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Now his older son was in the field; as he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he summoned one of the servants and asked what these things meant. ‘Your brother is here,’ he told him, ‘and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ Then he became angry and didn’t want to go in. So his father came out and pleaded with him. But he replied to his father, ‘Look, I have been slaving many years for you, and I have never disobeyed your orders, yet you never gave me a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your assets with prostitutes, you slaughtered the fattened calf for him.’ ‘Son,’ he said to him, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ ~ Luke 15:25-32, HCSB
All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ…. ~ Romans 8:14-17, HCSB
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens. For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In loveHe predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved. We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. ~ Ephesians 1:3-8, HCSB
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! Together with Christ Jesus He also raised us up and seated us in the heavens, so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace through His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— ~ Ephesians 2:4-8, HCSB
But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah. ~ Ephesians 2:13, HCSB
His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires. ~ 2 Peter 1:3-4, HCSB
On the surface, the Parable of the Lost Son/Prodigal Son is about God’s unconditional Love and Forgiveness, as well as about God’s redemptive Grace and Mercy. Underneath the surface, however, are many layers of rich meanings. Because the Parable of the Lost Son/Prodigal Son is not as cut-and-dried as many Bible teachers would have people to believe, there are way too many truly born again and saved believers in Christ Jesus who have missed the deeper meanings of this parable.
Oh most believers understand why the younger son is described as the prodigal son—the one who, in a carelessly extravagant fashion, wasted his inheritance, but very few of these believers understand that far too many of the world’s born again and saved believers behave just like the prodigal son—just like the son who stayed with his father (see the Parable of the Lost Son/Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32). That’s right! Only a few of today’s believers understand that both sons are prodigals—both sons are reckless and imprudent. Furthermore, since in said parable Christ Jesus is speaking to the proud, judgmental, self-righteous Jewish Pharisees and Scribes, there is no doubt that they (the Jewish Pharisees and Scribes) also would have seen both sons’ behavior as being offensive to their father!
Definitely the younger son does an unspeakable thing—he makes a disrespectful and shocking demand. He asks his father for the inheritance that wouldn’t normally be his, until after his father had died. Basically, because he asks for his inheritance while his father is still alive, the younger son is saying to his father: “I wish you were dead.” Thus, from the start, this younger son’s condition is visibly lost (he’s horribly destitute), so much so that by the time he gets his inheritance and leaves home, there is no denying that, spiritually speaking, he is leaving unsaved (dead spiritually)!
Similarly, the older son also does an unthinkable thing—he accuses his father of treating him unfairly, and he criticizes his father for giving so much of his riches to his wayward son. The older brother also behaves as if he is much better than his younger brother, so his destitute condition also is seen from the start. The older prodigal son’s attitude undoubtedly is extremely negative: he is arrogant, self-righteous, critical, harsh, and domineering. Therefore, he too is lost, even though he stays home (he’s at home and, spiritually speaking, born again and saved, but so out of touch with his father). More important, he’s apparently more concerned with the work he has been doing for his father than he is concerned about the work his father, who represents Father God, already has DONE for him; thus, he is estranged (spiritually separated) because of his attitude.
Put differently, most believers understand that like the first Adam who sinned/rebelled against God, when he recklessly abandoned his condition and position, the younger son in the Parable of the Lost Son/Prodigal Son also recklessly abandons his condition and position. Indeed, because of the sin in this younger brother’s life, it takes him running out of his earthly inheritance before he recognizes his life’s destitute condition—it takes becoming financially poor before this young man is forced to realize that as long as he remains in a faraway territory or physically separated from his earthly father, who, as previously mentioned, symbolizes the loving, forgiving, merciful, gracious, and more than abundantly rich heavenly Father God, he (the younger prodigal son) would continue to have no riches, no deliverance, no healing, no hope of reconciliation, and no future glory. In other words, the younger brother now recognizes that he not only is physically poor but also spiritually poor (his destitute condition)! Additionally, he also realizes that he is both physically and spiritually out of position—physically separated from his earthly father and, thus, spiritually separated from his heavenly Father (spiritually dead; spiritually lost).
