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Christ The Faithful Son Man The Prodigal Son

By Jeffrey D. Dean Sr. January 16, 2012


When we discuss inheritance there's usually one thing that comes to mind. Death. People do not usually "inherit" from a loved one until that loved one passes on and the will is read. Yet, Christ "inherited" everything from his Father who is the eternal God and will never die! How can it be? Some say it was because Christ was one with the Father and therefore everything that belonged to the Father also belonged to Christ as well. If this were the case, therefore, how could Christ be an "inheritor?" How can Christ "inherit" what he already owns to begin with. The big question, therefore, becomes not ONLY how can Christ inherit from an everlasting God but does he really inherit anything at all (being that it was all his anyway)? I'm sure there are going to be somewhat confused religious people reading what I have just wrote! There are going to be many who wonder, "why does he say Christ is an "heir" where is he getting this from?"

Romans 8: 16-17 "16 The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified together." Romans 8: 29 "For whom he did foreknow he also did predestinate conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren." Galatians 3:29 "And if you are Christ's, then are you Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise." Titus 3:7 "That being justified by grace we should be made heirs according to eternal life."

Hebrews 1:14 "And they are all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" Hebrews 6:17 "Wherein God willing more abundantly to show to his heirs a promise of immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath." James 2:5 "Hearken my beloved brethren, has not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom he has promised to them that love him?" 1 Peter 3:7 "Likewise you husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered."
Now, the first thing we notice in Romans 8: 16-17 is that it does not say we inherit anything FROM Christ, it says we are heirs WITH Christ and JOINT heirs. There is a very important distinction between inheriting from Christ and inheriting WITH Christ! I believe way too many people have interpreted it to say "from" rather than "with," and the difference between the two is a collossal gulf! Certainly Christ techinically died, so he could have heirs, no doubt. (He rose from the grave but that would not legally change the status or rights of his heirs to collect on their inheritance). So, indeed Christ could have heirs and we could inherit MANY of the blessings and spiritual power of Christ's Father in the process! This is how the above text is handled by the children of error. I say error because the scriptures are clear that Christ himself is an "heir" to the Father (and this is something that the children of the error can never admit, not without answering the questions: "how does Christ inherit from a living Father and how can he be an heir at all seeing that he is one with the Father from the beginning and all that the Father has was his already)." The answers to these two questions lie in the parable of the prodigal son. We will read this but first I will depart from form here and draw my conclusions first, summarizing them, then we will read the parable to see if my conclusions are accurate. Christ is the "faithful son" who is "always with the Father" and has never left, we who believe and convert as a result of Christ's ministry are the "prodigal son" who asked for our inheritance early, left the Father, and went out and squandered it on whores, drinking and all manner of pleasures.

Luke 15: 11-32 "11 And he said: A certain man had two sons, 12 And the younger of them said to his father, give me my inheritance and he divided to them his living 13 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 14 And when he had spent all there arose a mighty famine in that land: and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into the fields to feed swine. 16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man would give it to him. 17 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? 18 I will rise and go to my father, and will say to him, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 And I am no more worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired servants 20 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, 21 And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no more worthy to be called your son, 22 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. 23 And bring here the fatted calf, and butcher it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found, and they began to be merry. 25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard the music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, your brother is come; and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound. 28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out and entreated him. 29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I

