Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Secret of the Mystery, Part 115. The mystery of adoption, Part 3.
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
May 28, 2006
Another result of the mystery doctrine of Church-age which all believers should be initiated into is the principle of adoption.
In Scripture adoption means to be recognized by God as an “adult” son positionally at salvation and an adult son experientially at maturity.
The believer is given his very own toga virilus, the robe of righteousness -
ISA 61:10 “For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness.”
The man in this parable represents God the Father and the sons represent believers; therefore, this is not a gospel message, this is a doctrinal message for born-again believers.
This is the prodigal son - prodigal = to waste your life away.
Each one had enough so that he was independently wealthy, and that represents the doctrine of logistical grace applied to your life.
The prodigal son did what most people have done throughout history; he accepted the blessings of the Father (as all men do who live on God’s earth), while at the same time he turned his back upon his Father (as men do when they reject and abandon fellowship with God).
This brings out the principle that God does not violate our free will nor does He force us to remain in fellowship with Him.
It was the son who moved away from the Father - not the Father moving away from the son.
JAM 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners [rebound]; and purify your hearts [perceive doctrine], you double-minded.
“Loose living” - adverb asotos = lacking moral restraint, indulging in sensual pleasures, to be reckless and wasteful.
This was a part of divine discipline which God brings on every one of His children who go astray from their personal sense of destiny.
Having forsaken his Father and his personal sense of destiny, he can now find nothing but poverty, misery, and want.
ECC 3:11 He has made everything meaningful in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, without which [the setting of the desire for eternal things] mankind will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.
The famine = there is a famine in every heart which is not being nourished by the word of God, or does not have the desire for that which is eternal fulfilled, as a part of your personal sense of destiny.
“He attached himself” - kollao = to glue or to closely unite himself to a citizen of that foreign country, which represents the devil’s children instead of God’s.
Times of distress often lead to self-examination and are used by God to bring about changes or repentance in people’s lives.
2PE 2:22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A dog returns to its own vomit,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”
The freedom that he dreamed of and the reality that struck, were not anything like one another.
So this man finally became honest with himself and looked at his life from a biblical perspective - which means to face up with the situation as it really exists.
This is not a parable about what happens to a believer when he sins, this is a parable about what happens to a believer when he changes his lifestyle.
He was now in pain, but that was good because pain brings reality in to a rebellious and stubborn heart.
ISA 65:24 “It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer;”
PSA 56:8 “Thou hast taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Thy bottle; Are they not in Thy book?”
The best robe was a symbol of honor and respect, and it represents restoration to full experiential righteousness.
This was a signet ring representing withdrawing from the Father’s resources, logistical grace.
LUK 15:22 “and sandals on his feet” =
Once again you are getting the opportunity of service and production.
The fattened calf represents fellowship in the word, feeding on divine truth or Bible doctrine.