by George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
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Luke recorded Jesus' words in what is commonly referred to as "The Return of the Prodigal Son". This has been taught in many different applications, but nothing, if anything is ever mentioned about the faithful son who never left his Father's house. All teaching seems to be focused on the wayward son who returned to his Father's house with much pomp and ceremony.
It is this writer's opinion that neither son should be ignored because both were sons in their Father's house. Today all Christianity proclaims "sonship". One denomination proclaims sonship over another, as being more called and chosen because of their name, their belief or their anointing.
Let's examine these two sons in the Father's house to discover who these two sons really are:
"The younger of them said to his Father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living." Luke 15:12
The first revelation we have of the two sons concerns the one who squandered his inheritance. He was the younger son. Therefore the son who never left his Father's house was the elder son. The younger son went before his Father asking for his inheritance:
"And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living." Luke 15:13
When the younger son left his Father's house, he went to a far country. When we leave the Father's house, His care and His protection, that first step is a big one. When we forsake the will of the Father and operate our lives by our own will, or even the will of others, we are in a far country, far from the Father's house, His will, His care, His protection and His counsel. We are then on our own and the Father's blessing and guidance are no longer operating in our lives.
This younger son wasted all that he had received in the Father's house. All the things he had learned were of no value to him since he had left his Father's house. He began to live what the Bible calls "riotous living". When we think of riotous living, we think of wine, women and song. But the word used for riotous goes much deeper. It genders to "a complete change in one's moral fiber". The Amplified Bible states:
"He wasted his fortune in recklessness, and loose from restraint living". Luke 15:13b AMP
This is the world's attitude. If it feels good, do it. You only go through this life once, so enjoy all you can. The New Age teaches that sin only exists in the mind. If you do not think it's sin, then it's not sin, because sin only exists in the mind. These are all mottos of the far country, far away from the Father's house. Yet these teachings of taking care of "ol' number one" has crept into the church's teachings.
Other meanings of the word riotous are "loose in morals, loose in behavior, licentious, debauchery, gluttony, habitual lewdness, and a disorderly life". A disorderly life is one in which there is no order. Our God is a God of order and when our life is out of order, then we, too, are dwelling in that far country, wasting that which we have received in the Father's house.
Gluttony is another attribute of that far country. When one cannot control their appetite, and through overeating or unwise eating habits they abuse their bodies to where they become sick, they can expect illness. These have not adhered to what they learned in their Father's house. These have chosen to dwell in that far country, wasting their lives, not feasting on the goodness they have learned in their Father's house. These, being loose in morals and behavior, are sitting in churches, unmarried, living together, young people dating with no restraints in their relationships. These are dwelling in a far country. They have not only forsaken the Father's house, but the Father's ways. They are squandering their inheritance they have received from the Father on riotous living.
"And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want." Luke 15:14
When this younger son squandered all that he had received in his Father's house, a famine struck his land, his body and his life. That famine is the famine of the Word that Amos spoke of, Amos 9:11. Famine is part of God's judgment. When God's judgment comes, it comes by sword (war), pestilence (sickness) and famine (the need of the basic necessities of life). When God's blessings are forsaken, there always comes a time of want in our lives. Our needs are not being met according to His riches in glory. Those who are dwelling in that far country, who have forsaken the Father's way of life, are dwelling in darkness and are suffering need.
"And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine." Luke 15:15
Suffering need, this younger son joined himself to a citizen of that far country. The word joined means "to glue together, to unite firmly together, or to become one with. Most have considered this far country as being the world. But that far country represents being away from God, away from His teaching, His correction and His fellowship.
People who do not desire to change, to be conformed into the image of the Son will leave the Father's house. All those who have left the Father's house are citizens of that far country. Those who have declared the life of righteousness as being too hard have forsaken the Father's house and have joined themselves to those who dwell in that far country to become one with them. They choose to dwell with those who agree with them, who also have left their walk with the Father. These are those who make up the church system today, who have forsaken the message of change and repentance. Paul wrote about these in his second letter to Timothy:
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;" II Timothy 4:3
These in the far country choose to have their ears tickled, ignoring the famine that has come to their land (the church system).
When the younger son became one with the citizen of that far country, they sent him to feed swine. The swine are those who are unwashed. The water of the Word has not accomplished its cleansing power in their lives. This man became a feeder of the swine (the unwashed). He became their teacher. He was sent to the field (the world) to teach what they in that far country believed: false teachings and lies that do not produce life, but keep the people happy and content in their ignorance, darkness and self-righteousness. "And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him." Luke 15:16
The word fain means "to set the heart upon". He set his heart to feed upon the husk he was feeding to the un-washed who were dwelling in this far country. He reasoned that these old, religious teachings consisting of the precepts and doctrines of men, which have been fed for generations to those in that far country, would fulfill his need for God.