serve you, neither transgressed at any time your commandment: and yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30 But as soon as this your son was come, who has devoured your living with whores, you have killed for him the fatted calf. 31 And he said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 It was fitting that we should make merry, and be glad: for this your brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found."
I am quite sure that this is probably one of the FIRST teachings that most of my readers have encountered where Christ is cast in the role of one of the sons in the story. Traditionally when the prodigal son parable is taught Christ is cast in the role of the "Father" (because they teach Christ and the Father are one in the same). Yet, this was not the intent and purpose of the parable. Part of the purpose of the parable was to explain the "inheritance." For you see, when your Father is an ETERNAL God, there is no need to wait for him to die to inherit all that the Father has. All one has to do is REMAIN WITH the father, as the faithful son has done in the parable and was told "you are always with me and all that I have is yours." Another important facet of this parable to understand is that when the prodigal son returns he becomes an heir again. He is received of the Father and given all that the Father has! We, who once only worthy of being a "servant" now share in the inheritance with the with the faithful son, we are now returned to the Father and remain IN hiw and WITH him. For us, the Father slays the "fatted calf" and kisses our necks and puts upon us the clothing of an heir. Some might object to casting Christ in the role of the faithful son in the story because in the story the faithful son is angry with the Father for receiving the prodigal son (and in fact our being received again by the Father was made possible by Christ). They will conclude that my analysis of the story and my conclusions, therefore are flawed for Christ can NEVER be the petty, jealous faithful son in this story! Yet, you must remember it is just a story and is told to teach us! One of the purposes of the story was to show how many who walked after the precepts of the old law would be jealous of the Gentiles who believe, because they become heirs to the promise even through their faith! Yet, there's more to this parable. I ask those who want to make Christ "the Father" in the parable. If we who have left the Father to follow our own pleasures are the prodigal son WHO then is the "faithful son" in the story? Who can it be for every person on earth falls under the category of the prodigal! There can only be ONE son who is "always with the father" in the story and that is the Holy and Righteous eternal Son of the living God, even Y'shua Messiah! If the faithful son in the story is not Christ then the faithful son does not exist at all!

Everyone will agree with the analysis that WE, frail sinful humans are the prodigal son but they have trouble accepting that Christ is the faithful son who is "always with the Father" but the scripture says that we are fellow HEIRS WITH CHRIST. IF we are the prodigal son, Christ, MUST be the faithful son in the story because the two brothers are "fellow heirs." One squaders his inheritance and the other does not by remaining with the Father always. To me the most important part of this parable is not that everything the Father has belongs to the faithful son for he is "always with the father" it's the notion that the prodigal son, upon returning, is received of the Father and once becomes an heir. Logic dictates that if the prodigal son REMAINS with the father and never leaves again that son will have EVERYTHING that the Father has (to the same degree as the faithful son did) for the prodigal son is a "fellow heir" with the faithful son! This is the good news of the Gospel. The prodigal son asks to rejoin the father and even volunteers to live as a lowly "servant" in the Father's house but the Father will hear NONE OF THIS. Instead, he makes the son an heir again and bestows upon him everything! The prodigal son, once he returns to the Father and remains with the father, has equal standing and equal inheritance with the faithful son who never left! This drives home how important are the words "we are fellow heirs with Christ." A fellow heir gets an equal share and since our Father is eternal we do not have to wait for him to die to inherit all we have to do is "abide" with the Father! Do we really inherit what Christ has? According to Christ we do.

St. John 16: 15 "All that the Father has are mine: therefore I said, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it to you."
When we believe the work and the ministry of the Son of God we become joint heirs with him. Everything the Father has is now ours by grace, through our FAITH and as long as we remain "with the Father always." Yet, what does it mean to "abide in the Father" or "with the Father?" Christ showed us. The faithful son is always with the Father and does not follow his own pleasure! The faithful son was "tempted in all ways yet without sin." A prodigal son who has truly returned to the Father's house becomes just like the faithful son in every way (not once transgressing the commandments of the father)! That is why John wrote to us and said that he who "abides in Christ" does not sin! Christ is the example of the faithful son who is "always with the father" and if we return to the Father's house and abide once again (as Christ abided) then we will become faithful sons ourselves, and no more will be prodigal sons! If ever a story should end with the words "and they all lived happily ever after" it's the prodigal son parable!