As for the older prodigal son, once again, most believers fail to recognize or understand that to some degree, like the first Adam, the older brother also recklessly abandons his condition and position! Though the older son stays with his earthly father and continues to help him build up his estate (symbolically, helps Christ Jesus build up God’s Kingdom), by working in the field (laboring in the vineyard as a born again and saved believer, so to speak), inwardly, the older brother is blind to the fact that he too is far away from home (out of position) and blind to the fact that he is also experiencing a destitute condition (unaware that he is spiritually carnal; spiritually immature; spiritually in need of an attitudinal adjustment). In other words, because the older brother isn’t being changed from the inside out—isn’t being changed from his spirit to his soul to his body—so that he could reflect the level of spiritual maturity that he should have been achieving by staying with his father (by being a born again and saved child of God), he ends up displaying a negative attitude (negative thinking and/or feelings)—he is angry, argumentative, arrogant, selfish, unforgiving, and joyless (cf. Luke 15:25-29). Furthermore, his stinking attitude is presented in contrast with his father’s positively sweet-smelling attitude, which is loving, peaceable, gentle, humble, selfless, kind, compassionate, forgiving, and joyful (cf. Luke 15:31-32).
Consequently, the Lord describes the older prodigal son as being disobedient, since he refuses to leave the field and enter back into his father’s house, even though he knows that is his father’s will. There can be no doubt, then, why the father, who comes out to meet his younger son who is returning home (the son who once was dead but now is alive), also has to go back out to meet his older son in the field. He goes to his older son so that he can plead with him to rejoice along with him over his younger brother’s return. The picture here is of God’s born again and saved older son who, because of Christ Jesus’ sacrifice, and because of God’s Grace and the Power of His Holy Spirit, has inherited the Father’s estate—has inherited ALL the riches of God’s Grace, which God has lavished on him—YET he is not behaving like he has inherited his Father’s true Nature (His merciful, gracious, loving, forgiving, holy, righteous character, and so forth). In a nutshell, this older brother is being depicted as someone who neither shows his earthly father nor his earthly brother genuine love, kindness, or compassion, which, spiritually speaking, also means he is treating Father God and His Offspring the same way!
Lastly, this older brother is described as a believer in Christ Jesus who is unfaithful, primarily because he doesn’t understand what he already has inherited. In other words, because he doesn’t have a clue about how rich and blessed he already is, and therefore NEVER utilizes the abundance that always has been at his disposal, his unfaithfulness ends up diminishing the value of the work he has done. The point here is that although he stays with his father (although he never loses his relationship with his father), he has chosen to live spiritually out of position—has chosen to live spiritually estranged from his Father, because he hasn’t chosen to live a Christlike life! The reason why all of these statements are true is that, once again, in the Parable of the Lost Son/Prodigal Son, the earthly father symbolizes the heavenly Father, who has given each and every born again and saved son and daughter His Spiritual DNA and lavished on each one of His children ALL of the riches of His Grace!
It is important to note here that neither the younger nor the older brother’s behavior is unique. According to Scriptures, when the first Adam recklessly and imprudently sinned, he also recklessly and imprudently deserted his condition—he lost his God given spiritual DNA (Divine Nature and Authority, along with his God-given Power, Will, spiritual gifts, dominion, and so forth). That is to say, the first Adam immediately was introduced to his destitute condition—he instantly learned that he was spiritually poor. Moreover, when the first Adam also recklessly and imprudently abandoned his priestly and kingly position, he immediately not only outwardly lost his priestly and kingly dominion on Earth but also inwardly his spirit lost its seat in heavenly places. In other words, because of the original sin, Adam became spiritually dead—spiritually separated from God.
Consequently, every person born thereafter of earthy parents has come into this world positioned in Adam and having his same destitute condition. To be exact, every born alive human being immediately receives Adam’s imputed sin nature, which results in an immediate spiritual death. This means that as a lost soul (as a prodigal son whose inner spirit has not been born again and, thus, has not received the gift of Salvation by Grace (by God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense; see 2 Peter 1:3-4) through Faith in Christ Jesus, he or she also neither will have God’s DNA (Divine Nature & Authority) nor His Will, Power, spiritual gifts, and etc. Additionally, because he or she hasn’t received Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Savior, by Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ, this Divine Truth is why every person’s inner spirit also will remain spiritually dead (will be spiritually separated from God). This all means that before each believer could become Christ Jesus’ disciples and Father God’s sons, his or her dead spirit first had to be rejuvenated—first had to be born from above by the Power of the Holy Spirit!