Luke recorded that no man gave unto this younger son. Those who are dwelling in the far country, who have filled themselves with these husks, will receive no-thing unless it comes, or is approved, by their denominational headquarters. They simply teach the husk to each other from generation to generation. The husk is that which does not produce life. It may scratch a religious itch, but it does not change lives or produce the life of Christ in the hearers.
"And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my Father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!" Luke 15:17
This younger son finally came to himself, or he came to his senses and said, "How many hired servants of my Father have bread to eat?" This younger son finally realized he was not being fed nor nourished by the life-giving source of the Word of God. He was simply following religion and not partaking of the wonderful words of life.
He came to the realization that those in the Father's house had bread to spare. Bread is the staff of life. God's Word is life itself to those in the Father's house. God's Word is alive and vibrant, ever producing and renewing life. To those in the far country, it had become a dry morsel, husk that the unwashed desired. This young son was starving for the true Word that could only be obtained in the Father's house. He realized:
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" II Timothy 3:16
This young son was desiring some teaching, reproof, correction and instruction in his life. He needed the bread that could only come from the Father's house. That was the only bread that would satisfy his hunger.
"I will arise and go to my Father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee," Luke 15:18
This young son was coming to his senses, his Spiritual senses. He became aware that if he was to return to his Father's house, repentance would be necessary. He not only needed to turn from his wayward path, but it would be necessary to seek the Father with his whole heart, not just a verbal, "I'm sorry", but realizing he had sinned.
The word sinned is HARMARTANO and means "to miss the mark".
This young man had missed the mark that God had set in his life. This young man was not dealing with his original sin. If he had not dealt with his original sin, he would not have been in the Father's house in the first place. This was a man who had known the way of righteousness and had turned from it. He had backslidden and had become part of those in the far country who were going through their religious act, and teaching the unwashed.
This young son stated, "I have sinned against heaven. "Heaven is the Spiritual realm. This man had received the Holy Spirit in his life, but had chosen to leave his Spiritual walk for an easier way, a way of conformity requiring no change. He confessed, "I have sinned before thee." The anointing had left him when he walked away from the Father into the place of deadness. He was sinning before the Father (the Holy Spirit). And it was the Holy Spirit that was directing his way back to the Father.
"And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants." Luke 15:19
God had to bring this young son to a place of brokenness. Those who have left the Father's house, choosing to dwell in that far country, going their own way, depending on the precepts and doctrines of their religious system, must return to the Father's house totally broken. When Jesus was addressing the Pharisees who were also residents of that far country, He revealed to them:
"Did ye never read in the Scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder." Matthew 21:42-44
The stone the builders rejected is the Headstone, Christ Jesus. Jesus Christ is the Cornerstone. The Cornerstone is the Foundational Stone. The Headstone is Christ, the head of the body. When Jesus walked the earth, He was in the realm of the Son and became the Cornerstone, the mediator of the New Covenant and the fulfillment of the Old Covenant. Our Christian walk is founded on that foundation which is the Apostles and Prophets, the Old and New Testaments. The Apostles and Prophets are those God used to record His will that should govern men's' lives.
The word Christ means "the anointing, or the Anointed One". Jesus was the "Anointed One" while He resided in the flesh, but on the Day of Pentecost He came as "The Anointing", [see "Release of the Spiritual Man" by G. Kirkpatrick]. Peter explained this change when he addressed those who were present on the Day of Pentecost.
"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." Acts 2:36
God hath made that same Jesus (flesh) both Lord (supreme in authority) and Christ (The Anointing). The Foundation Stone had become the Headstone which is Christ Jesus. Paul recorded that Christ (the Holy Spirit) is the head of the body:
"Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner." Acts 4:10-11
Christ Jesus is the stone the builders rejected. This is the same stone but in a different position. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, John 1:14. But the Word did not remain flesh. It became Spirit and dwells with all mankind.
Jesus informed the chief priest and elders that those who fall on the stone shall be broken. This happened when we came into God's salvation plan, when we repented of the original sin and the old life. The old ways were broken.
