For someone to be a son, he must first have a father. A father is a man who exercises paternal care over his children, his roles includes being a protector and also a provider. One can only be a true son of his father if he is in the bloodline of his father. A son is connected by blood to His father biologically or can be adopted. In the case of adoption, the connection is no longer by blood; that is, the sonship is not biological. Sonship can never be outgrown, even after being a father, you are still a son of your father even if he is no more or dead. The bloodline is the connection between the father and the son.

From the scriptures we are made to understand that our very first father was Adam. Through sin the bloodline of humanity was corrupted and we became prey to satan, who tricked us into selling our birth right to him, taking the inheritance which God had willed to us as children of the most High, I hope you remember how Jacob tricked Esau. If someone losses citizenship of a country then, he is a stranger in that country, it is either he accepts that fact or he finds somewhere else to stay. We lost, our citizenship in the garden of Eden by disobeying God and we were driven out of the presence of God, which is our country. The parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:10-32) will help us understand this concept. In verse 15 of the chapter it says;

So he went and force glued himself upon one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed hogs. (AMP)

 If you are living in a country that is not yours, then you will do anything to survive in that country or go back to your original country, but you cannot go back to your original country because you are no longer a citizen. Sin in man is what denies us access into getting to our original country. From the parable in Luke 15, he was living in a country where he was a foreigner, probably illegal he had money initially, so he could hide his identity, but it came to a point where he could no longer sustain a fake identity in a land which was not his, so he was reduced to a feeder of hogs or pigs. Man was willed the earth Genesis 1:26 but due to the corruption of man and the evil schemes of Satan he lost his birth right to Satan (John 12:31, John 14:30 and Ephesians 2:2) so we became foreigners in the land which originally was ours, and we have been reduced to taking the trash of Satan. Deep down in us we know that it is not right, we know we shouldn’t be doing this, because we have the home training of our heavenly Father (Genesis 1:26), because we were made in his image, but then we have to pay with life to survive in a foreign land, because we were cut off from the father at a tender age, we could no longer be provided for by our father. Look at the beginning of the parable, it says that before the father dies, he wants a share of the property, death here could mean before the time, or to be more precise before the right time, so to ask for your inheritance before you are mature enough to handle it means that you are saying you want to cut-off supply from your father and our supply from the father is not money but life. At some point life ends in this world, it is either you realise before it ends or you don’t realise and continually pay with life forever. At some point in our life we get tired of eating the food meant for hogs and we realise that time is going and life is just the same, that was what he did in the parable, it says in verse 17; when he finally came to his senses (asked who am I?) he said to himself, at home (in my father’s house) even the hired servants have food enough to spare, but then the devil comes saying that you do not deserve to be called a son anymore, but the father knows you are his son forever. In verse 24, it says;

“for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry” (AMP)

 The other kind of sons are the ones who think they are self righteous, but in the end of the chapter the father reminds the other son that you are always with me and that whatever he has is his. Note that the two sons were lost, because they had taken their inheritances prematurely, while one continually tried his best to be with the father, the other one was lost away in a foreign land. With the second son we are told that he slaved for the father and never refused anything he told him. This happens with our earthly fathers, perhaps not with inheritance but maybe with pocket money. Let’s say you were given money to last you for 6months, but you finish it all within a month, you will find it hard going back to your dad to ask for more. We could be clever and try to clean the house, dust the floor and do everything to make him happy, hoping that he will give you some change. The same thing in this parable, you could see that he was looking for favour from the father, but the father reminded him that whatever he has is his. The parable is similar to Paul’s writing to the Galatians in Galatians 4:1-4.

In conclusion, the parable of the prodigal son and the scenario Paul painted in Galatians 4:1-4, helps us to understand the fatherly side of God and to understand that in this world we are in we are foreigners. When you are in Christ we are a new creation, being a new creation entitles you to being a new citizen of the country of Christ, or rather recalled back to citizenship. 1 john 3:12 says, Do not be surprised, believers, if the world hates you, why because we are in this world but not from this world John 17:16. Man chose to be independent, man took his inheritance at a tender age, way before he was ready to and the results are visible in the world we live in today. We can see the damage, the damage is almost like a son who is given millions to spend at age 12, he cannot do anything meaningful with it without a father. One might ask, why did God not do anything about it? The answer is man had found comfort in sin. Some people say it is okay I am doing the will of the father (doing good), but God is reminding you today that you need him, that the inheritance you got will finish, life will end but in him you have eternal life and are reconnected to the father through the blood of Jesus, remember what Jesus said, no one comes to the father except through me. I will close with Hebrews 9:15, which says, “For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance – now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.” Shalom!

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