What IS the inheritance we have through Christ's ministry? This was once a great mystery! The apostles wrote of it several times. Yet it is now revealed to the saints by the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 1: 11-18 "11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will. 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom you also trusted after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of our salvation: in whom also after that you believed, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise. 14 Which is the earnest payment of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory 15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and of your love unto all the saints, 16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of glory may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling and what is the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints." Ephesians 5: 5 "For this you know, that no whore monger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolator has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God." Colossians 1: 12 "Giving thanks to the Father, who has made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:" Colossians 3:24 "Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for you serve the Lord Christ." Hebrews 1: 4

"Being made much better than the angels, as he by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they." Hebrews 9: 15 "And for this cause he is the mediator of a new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance." 1 Peter 1: 4 "To an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you."
The traditional teaching is that the "inheritance" is "eternal life and so it is, for how can a mortal son inherit all from an Eternal Father? It's impossible. The heir must be heir of the eternal Father's immortality as well! Yet, how shall we mortal men of the flesh inherit equally with the eternal Son of God?

Matthew 25: 46 "And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into eternal life." St. Mark 10: 17-19 "17 And when he was gone forth in the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 18 And Jesus said to him, Why do you call me Good? There is none good, but one, that is God. 19 But you know the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honor your father and mother."
Messiah states plainly here that the key to eternal life is obedience to the COMMANDMENTS. We know this is true because death comes from SIN. It stands to reason that he who inherits eternal life will overcome sin! Most definitely! Our Father is eternal. It stands to reason that his "heirs" would be granted the same, being that the heir who abides with the Father can say, "all that the father has is mine." Yet, consider what must happen before we inherit eternal life. Sin must be gone! Sin brings death!

1 Corinthians 15: 22

"For as in Adam all die, even in Christ shall all be made alive." 1 Corinthians 15: 56 "The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law." Romans 3: 23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
We do know that we have eternal life in Christ. Yet in 1 Corinthians we learn that some of us will "inherit" before we die physically.

1 Corinthians 15: 51- 58 "51 Behold I show you a mystery, we shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: For the trumpet shall sound, the dead in Christ shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality 54 So when this corriptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass, the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O Death where is your sting? O grave where is your victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore my beloved brethren, be steadfast and, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."
O, death where is your sting? (Sin). The answer is, it's not to be found among the inheritors! Sin is GONE and that is why they have eternal life! We know that our struggle to walk sinless and perfect to be "like the faithful son" is NOT in vain and we shall some day succeed. That is the message of 1 Corinthians 15. It is TOTALLY missed by the children of error and confusion. We know two things. Christ is definitely the example of the son who is "always with the Father." We also know that the prodigal son who returns becomes an heir again and the same thing that can be said of the faithful son who never left the Father can be said of the prodigal as well (for they are joint heirs) if the prodigal remains WITH the Father. If the prodigal son remains "with the Father always" he must become just like the faithful son! This is common sense. The

faithful son was "tempted in all ways yet with no sin." This is why he has eternal life, for there is no sin in him and therefore no death can touch him! The same MUST be true of the prodigal son! Let's reason together here. If we, on the day of the return of Christ, come before the Father with sin can we live forever? Not according to the word for "sin brings death" to all who live in it! The sting of death is sin! Common sense alone dictates that we shall, therefore, come before the Father on that day with no sin in us (otherwise we cannot have eternal life). That is why the apostle prefaces his entire teaching with the following statement:

1 Corinthians 15: 50 "Now this I say, brethren that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, neither does corruption inherit incorruption."
Many have concluded that the above verse means we must shed our fleshly body first, for, they say "flesh cannot inherit." They forget that Christ too was "flesh and blood" (if they deny this they have denied that Christ is come in the flesh which makes them antichrist according to the Apostle John). They don't realize, if they make the above verse to say that we cannot inherit as long as we are flesh and blood, then by their reasoning Christ could not inherit either! They have an answer for this. They teach that Christ ceased to be "flesh and blood" when he died and once he rose was no longer "flesh and blood." They forget that Messiah did NOT HAVE TO DIE to inherit for he was ALWAYS WITH THE FATHER! Messiah never LEFT the father. He's the faithful son. Eternal life was his from the beginning (otherwise how could he ever offer it to us)? We can only become holy by the Spirit, not through fleshly observance of the law! That is why it says "flesh and blood" cannot inherit. Also, if we live by the flesh we cannot inherit for we will live in sin and sin is death. Christ was not made eternal because his body died! While he walked this earth a flesh and blood man he had eternal life IN HIM and was an eternal creature. He even told them that no man could kill him.