Once believers’ individual destitute condition changes from being spiritually lost sons (spiritually dead, impoverished, lacking, hopeless, hurting, sick, and etc.) to spiritually reborn Sons (or Huios, in the Greek language, which means Father God’s Offspring), this change will mean that at the very moment when the gift of Salvation is received that is when believers also receive Father God’s Spirit of adoption (their heavenly Sonship). Furthermore, because of the Lord’s imputed righteousness (Him making believers’ individual spirit or heart spiritually righteous or justified), these born again and saved believers’ position in Adam (being spiritually separated from God, because of Adam’s imputed unrighteousness or sin nature, which everyone receives at birth) also changes to their position in Christ Jesus.
In essence, because of Christ Jesus’ righteousness, which also is God’s righteousness that believers are accredited with the moment they receive Salvation, they now have been presented as if they had never sinned; they have entered into a royal relationship with God. Their royal relationship means that not only are they His Sons but also His priests and kings. Moreover, they have received eternal life; they have received the indwelling Holy Spirit who subsequently infills them; they have received God’s DNA (His Divine Nature and Authority, as well as His Will and His Power); they have received spiritual gifts; and they have received so much more, all because of God’s GRACE (God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense; cf. 2 Peter 1:3-4).
Now even though Christ Jesus’ sacrifice, God’s Grace, and God’s Holy Spirit (Power) have dealt with born again and saved believers’ sin nature that was in their old heart (old spirit), which means their old sin nature no longer can rule them (they no longer can be a slave to sin), because they have died to sin (cf. Romans 6:2; 6; see also Ephesians 4:20-24) and now are free from sin (cf. Romans 6:7), the sad truth is that way too many born again and saved believers’ individual condition remains destitute! Like the older prodigal son, within their souls is a vile attitude—an attitude that is carnal, negative, and rebellious. As a result, too many born again and saved believers live their lives out of position; that is to say, they are NOT living like the priests and kings they have been raised up in Christ Jesus to be.
In other words, where EVERY believer’s condition and his or her position in Christ Jesus are concerned, his or her old nature’s rulership is never the issue. Every born again and saved believer absolutely has been conditioned (reborn) and positioned (justified) in Christ Jesus, which means the Lord has removed EVERY believer’s sins and his or her sin nature from his or her human spirit. Put differently, Christ Jesus’ shed blood didn’t just cover every believer’s sins and sin nature. His shed blood actually eradicated every man and every woman’s sins AND his and her old-man nature (sin nature), and this means that each believer now has a new-man nature—he and she now is a brand new creation. Therefore, the sins he or she might commit, after being born again and saved, are not because his or her reborn spirit has been separated from God again. No, no. What is happening, when a born again and saved believer sins, is that this person is being disobedient and unfaithful to his or her day-to-day relationship with the Lord.
Look at it this way: Even though every believer has a new holy and righteous nature (new heart or new spirit), his or her mind and body haven’t been thoroughly changed (successfully reprogrammed). As a result, he or she still will have some of his or her old wrong and/or sinful values, beliefs, and practices, which need to be transformed. In a nutshell, every believer’s leftover sinful thinking and sinful behavior also must experience a metamorphosis, in order to be rid of the residual stinking thinking and ungodly behavior that, more often than not, have kept him or her from becoming more Christlike.
Until this metamorphic process is completed, many believers’ relationship with the Lord regularly is influenced more by their individual unregenerate, lacking complete reprogramming soul (mind, will, emotions, conscience, affections, personality, desires, imagination, and so forth). Unlike their born-again spirit, which daily is influenced by the indwelling and infilling Holy Spirit, every day their soul is influenced by their body’s external surroundings, primarily everything that stimulates the five senses—everything their body feels, tastes, sees, hears, or smells. Because believers’ soul and body have not become instantly transformed, nor instantly saved, these Divine Truths are why God gave believers His Holy Spirit so that the Holy Spirit gradually could sanctify or transform believers’ old stinking thinking, old desires, old emotions, old flesh, and so forth, to Christ’s thinking, desires, emotions, and lifestyle.
The point here is that while all believers are protected from eternal judgment/punishment (see Romans 8:1), too many believers’ individual spirit, soul, and body are not becoming wholly sanctified (see 1 Thessalonians 5:23). Because so many believers do not realize that when they were reconciled back to God (justified) they received a brand new identity in Christ Jesus, they spend much of their spiritually born again and saved lives in a condition and a position that do not represent their new identity. From the Lord’s description of the older prodigal son, and from the apostle Paul’s description of believers in the “church” at Corinth, which perhaps is the best example of believers having received their condition and position in Christ Jesus but they aren’t living in accordance with their condition and position, some believers today can see that too many professed born again and saved believers also do not operate in all of the riches of God’s Grace, which He has lavished on them!