The Headstone is above. He is the head of the body. Whoever this stone falls upon will be ground to powder. Everyone who returns to the Father's house must come to this place of total brokenness where the old man is totally dealt with, being ground to powder where there is nothing recognizable of the old man. The dust nature has been absolutely and utterly destroyed by "The Anointing" in our life. All our wants, desires, ambitions, and nature has been ground to powder and blown away by the wind of the Spirit.
This is the place this younger son had to come to before he could return to his Father's house. When this brokenness is complete, the cry will come, "I am no more worthy to be called thy son." All pride, arrogance and self-esteem will have been pulverized when the anointing has done its complete work in our lives.
"And he arose, and came to his Father. But when he was yet a great way off, his Father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him." Luke 15:20
Our first step is the hardest in our return to the Father's house. We must determine to come into His place and walk in His ways, no matter what the price, no matter how hard it is on the self-nature.
The Father did not require that the son come all the way by himself. He went out to meet him, to help him in his return, because the Father knew that without his help, his younger son could not have made the trip on his own. The Father saw his son's changed heart. All the Father judges are the thoughts and intents of our heart. The Father had compassion on the lost sheep who had lost his way in the world of religion, and was coming home to the Father's house, broken, but ready to receive as Paul wrote to the Ephesians:
"To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved." Ephesians 1:6
It was the anointing that brought the younger son to the place of brokenness. Isaiah, the prophet, knew of the day we live.
He informed us:
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing." Isaiah 10:27
The yoke of religious bondage can be broken because of the Anointing. God is going to free His people if they will allow the freedom of the Spirit to work in their lives. John wrote:
"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32
It is the Spirit of Truth working in our lives that makes us free. As Isaiah wrote, "It is because of the anointing", that the yoke is broken. The anointing does not break the yoke, but it empowers us to break the yoke of bondage in our lives. We can resist the move of the Spirit in our lives and remain in our bondage, or we can allow the cleansing fire of the Spirit to have full reign and be free of the yoke of bondage. Those bondages are anything that keep us from returning to the Father's house. In Paul's letter to the Galatians he spoke of this freedom:
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." Galatians 5:1
The Galatians were still in bondage to the law. It matters not if we are in bondage to Moses' Law or man's law, God wants to set us free. We can be free because of the Anointing.
"But the Father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:" Luke 15:22
The younger son was to be clothed with the Father's finest robe; the Robe of Righteousness. The Father placed his ring on his son's hand. The ring contains the seal of God. Those having obtained that ring have received the authority to act in the Father's name and in His behalf. Those who receive His ring go forth operating in His power and authority. These were to have shoes on their feet. They are shod with the gospel of righteousness and the kingdom of God.
"And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:" Luke 15:23
The Father brought forth the fatted calf, or a young oxen.This was not just any calf. This was a calf that had been fed in the stall. These were special for all to see. The calf, or young ox, was used for the burnt offering. The burnt offering had to be a young male ox or ram or he goat. Females were never used in the burnt offerings. Only in the case of extreme poverty were turtle doves or pigeons acceptable in this sacrifice.
The burnt offering was totally consumed upon the altar, except for the skin. This was the only sacrifice where the offering was totally consumed. This offering symbolized total surrender before Christ. This offering was not the sacrifice for sin, but a sacrifice of total commitment to God's covenant.
When the Father killed the fatted calf, this calf was prepared special for the return of the younger son, the one who had gone astray, but had now returned to the Father's house.
"For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry." Luke 15:24
The Father proclaimed that his son was Spiritually dead. He had become part of that far country of religious ritual and deadness of the church system, but he had come to his senses and had returned to his Father's house, the place of true worship and repentance.
This younger son had become alive again unto God. This is the great revival that man is talking about. It is not a revival that is going to fill church pews and collection plates as man desires. But it is a revival that is going to fill the Father's house with His younger sons. These are the sons that the Apostle John spoke of when He revealed:
"But as many as received Him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:" John 1:12
Those who have come to God's salvation plan receive the power to become the sons of God, if they believe on His name. If they believe on His name, they must act on His Word and become the Word made flesh. If they refuse or fail to do this, then they do not truly believe. These remain in that far country, teaching the unwashed, and living on the husk of their denomination systems.
God will give all those who believe on His name the power to become His sons. That power is the Holy Spirit of Truth that will lead us into all truth, and reveal how to break every yoke of bondage that has been placed in their lives. God will bring them to the rock to have the Headstone do its eternal work in their lives.
The Father's house made merry when the younger son returned home. The lost sheep had returned to the Father's house. The Father had left the ninety and nine, and led him back to the fold. There was a great rejoicing in the Father's house when this one who was dead, in religious ritual and feeding on the husks of religious dogmas, returned to the life that can only be obtained in the Father's house.
