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The heavenly gift of sonship looked at in the Light of the Resurrection reveals not just the resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God, nor just the resurrection of the restored sons who were lost, but reveals the resurrection of the lost son.  What I and many have called the Parable of the Prodigal Son, the NIV correctly calls the Parable of the Lost Son.

The father said to the son who remained, “ ‘We had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ ”[1]  The returned son experienced a practical restoration and the father had his lost son restored to him, but there was no resurrection.  Remember now disciples, the parables of Jesus Christ hold “the knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven,”[2] “the secret of the Kingdom of God,”[3] and “the knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of God.”[4]  As such, with any parable, the superficial and the obvious storyline are given for this purpose:  “to others, I speak in parables, so that, ‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’ ”[5]  All parables are designed to help all disciples to come to the knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdoms of Heaven and of God—secrets that help us to glorify God in ways that others cannot see or understand, so that to them it remains a mystery.  God is God of both what is seen and what is unseen, and in the Light of the Resurrection, the Parable of the Lost Son falls short of the glory of The Resurrection, for there is only restoration, but no resurrection.  As such, this parable although it speaks of the need of repentance in the lost and the love and grace of the Father to celebrate the return of the lost, it does not show resurrection.  In fact, anyone who is trained to see in the Light of the Resurrection will see the absence of resurrection in this parable.  Those who can see in the Light of Love can see the love of the father for the lost son, and also the lack of love in the obedient son who considered his working for his father as ‘slavery’, and had no love in his heart for his brother’s return to celebrate.

In fact, you can see that after the celebration this family could still be in trouble; a son restored to servanthood working for a resentful brother who considers what he does for his father as “slavery”.  In truth, it would not be long before the son who remained would drive out the son who returned.  For those of you who are being trained to see in the Light of Love and of the Resurrection, you can see restoration offers no permanent solution.  Resurrection does!

So, where in the Bible do we have the story of a resurrected lost son, a son whom the father thought was lost and dead, but was found to be not only alive, but alive and prospering.  The story of the resurrected lost son is the story of Joseph, son of Jacob, who was sold by his brothers into slavery.  Have you never wondered why the story of Joseph spans eleven chapters of Genesis, almost as much as Abraham’s story that spans 12 chapters and we know more of Joseph than Isaac, the son of promise?  Indeed, we know more of Joseph’s life than we do of all the other eleven sons of Jacob as well.

The title, Restoration of the Lost Son, does not do justice to the story of Joseph, but the title, Resurrection of the Lost Son, does.  The one sold unjustly into slavery, thought to be lost and dead, becomes the saviour of his family in famine and is able to send for his father to enjoy his riches and glory that exceeded all eleven of the others combined.

Likewise, we who were lost and are now found because of Jesus, can take heart from Joseph’s story, and prosper in the land we were sold to by doing what is right in God’s eyes as Joseph did, until we prosper to such an extent we can be the provider of our brothers in the coming time of famine.

Like Joseph, we know the days of distress, unlike anything since the days of Adam, are coming on the Earth… just ask anyone in New Orleans and Innisfail.  And like Joseph, we can prepare for it and are preparing for it.  Joseph stored up on food and the ability to feed the people.  Likewise, it is time for us to store up on the food to reap in the harvest of word that Jesus has sown and store it in our hearts, as well as the power that comes from believing and practising the words of Jesus.  The times of famine are coming when our brothers and sisters, those who have not stored up the word or the power, will need our help to survive… not just to survive a physical famine or distress, but also to survive the delusions and deceptions that are coming.

A person who does not know the power of God or the word of God is in error, Jesus said, so ignorance of the power or the Scriptures makes every Christian prey or susceptible to falling into error and deception.  Knowing one or the other is not enough, for that can be a case of knowing half the truth.  Knowing both is what keeps you on the central path, without falling to one side or the other.  A classic example of those who are prone to be deceived by their lack of knowledge of Scripture are those who follow preachers who plagiarise their preaching from Eliphaz the Temanite’s passage:  “Submit to God and be at peace with Him; in this way prosperity will come to you.  Accept instructions from His mouth and lay up His words in your heart.  If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored…”[6]  Eliphaz was wrong according to God, because when you return to God you will not be restored, but will be resurrected.  When God said, “I am making everything new!”[7] He did not say He was making everything new again, which is restoration, but it was a newness without restoration, a resurrection, a once only event.