For sure, even though the spiritual condition of all believers is perfect (their individual “spirits” are completely holy), instead of them living their day-to-day lives in a Christlike manner, they end up having a relationship with their Father God that is based on their work for Him instead of based on their Love for him (see Luke 15:29); they are quarreling/feuding among themselves (see Luke 15:28-30; 1 Corinthians 1:11); they are carnal or fleshly (see Luke 15:28-30, 1 Corinthians 3:1-3); they are arrogant or puffed up (see Luke 15:28-30, 1 Corinthians 4:18); they are failing to judge the immorality within their fellowship community (see 1 Corinthians 5:1-5), and they are guilty of not holding everyone in their fellowship community accountable, but rather were suing believers in secular courts (see 1 Corinthians 6:7). In essence, like the older prodigal son and the “church” members in Corinth, too many of today’s believers are angry, argumentative, arrogant, selfish, unforgiving, and joyless. Additionally, they neither show their heavenly Father nor His children true Agápe love, kindness, or compassion!
The Good News is that, while many believers in Christ Jesus might not function with all of the riches of His Grace (their total spiritual inheritance), the result of which is that they end up reflecting to a lost world their imperfect and sinful soulish condition that ultimately leads to these believers living out of position, they never will lose their relationship with God. Why won’t they lose their relationship with God, when they become estranged because of their spiritual condition and spiritual position? The Divine reason is that every believer in Christ Jesus, no matter whether he or she behaves carnally or spiritually, shares eternal life (John 20:31; 1 John 5:11-12), shares the Lord’s imputed righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9), shares the election of Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:1-2), shares the destiny of Christ Jesus (Romans 8:16-17; Romans 8:23; Romans 8:29; Hebrews 2:11), shares the Sonship of Christ Jesus (Romans 8:16-17; Ephesians 1:5; Galatians 3:26), shares the heirship of Christ Jesus (Romans 8:16-17; 1 Peter 1:4-5), shares the priestship of Christ Jesus (Hebrews 10:10-14; 1 Peter 2:5-9), and shares kingship or the eternal Kingdom of Christ Jesus (2 Peter 1:10-11; Revelation 1:5-6). The sad news is that, even though all true believers, whether carnal or spiritual, will make it into Heaven, many of them will get there looking and smelling like they barely escaped through fire (cf. 1 Corinthians 3:15), instead of looking and smelling like the priests and kings their identity in Christ Jesus says they are.
The bottom line is this: In order to understand fully the deeper meanings of the Parable of the Lost Son/Parable Son, it is important to know the structural unity between the chapter (Luke 15) and the parables that are in this chapter. It is important to know that the chapter begins and ends with grumbling—the initial grumbling comes from the Pharisees and Scribes, and by the end of the chapter the grumbling comes from the older son in the Parable of the Lost Son/Prodigal Son. Additionally, it is important to know that the three parables in this chapter are parallels—they are analogous to one another. In other words, although each parable can stand alone, it is obvious that Christ Jesus is teaching that these three parables in this 15th chapter of Luke are meant to be heard or read as individual components that are part of a complex whole. Put differently, there is no doubt that each parable not only edifies but also, to some degree, is being edified by the other two parables. That’s why it also is important to know that in each of the three parables, the crisis is not at the end of each parable but rather near or in the middle. This last point means that the focus in the Parable of the Lost Son/Prodigal Son is on the grumbling son!
Having said all of the above about Luke 15’s structural unity, it should be obvious, then, that the Parable of the Lost Son/Prodigal Son is a contrast between the son who visibly is lost (in a faraway territory) and the son who is lost at home. Furthermore, based on context, which means based on the two parables preceding the Parable of the Lost Son/Prodigal Son, the visibly lost younger son, to some degree, is like the one sheep in the Parable of the Lost Sheep (see Luke 15:3-7). The lost sheep and lost son both have wandered off (gone astray; recklessly deserted their condition and position), which is why Christ Jesus is saying in these two parallel parables that just like the lost younger prodigal son is subject to his new environment (position), and as a result eventually begins to consider himself worthless and damaged (condition), the lost sheep also is subject to its environment (position) and, as a result, definitely could damage its wool or be harmed in other ways, which no doubt would diminish the sheep’s value (condition). These truths are why a good shepherd always will search for every lost sheep so that he can reconcile and restore it, especially since a sheep doesn’t know how to search for its shepherd or its sheepfold!