These are those whom the Psalmist David wrote of in the Sixty - first Psalm:
"Hear my cry, O God: attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I." Psalm 61:1-2
Those who seek the rock that is higher than they, are they that are allowing Christ Jesus to grind them to powder. These are those who have been obedient to the voice of the Spirit and have returned to the Father's house. These can truly proclaim the words of David:
"I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name." Psalm 61:4-5
God is calling His wayward sons to repentance, those who have left His house and joined themselves to a religious system. God is calling those who are feeding on the husk of religious doctrine instead of keeping their vow unto God and allowing Him to be King of their lives. Those who do not fear His name will never come into their heritage, and that is Christ in us, our hope of glory, Colossians 1:27.
Even though the Father divided his inheritance with both sons, all the emphasis seems to be toward the younger son. The only attention the elder son receives is when attention is drawn to his anger. We need to view the elder son in the light of who he is, not in what he did.
"Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing." Luke 15:25
The elder son was in the field (the world). He was about his Father's business, ministering, encouraging, leading those who are walking in the darkness to the light of the everlasting gospel of truth. The elder son heard the music, the dancing and the rejoicing of all the Father's servants. He knew in the time of harvest there was no time for such activity:
"And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant." Luke 15:26
The elder son did not understand what was going on. He knew the times and the season. He knew it was the time of harvest. He knew the laborers were few, and yet the Father was throwing what seemed to be a party for his wayward brother, the one who had fed on the husk of the religious system. The servant tried to explain the actions of the Father:
"And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy Father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his Father out, and entreated him." Luke 15:27-28
When the elder son heard and saw all the Father had done for this younger son, he was angry. Many times we are all guilty of this reaction when we are laboring in the harvest, striving to please the Father, and we witness the Father pouring out His blessings and attentions on someone we deem unworthy. We become upset, not knowing or realizing the Father's purpose in what He is doing. We forget the scriptures that God spoke through the pen of Isaiah, the prophet:
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9
How can we question what the Father is doing in His own house? In Paul's letter to Timothy we have God's assurance,
"Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His..." II Timothy 2:19
The Father rejoiced because one of his sons had returned from the death of the religious system to the Father's house. But many times those who are laboring in the harvest, who are weary, sometimes discouraged, who really need a word from the Father, do get angry and want to leave the work, believing the Father has treated them unfairly. Sometimes we need to be refreshed by the Words of Jesus as recorded by Luke:
"And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." Luke 9:62
Even though we have set our hand to the plow, when we begin to look back or even look around to see what the Father is doing in other people's lives, we are not fit for the kingdom of God. We need to keep our eyes on the Father and what He is doing, and not on the Father's house. We are not in charge of the Father's house. Our job is in the field of harvest.
The Father came unto his elder son to hear his complaint:
"And he answering said to his Father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf." Luke 15:29-30
This elder son had remained in his Father's house, keeping the commandments of his Father. We need to recognize who this is. So many times, because of bad or errant teaching, we overlook what the Bible is truly saying. Most of the teaching has been that God only has one son. God's Word records that Jesus was the only begotten of the Father, John 1:14. But the writer of Hebrews recorded God's revelation:
"For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings." Hebrews 2:10
God is going to bring many sons into glory. Those sons include those whom He has given power to become the sons, and also those sons who have never left the Father's house, those sons who had remained faithful in keeping the Father's commandments, doing the work of the ministry, laboring in the field with no recognition. We need to recognize who this son is who served the Father and never left the Father's house. Paul revealed to the Romans:
"For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God." Romans 8:19
The sons who have never left the Father's house are the manifested sons of God that were with Him from the foundation of the earth. In order to understand who the other son represents, we need to look at the words the Father spoke to Job. Job was a man whom God brought to a place of revelation. After the sins of Job were pointed out by Elihu, the all-wise Spirit-filled son, God spoke to Job in the longest dissertation recorded of God speaking to man in the Bible. God asked Job a series of questions:
"Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?" Job 38:2
What was Job's problem? He lacked knowledge. This is the same problem in the Father's house today. Those who are called by His name lack knowledge of what the Father is doing. Then God asked Job:
"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding." Job 38:4
God asked Job where he was when He laid the foundation of the earth. Job also lacked understanding of where he was when God laid the foundation of the earth. Again, today the Father's house is lacking understanding of who they are in the Father. The Lord went on to inquire of Job:
"Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;" Job 38:6
We know God's foundation standeth sure because He knows those who are His. Then God asked Job where he was,
"When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" Job 38:7
When God laid the foundation of the earth, the morning stars sang together and ALL the sons of God shouted for joy. The sons of God were there when God laid the foundation of the earth, and so were the morning stars. We know who the sons are, but who are the morning stars? These are the female creation who have never left the Father's house.
