless of a pious appearance. One of the first responses is anger, another is separation from fellowship, as he refused to go in even though he knew his father was there as well as his brother.
---Debbie_Jo on 5/20/08

There is so much revelation knowledge in this story, and I only get 85 words here, so do you want the short version? or the revelation knowledge of all that happened in this story?
---Donna on 5/20/08

Much maturity and spiritual wisdom is needed to understand this story of the bible. It is a lesson in love, forgiveness, understanding, family relations and many other revelations if pondered and meditated upon.Some spiritual things are sometimes hard to understand or agree with but we must.
---Robyn on 7/20/07

The younger brother (son) took his goods and and wasted them. He left and went into a far country. By doing this he sinned against his father, he felt he wasn't worthy to be called his son. but his father didn't care what he done, he came back and asked for forgiveness. He wasn't litteraly dead, like us before we got saved we were dead in our sins, but when we asked Jesus to forgive us, we are forevermore alive.
---Rebecca_D on 7/20/07

The elder had done all he was commanded but was still unprofitable in the relationship with his father...and his joy at having his brother return was missing. "In His presence is fullness of joy." The elder had been so busy he had failed to simply enjoy the relationship with his daddy...and was therefore jealous instead of joyous when his brother returned and was given full rights in the house.
---Linda6563 on 4/17/06

Funny how that elder son was jealous and went into "entitlement mode" when the party was thrown for his younger brother. Had he been in relationship with his father the whole time his brother was gone, he would have known the heart of his father and would have celebrated with the rest of the household.
---Linda6563 on 4/17/06

Both the younger and the elder son were out of relationship. The younger, receiving of the Father freely, goes out and wastes his inheritance. The elder son, still in the house and having the same inheritance, doesn't get to enjoy it because he is too busy in the field. It was the servants who enjoyed the relationship and who knew exactly where to find the shoes, the ring, the robe, and the fatted calf.
---Linda6563 on 4/17/06

The younger son wanted his inheritance now, this is occuring in an Asian culture and the son is wishing your father dead. It is grounds for tribal and family banishment as if here were dead. But his father still loved that son and was over joyed when he returned so his formerly dead son is now alive to him. There is much more to this but space does not permit further comment.
---notlaw99 on 4/13/06

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