St John 10: 17- 18 "17 Therefore does my Father love me because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18 No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself, I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again, This commandment I received of my Father."
Christ inherited the kingdom, not because he died, but because he LIVED ALWAYS WITH THE FATHER! Common sense dictates that if Christ was without sin, he was immortal for death comes because of sin. (Unless you don't

believe the Word). Those who teach that Messiah had to shed his fleshly body through death in order to inherit eternal life are simply in error. That is why I call them the "children of error." Christ had eternal life in him because he obeyed the Father. So it is with us (if we abide in Christ and in the Father). You cannot inherit eternal life if there is sin in you. This is CLEAR in scripture! Yet it is equally clear that an entire generation will inherit eternal life without death! They shall become immortal without ever "sleeping." How can the children of error teach "you will never be sinless in this life?" Do they KNOW for sure I and you are not a part of this glorious generation who does not sleep but yet becomes incorruptible (no sin in us) and thus immortal? No, they cannot. They make themselves false prophets. The believers will have victory, true victory over sin in the flesh and stand on their feet as immortal heirs with Christ to eternal life without ever having tasted death! The argument has been presented to me that the Apostle wrote "that which is raised is not quickened lest it die first."

1 Corinthians 15: 35- 36 "35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come? 36 You fool, That which you sow is not quickened unless it dies."
It is actually uncertain what point those who raise this argument are trying to make? Are they saying that the author was in error to say "we shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed?" Do we really have to physically die to see sinless perfection and immortality? If so then surely the author was in error saying some would not die (or sleep). They don't understand that we are ALREADY DEAD in Christ when we believe and our lives are HIDDEN in him.

Romans 6: 1-7 "1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer in it? 3 Do you not know that so many of us were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall also be in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

7 For he that is dead is freed from sin."


We are dead and buried in our baptism into Messiah! It is no longer I that live but Christ who lives IN ME! I die daily. I am free from sin and if I would but believe would no longer walk therein!

1 Corinthians 15: 31 "I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus or Lord: I die daily." Romans 8: 12- 13 "12 Therefore, brethren, we are debttors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live."
I die daily when I "mortify" or kill the deeds of my flesh by walking IN Christ DAILY. This is how I become an heir to eternal life! Not just by "believing" in Christ, (for rest assured the devils do believe in Christ). I become a faithful son (rather than a prodigal) by allowing my faith to return me to my Father's house and by walking even as the faithful son walks (remaining with the Father always). In so doing I put to death this sinful flesh daily until one day there remains no more sin in me. On that day eternal life becomes mine (even as it belongs to the faithful son)! The children of error say "not in this life." They couldn't be more sadly mistaken for they do not KNOW for sure that they are not to be a part of the generation who is "changed in a moment" into the incorruptible and immortal image of the faithful son of God. When they say it is never going to happen to them they are saying they will remain the prodigal son forever until the day they die. It will happen to them according to their own testimony!

THE FAITH PROBLEM


The Christ that the children of error preach is unattainable. The doctrines they have created about his origins and his power forever bar the faithful from repeating Messiah's works and the walk of the follower of Christ is reduced to a string of failures covered by the grace and the blood of Christ. No follower of the Christ they present can ever truly achieve to the "perfect man" unto the "fulness of the stature of Christ." They attend their churches where they are admonished to "attempt" to be like Christ but encouraged at the same time not to expect it of

themselves and then deceived to believe that salvation is theirs despite this failing as long as they remain believers, not of Christ, but of the religion itself and to the distortions they preach. It's an insidious evil designed to keep men forever in bondage, not just to sin and the flesh, but to the religious system to which they sell themselves on a weekly and daily basis! I'm here now to warn them! They must return to the Father's house and be like the faithful son who is "always with the father" or they shall NOT see the inheritance of eternal life for sin brings death and obedience to the Father is eternal life and happiness. I look forward to our return with the Lord in heaven. Jeffrey Dean