God created man, male and female. Today many are trying to make God's creation a unisex creation, not recognizing the difference between male and female. When God created man, He did not make a mistake. He did not create male and female the same, nor were they created for the same purpose. God has a perfect plan in all His creation. God has His morning stars, also, who have never left the Father's house, known from the foundation of the earth. These, too, will be manifest in this last hour of time.
Before we continue on, we need to come to the understanding that what has always been referred to as the "Prodigal Son Message" is not a "Salvation Message", rather it is a message of "Reconciliation". As Paul wrote to the Corinthians in his second letter:
"And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;" II Corinthians 5:18
God has given to us the "ministry of reconciliation", and we are to reconcile those who are called of God back into their rightful place in the Father's house. The church system has been taught that all mankind are the same and that there is no difference, that all men come into this life the same, for the same purpose, the same calling and the same destination. The Bible does not teach this. We need to begin to recognize who we are in God.
Many are quick to point out what Paul wrote to the church at Rome:
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Romans 3:23
Again, the word for sinned is HARMATRIA and means "to miss the mark", and truly all mankind has missed the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus that Paul related he was pressing toward, Philippians 3:14.
Every person that will enter into the Father's house must come by way of the cross and deal with and overcome the old Adam nature. God knew from the beginning who these are. As Isaiah the prophet wrote, "...He declared the end from the beginning," Isaiah 46:46. Paul revealed a truth as he was preaching at Antioch:
"And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the Word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed." Acts 13:48
"As many as were ordained to eternal life believed...". When were these ordained? These were ordained from the foundation of the earth. In Paul's letter to the Ephesians he boldly stated:
"According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will." Ephesians 1:4-5
We were chosen in God before the foundation of the world, according to the good pleasure of His will. Jesus made a revelation to the Pharisees that has generally been overlooked in the teaching to the modern church. When the Pharisees accused Jesus of eating with sinners, He revealed:
". . .They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Matthew 9:12-13
Jesus came not to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners. There must have been some righteous on the earth when Jesus came, those who never left the Father's house, those who always followed His commandments.
When Jesus called His disciples, He simply stated: "Follow me", and without hesitation they followed. Even Levi, the publican (tax collector), whom we know as Matthew left his receipts (his money) and followed Jesus. These were called from the beginning, from the foundation of the world. Jesus did not search for His disciples, nor did He give them a "Salvation Message". He simply stated, "Follow me". Those who never left the Father's house obey the Father's voice without question. This does not mean they never get tired or upset (angry). Nor were the disciples mature in Christ overnight. Jesus taught, counseled, and with much love and patience lived with these disciples for three and one-half years. Even after all this Peter denied Him when the going got tough. But as Jesus declared before the Father:
"While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled." John 17:12
Jesus' disciples were those in the earth who followed the Lamb "whithersoever He goeth", Revelation 14:14. Jesus' disciples were the example of God's disciples (learners) in the earth today, those who have learned in the Father's house, and are sent (apostles) into all the earth (field) to call his lost sheep to repentance, to bring them out of that far country and return them again to the Father's house. Then there can be rejoicing, music and dancing in the presence of the Father and His holy angels.
When the elder son lost sight of who he was in Christ Jesus, the Father came out to the elder son and spoke the words the whole body of Christ needs to hear:
". . .Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine." Luke 15:31
The elder son was ever with the Father, and all the Father had belonged to the elder son, the one who had never left his Father's house. These are those who followed God's commandments and shouted for joy at the laying of the foundation of the earth. It was these elder sons that Paul spoke of in his letter to the Romans:
"For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God." Romans 8:19
The word manifested means "to be revealed, to uncover, to lay bare." In Thayer's Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament, it relates that manifestation means "persons hitherto withdrawn from view are made visible to all". The manifestation of the sons of God is when God reveals His power and glory in these sons that were with the Father from the beginning to walk into that new day, to restore that which was lost in the fall of His creation.
Paul wrote, "...the earnest expectation of the creature..."