As you practise now, acquiring more and more knowledge of the word and the power of God, like Joseph, you will find yourself rejected by your brothers and sisters, but remember, if they are wrong about God’s timing on the so-called rapture of the church, they will have to come to you like the eleven did to Joseph.  If God is gracious, and there is a rapture of the church before the fullness of the days of distress begin, what they call The Great Tribulation… praise God for His mercy, who removes them out of our way so we can concentrate on glorifying God and prepare this Earth for Jesus’ arrival.  Remember, even Joseph did not have his family live with him in his palace, but settled his father and his brothers in Egypt and gave them property in the best part of the land the district of Rameses, as Pharaoh directed.[8]  Joseph had the wisdom to ensure his brothers would not hinder his work for the Pharaoh.  Likewise, learn now not to allow brothers and sisters who come in because of their needs, to hinder your work for God.  Feed them with the word, clothe them with power, settle them… that is, give them the assurance that they have come into the Kingdom of Heaven, but do not let them participate in your preparations for Jesus’ arrival.

The Resurrection of the Lost Son is brought to its full manifestation by those who remain alive and chose not to die by putting their faith in Jesus’ words, “whoever lives and believes, will never die.”[9]  They are then the lost son who came to his senses and started to work in the foreign country until he became a rich and powerful man in that country so that he could send for his father and brother to share in his prosperity.  That is the real miracle… that is the opera… that is the resurrection.

It is little wonder that Jesus said, “Anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing and greater things than these shall he do.”[10]  And He chose us to bear fruits that last for the Father’s glory.  He returned home as the first fruit with captives in His train.[11]  Through Him and the faith that comes from Him, we can do what He has been doing on Earth, the greatest of which was His absolute obedience even to death on a cross.  As He said, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself, He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”[12]  “…and that I do nothing on My Own but speak just what the Father has taught Me.”[13]

As such, it is possible for you and me to speak what the Father taught and to do what the Father is doing as well.  The Father only spoke four times in the Gospels as it is written.  The first two times are records of words He said to John the Baptist and to Jesus.  However, the third time He spoke to us, His disciples – “This is My Son, whom I love.  With Him I am well pleased.  Listen to Him!”[14]  – to tell us what to do, and the fourth time, when He thundered from Heaven – “I have glorified it and will glorify it again” – tells us what He is doing now.

As such, we can already be like Jesus.  If we listen to Jesus, we are doing exactly and only what the Father tells us; and to see what the Father is doing right now, we only need to see how His Name will be glorified again.  To listen to Jesus and the participation in the glorification of the Name of the Father is what the resurrection of the lost son is all about.  Joseph brought Jacob the most glory.  He made Jacob the father of a ruler under Pharaoh, the king of kings in his days.

In the new Light of the Gift of Sonship, the heavenly gift, then fellowship with the Holy Spirit also means a totally different context.  No longer are we concerned about the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the definitions of His gifts and whether they are valid or not, although we still have to teach it to those who are not mature.  But for you who can see in the Light of the Resurrection, then sharing in the Holy Spirit is the resurrection of the time when the Holy Spirit would contend with man forever.  For, when we sinned and fell, we came to a place of such grieving of the Holy Spirit that the Father said, “My Spirit will not contend [My Spirit will not remain in] with man forever, for he is mortal [corrupt]; his days will be a hundred and twenty years.”[15] 

The purpose of the resurrected lost son is to bring glory to the Father, who entrusted him with His share of the prosperity.  Glorifying the Name of the Father again is his goal and his life.  Such a son has no problem fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit.  In fact, such a son shares a common purpose now with the Holy Spirit, for Jesus said of the Holy Spirit, “He will bring glory to Me by taking from what is Mine and making it known to you.  All that belongs to the Father is Mine.  That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is Mine and make it known to you.”[16] 

In the Light of the Resurrection, those who have shared in the Holy Spirit[17] and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost[18] means sharing and taking part with the Holy Spirit in His work to bring glory to Jesus and the Father.  For when Jesus is glorified, the Father is glorified and His Name is glorified again.

Thus, sharing in the Holy Spirit and partaking of the Holy Spirit is no longer just being so mature and entrusted of the Lord that the Holy Spirit would respond to the word, which you would speak, as if it was the word of the Father or of the Son, as I had taught you before.  Now it is not you seeking to have the Holy Spirit shared with you by the Father and the Son as they share the Holy Spirit, so that you can partake in Him.  No, now it is you going to work, really going to work, to share in the Holy Spirit’s work to bring glory to Jesus and to partake with Him in all His plans, as a fellow worker.  You are now Joseph and the Holy Spirit is Pharaoh.  Everything you do from now on is directed to the greater glory of the Kingdom of God and all the generations that follow.

