In continuation of my previous piece on the same subject matter, “The Irony of the ‘Prodigal Son’ (I)”, I’ll continue as thus:
Inheritances are given or handed over, but there is also nothing wrong when a mature and responsible man demands for that which will be his. Maturity and Responsibility are the two basic criteria.
One unique feature for the faith and lifestyle Jesus presents to us is that we get to call him father, not as a casual name, but as one from whom we proceed from. No other faith or religion gives its followers this privilege and luxury.
In Ephesians, we were made to understand that we were sustained in God before He gave us expression by creating us. “4 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: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,” Eph. 1: 4- 5.
The Bible says everyone that is born of God does not sin, 1 John 3: 5 and 5: 18 (talking about believers). Same Bible also says whosoever believes in Him, He gave the right to be called sons of God, John 1: 12.
Same scripture also says that the proof of our sonship is the sealing of us with his spirit; “13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,” Eph. 1: 13.
Sonship refers to literal projection, extension and exact representation.
He adopted us.
“15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father” Rom. 8: 15
“5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will” Eph. 1: 5
We are also told that we are born of God, “13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” John 1: 13.
These are few out of many scriptures that explicitly tell us that God is our Father, we precipitated from God; we are his projection because that is what it means to be a son; it means a literal projection, an extension. As a matter of fact, the word father is derived from the word patron and it means source. We came from him because he created us in his image and after his own likeness.
Psalm 24 tells us the earth is the Lords and its fullness thereof “1 A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. 2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods”, Psalm 24: 1- 2. God at one time was speaking and He said, the gold and the silver are mine, “8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts” Haggai 2: 8
In ‘The Lord’s Prayer’, this is what it says, “…………….For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” Matt. 6: 13. It does not say “for thine will be the kingdom, ………….”. In fact, in Genesis 1, we are given the whole chronological account of how the earth by the spoken word.
God is not only claim and have possession of the earth, but the solar system and the vast unlimited universe to infinity and beyond. Things seen and unseen, people, resource, plants, animals, knowledge, wisdom, virtues, mysteries and whatever anyone can mention all belong to God.
He is the sole administrator of the universe, king and monarch; sovereign and supreme, emperor and alpha omega (not alpha and omega).
Amazingly, this father of ours does not only possess life, but is life personified. John 1 tells us this and this was buttressed explicitly in my piece “Blessed Are The pure In Heart (II)“. This means He cannot die; we will live and be outlived, but the ‘Ancient of Days’ was even before time, He is today, and forever will be. He will not die; in Him time does not hold sway.
If we are sons and daughters of the king who possesses the heavens and the earth, this means we have the right of inheritance; and I stayed earlier that inheritances are either given or passed on at the demise of the owner.
For there to be a giving, then there must be an asking.
Believers must learn to approach their father and ask that which is theirs courtesy of the salvation made available to us by the reason of what our Lord Jesus Christ did on the cross of Calvary.
The Bible says; “32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified” Acts 20: 32.
Same scriptures tells us that all things are ours, “21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;” 1 Cor. 3: 21. Until we know, we will languish in perpetual lack, want, need and sorrow, in fact, we will he like bastards and vagabonds.
We make request or demand based on the knowledge we have on what the provisions of grace and salvation has made available to us.
“3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge” 2 Pet. 1: 3- 5.
Observe that after all that was said, that his divine power has made all things available, we were admonished to add knowledge to our faith. Knowledge is prime for without it, the people perish.
The younger son according to the story in analogy knew too well that his father has so much and doesn’t not gather to spend, rather for his children; he also knew that his father was not going to die any time soon, so he boldly approach the father and made a demand that that which will rightly fall to him at the father’s demise should be given to him right away, he could wait no longer for the father to pass on. Observe that the father did not hesitate, neither did he decline the request; rather he willingly yielded to the request.
His divine power has given to us, all things that partaken to life and godliness, through the knowledge. Knowledge is prime in life. (Just an emphasis).
The only mistake the younger son did was to navigate outside the confines of the fathers watch, guidance and instruction. Courtesy of this lack of guidance, he meandered into all kinds of licentious and lawless living until he lost everything.
In my piece “The Lord Is My Shepherd; I shall NOT want” I explained in details how that outside God, we simply exist. I also exonerated in “The Higher Life” that the only way we can make long lasting impact and leave indelible foot prints on the sands of time is when we are connected to life himself (God).
In the book of John, Jesus said; I am the vine you are the branches and my father is the vine dresser. Abide in me for outside me you can do nothing.
How connected we are to God will tell how far we will go in life. Irrespective of what we believe we have or possess either by inheritance, gifts and natural endowment or by hard work, without being within the confines of God’s will, it’s a simply journey bound to end up in futility and peril. Such is void of joy and true satisfaction.
God’s divine power has given to us all that partaken to life and godliness, it’s left for us to make demand and begin utility. Remember what Matthew 7: 7 says, Ask and it shall be given unto you. Seek and you shall fine, knock and the door shall be opened, it further says; whosoever asks receives, and this was connoting a present continuous.
Believer must learn to ask their loving father for everything they need for their daily living.
Prosperity is not the unnecessary accumulation of riches and material possession rather; it is a state of having your needs met per place per time, having results and proof even in the desert.
I will wrap up this series in my next piece, stay put for “The Irony of the ‘Prodigal Son’ (III)”