The word translated creature is KTISIS, and should have been translated "creation"; or, it is the earnest expectation of the whole creation that is waiting for the revealing of God's manifested sons in the earth, those who have been hidden since the foundation of the world, who have never left the Father's house, who have followed their Father's commandments and have labored in the field to bring in the harvest of this last hour of time. Paul prefaced his revelation of the manifested sons by disclosing:
"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." Romans 8:18
The sufferings of this present time are nothing when we consider the glory, the power, the revelation that God is going to reveal in these manifested sons, those who will inherit all things the Father has to give. As the Father related, "Thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. . .".
God is revealing His Word. He is bringing knowledge and understanding into those who are hearing what the Spirit is saying unto the churches. God's Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation is resting upon those who have been given the ministry of restoration and reconciliation. Isaiah foretold the condition of the modern church when he wrote:
"But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil and none saith, Restore." Isaiah 42:22
Those who are hid in their prison houses (the denominational systems) have been robbed and spoiled. They have become a prey to those who feed on their ignorance and fear. But there is a voice that is crying, "Restore" unto the churches, and that voice is the Holy Spirit who is attempting to set His people free from the spirit of darkness that is speaking today.
As Moses spoke to Pharaoh when he said, "Let my people go!", God is calling His remnant unto Himself to return again to the Father's house where there is enough for all. God's people need to rejoice and look up, for their redemption truly draweth nigh.
1.When the younger son left his Father's house, he went to a _________________.
2.When we forsake the will of the Father, we are in a far country. What are the 4 things we are far from God in?
3.The word riotous means: "A complete change in one's _________________.
4.What are the 7 other meanings for the word riotous?
5.________________ is part of God's judgment.
6.The far country represents being away from what 4 things?
7.What 4 things was the younger son desiring again in his life? II Timothy 3:16
8.The younger son said "I have sinned against ________________.
9."Heaven" is another name for the ________________________ .
10.What is the first step we must take when we return to the Father's house?
11.What was it that brought the younger son to the place of brokenness?
12.What were the 3 things the Father had his servants bring to the younger son when he returned home, and what do they represent?
13.What is the "great revival" that is coming about?
14.What is the elder son's responsibility?
15.We need to keep our eyes on the .
16.Who is the elder son?
17.Who are the morning stars?
18.God has given to us the " _____________________________". II Corinthians 5:18
19.When were God's people chosen? Ephesians 1:4-5
20.God's Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation is resting upon those who ____________________________ .
The Other Son
1. When the younger son left his Father's house, he went to a ________
2. When we forsake the will of the Father, we are in a far country. What are the 4 things we are far from God in?
1 - His will
2 - His care
3 - His protection
4 - His counsel
3. The word riotous means: "A complete change in one's _______ _________.
4. What are the 7 other meanings for the word riotous?
1 - loose in morals
2 - loose in behavior
3 - licentious
4 - debauchery
5 - gluttony
6 - habitual lewdness
7 - a disorderly life
5. ____________is part of God's judgment.
6. The far country represents being away from what 4 things?
1 - God
2 - His teaching
3 - His correction
4 - His fellowship
7. What 4 things was the younger son desiring again in his life? II Timothy 3:16
1 - teaching
2 - reproof
3 - correction
4 - instruction in his life
8. The younger son said "I have sinned against _____________.
9. "Heaven" is another name for the _____________ _____________.
10. What is the first step we must take when we return to the Father's house?
To determine to come into His place and walk in His ways, no matter what the price, no matter how hard it is on the self-nature.
11. What was it that brought the younger son to the place of brokenness?
12. What was the 3 things the Father had his servants bring to the younger son when he returned home and what do they represent?
1 - the best robe = Robe of Righteousness
2 - a ring = the seal of God, the authority to act in the Father's name and in his behalf
3 - shoes on his feet = shod with the gospel of righteousness and the Kingdom of God
13. What is the "great revival" that is coming?
A revival that is going to fill the Father's house with His younger sons.
14. What is the elder son's responsibility?
He is in the field of the world) doing his Fathers business, ministering, encouraging, leading those who are walking in the darkness to the light of the everlasting gospel of truth.
15. We need to keep our eyes on ________________and what He is doing.
16. Who is the elder son?
The manifested sons of God, that were with him from the foundation of the earth.
17. Who are the morning stars?
The female creation who have never left the Father's house
18. God has given to us the "________________________". II Corinthians 5:18
ministry of reconciliation
19. When were we chosen? Ephesians 1:4-5
Before the foundation of the world
20. God's Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation is resting upon those who ______________.
God's Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation is resting upon those who have been given The ministry of restoration and reconciliation
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
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