That is why Joseph did not give the food away, but he traded it until Pharaoh owned all the people and all the land.  Likewise, we are to work with the Holy Spirit until God the Father owns all the people and all the land, so that at the resurrection of the dead after this Earth and this Heaven are rolled away, all are resurrected and found on New Earth to the glory of the Father.  Some will say to you, “You are blaspheming,” because to them it is enough that they are saved and others are condemned.  Others will disagree with you and want to argue the point, but as Jesus said, “Wisdom is proved right by her actions… by her children.”[19]  Your labour for the Holy Spirit and with the Holy Spirit in this case will not bear fullness of fruit until after the Millennium.  However, your first fruit of this labour is when you stand alive to see the dead in Christ rise first and then you rise to greet the Lord in the clouds to be with Him forever.  For even though the Holy Spirit will be taken out of the way so that the lawless one may be revealed,[20] as our brother Paul wrote, He has never left you, but remained in you as Jesus said, “And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever—the Spirit of Truth…”[21]  The Spirit of the Resurrection is with the sons of The Resurrection forever, and those who have believed in The Resurrection, in all His words, with them He remains forever, whether in Heaven or on Earth or beneath the Earth.

In the same way, as the Holy Spirit remained in Jesus so that even when He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, through whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.[22]  So also with those of you who believe the Resurrection and the Life, when He said, “I am the Resurrection and the Life… whoever lives and believes in Me will never die,”[23] the Holy Spirit remains in you even though He is taken out of the way so that the lawless one can come and have his time so that the Scriptures can be fulfilled. 

Through you, the world still will have light and salt to preserve it until the Father sends Jesus back, at whose arrival the lawless one will be overthrown with the breath of His [Jesus’] mouth and destroyed by the splendour of His coming.[24]  Through you, His elect, those who have chosen to receive His discipline as sons, the Holy Spirit will continue His testimony about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  He will raise up witnesses like the two prophets of Revelation 11:4, as well as keep others all over the world alive and well so that when Jesus arrives these words will be fulfilled:  “And He will send His angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the Earth to the ends of the Heavens.”[25]

 

You see, there must be elect left on Earth when Jesus arrives so the Holy Spirit will be taken out of the way for the lawless one to be revealed, but He will remain in those He chooses to remain with.

 

Now, to those who will share and partake in the Holy Spirit as He continues to testify for Jesus and bring glory to the Father, He will permit to taste of the goodness of the word in the Light of the Resurrection.

 

Our Lord prayed:  “Now My heart is troubled, and what shall I say?  ‘Father, save Me from this hour’?  No, it was for this reason I came to this hour.  Father, glorify Your Name!”[26]  So, how will you pray? “Father, save me from these days of distress”?  Or will you be like the Lord and say, “No, it was for this reason I came to these days.  Father, glorify Your Name!”

 

These days of distress, unequalled since the creation of the world, are an opportune time to bring glory to God, whether we die as martyrs to return or we live to witness the arrival of Jesus Christ.  Glory to God is what we ‘slave’ for as the lost sons who are now resurrected, because He who is The Resurrection lives in us and we live in Him.  AMEN.

 

Righteous Father, though the world does not know You, we know You and we know that You have sent Jesus.  For Jesus has made You known to us and the Holy Spirit whom He sent continues to make You known to us in order that the love You have for Jesus, and Jesus Himself, is in us.  Righteous Father, be glorified again.  Glorify Your Name again!  Amen.




[1] Luke 15:32

[2] Matthew 13:11

[3] Mark 4:11

[4] Luke 8:10

[5] Luke 8:10

[6] Job 22:21-23

[7] Revelation 21:5

[8] Genesis 47:11

[9] John 11:26

[10] John 14:12

[11] Ephesians 4:8

[12] John 5:19

[13] John 8:28

[14] Matthew 17:5; Luke 9:5; Mark 9:35

[15] Genesis 6:3

[16] John 16:14-15

[17] Hebrews 6:4 (NIV)

[18] Hebrews 6:4 (KJV)

[19] Matthew 11:19; Luke 7:35

[20] 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8

[21] John 14:16-17

[22] 1 Peter 3:18-20

[23] John 11:26

[24] 2 Thessalonians 2:8

[25] Mark 13:47

[26] John 12:27-28

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