On the other hand, Christ Jesus, the Good Shepherd, also is saying that He definitely would search for every lost prodigal son/sheep who not only recognizes that his destitute condition is because he is out of position but who also has begun seeking the Lord for reconciliation and restoration. That is to say, unlike the lost sheep who wouldn’t know how to get back to its shepherd or sheepfold, once the lost younger prodigal son recognizes his unrighteousness (condition) and recognizes that because of his unrighteousness he is absolutely unsaved and spiritually dead (lost his position; separated from God), he eventually would know where to find his Savior (Good Shepherd). Then too, as it is in the Parable of the Lost/Prodigal Son, just like Father God and/or the Good Shepherd/Savior would recognize every lost sheep/lost prodigal son from a far off, the lost sheep/the lost prodigal son also would recognize his heavenly Father and/or his heavenly Good Shepherd/Savior from a far off. In the parable’s younger prodigal son’s case, he also would realizes that his father, who symbolizes Father God, has been looking for him, too.
There can be no doubt that Christ Jesus is giving an example of God’s Divine Grace—Christ Jesus is confirming that from eternity Father God ceaselessly has been searching for His wandering sheep/prodigal sons, and that He eternally has been waiting for them to believe, repent, and receive His Salvation gift. In other words, God has known from eternity that every one of His prodigal sons not only would realize that he was lost (that he has wandered down the wrong path), has become disoriented, confused, and/or has been turned around, but also God knew that every one of His prodigal sons would realize that he needs to return to his Father, where he not only could receive reconciliation and restoration but also where he would see how joyful his Father is, when the Father sees his son coming from a far off.
In contrast, the older son who is lost at home is, to some degree, like the coin in the Parable of the Lost Coin, which is lost not because it has wandered off nor because it lost some of its value. For sure, similar to the older prodigal son, who is lost because of his own unfaithfulness, the coin is lost because of the woman’s unfaithfulness (see Luke 15:8-10). Without doubt, the coin in the Parable of the Lost Coin could be seen as a valuable part of that woman’s dowry, which means that losing even one coin not only suggests that her stewardship has been unfaithful but also that her unfaithfulness definitely would bring shame to her family. Thus, because that coin is very valuable to this very poor woman, the coin’s worth is why, when she loses it, she uses great effort to find it.
However, the main difference between this woman’s unfaithfulness (poor stewardship) and the older prodigal son’s unfaithfulness, his reckless desertion of his spiritual condition and position, is that while she had not been a “good” steward, she rectifies her error by faithfully searching her house thoroughly until she finds the lost coin, which apparently is an essential asset! Since the older prodigal son never realizes how rich and blessed he is—that everything his father owns is at his disposal—he resents what his father has given to his younger brother instead of appreciating and focusing on everything his father has given to him to use. Put differently, the older lost prodigal son never values the spiritual riches of God’s Grace, because if he had he would have put forth an effort to find out what those riches are and/or how those riches can be put to good use for him, as well as for his Father’s benefit and the benefit of others.
Then too, not only has the older brother failed to see the value of everything his father already has put at his disposal, but also he has failed to realize the value of his brother’s repentance and return. This latter truth is why he doesn’t go to his father. His father has to come to him to bring about restoration and reconciliation. The point the Lord is making with the lost coin and the lost older prodigal son is that God not only puts forth great effort when it comes to recovering lost souls (the younger prodigal) but also He gives His Offspring (the older prodigal) an extremely valuable inheritance to use in the here and now: His Grace’s riches. Therefore, those recipients who do not use the riches of God’s Grace not only are unfaithful stewards but also reckless and imprudent sons.
For these above reasons, believers in Christ Jesus need to know that it is not just the unsaved, unbelievers who are prodigal sons—prodigal sons because they are guilty of wasting their natural inheritance on lewd, crude, rebellious living. Too many true believers also are prodigal sons, because they are wasting their spiritual inheritance by not taking advantage of, never utilizing, the immeasurable spiritual riches of God’s Grace that are at their disposal!
The Good News is that it doesn’t matter whether someone is visibly lost (unsaved; spiritually dead and wandering in faraway territories) or whether someone is lost while at home with God (lost child in the household of Faith). The Divine Truth is that God has placed a great value on every spiritually lost and spiritually sick soul who willingly comes to Him by Grace and through Faith in His Son (Jesus the Christ)—the younger prodigal son. Additionally, God also has placed a great value on every spiritually unfaithful and contentious believer, so much so that He kindly corrects him or her so that he or she also will see (via His Holy Spirit and His Word) his or her true identity and relationship (condition and position) in God’s family—the older prodigal son. Once we who are like the younger and older wayward prodigal sons repent and turn to God with either a contrite reborn heart/spirit or a repentant renewed mind, we both are welcomed back home.
As a final point, it is obvious that NOT every believer in Christ Jesus clearly understands that when he or she became born again and saved he or she also was raised up with Christ Jesus to sit in heavenly places. Then too, NOT every believer in Christ Jesus clearly understands that each truly born again and saved believer spiritually has been elevated to the position of a royal or kingly priest. In other words, NOT every believer in Christ Jesus clearly understands that he or she now not only is spiritually seated in heavenly places as a priest AND king but also he or she is a heavenly king and priest living a natural experience on Earth. That’s right! He or she is in two realms at the same time!
As Heaven’s kingly priest on Earth, each believer has been given Christ Jesus’ authority—the authority to pray, sing, worship, and or preach; the authority to function as an ambassador, apostle, prophet, evangelist, shepherd, or teacher; the authority to cast out demons and lay hands on the sick so that they will be healed; and the authority to rule and reign in his or her assigned spiritual domains (spiritual jurisdictions), which are where each believer has been sent by God to establish Heaven’s rule on Earth—where he or she has been sent to bring God’s Kingdom and His Will down to Earth, just like they are in Heaven.
Furthermore, since every believer is seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus, this Divine Truth also means that as a kingly priest every believer’s privileged closeness to God definitely provides each son and daughter with ample opportunities to offer up spiritual sacrifices—praises to Father God. Then too, as a kingly priest, every believer’s privileged closeness to God in Heaven also most assuredly provides each son and daughter with clear instructions that go with his or her position as a priest on Earth, which include but are not limited to him or her keeping his or her temple holy, receiving vision from Father God, speaking blessings to others, and teaching others.
Equally true is that, as a kingly priest, each believer’s privileged closeness to God in Heaven not only provides him or her with a crystal-clear understanding of his or her spiritual orders but also guarantees him or her that he or she will be supernaturally outfitted with the appropriate spiritual weapons he or she needs to fight his or her spiritual battles on Earth (EVERYTHING each kingly priest needs to invade, to occupy, to influence, and to manifest the Kingdom of God’s dominion on Earth, as well as EVERYTHING each kingly priest needs to be able to acquire provisions, which he or she is to generously share with others. In other words, each kingly priest is to share the wonderful riches of God’s Grace with others via his or her good deeds (see 1 Peter 2:9; Hebrews 13:15-16).
To conclude, believers in Christ Jesus are supposed to be reflecting in this Earth their kingly priest supernaturally privileged identity, which they received once they became heirs with Christ Jesus—joint-heirs to the Kingdom of God (see 2 Corinthians 5:20; Ephesians 2:6; Hebrews 13:15-16; 1 Peter 2:5, 9; 1 Peter 3:15; Revelation 1:5-6). Once again, the main reason why way too many true believers in Christ Jesus are not living according to their royal or kingly priest position in Christ Jesus—the primary reason why they are not living in accordance with their priestship AND kingship—is because they have deserted their position. Now this desertion EITHER is because they do not understand what their position in Christ Jesus means (they know little to nothing about their riches of God’s Grace or spiritual inheritance already at their disposal, and they know little to nothing about their right and responsibility to offer spiritual sacrifices, or their right and responsibility to rule and reign, or their right and responsibility to discipline one another), OR they know and understand their position in Christ Jesus but have decided to abandon their priestship, preferring instead to worship sensational “religious leaders.” Likewise, they know and understand their position in Christ Jesus but have decided to abdicate their kingship, preferring instead to serve worldly systems, in this case, secular governments.
These above reasons are why it is time for prodigal believers who behave like the elder son in the Parable of the Lost Son/Prodigal Son to stop living their lives on this Earth out of position! A word to the wise should be sufficient! Amen.
For additional information about believers’ spiritual DNA, please read Our Spiritual DNA: Divine Nature & Authority.