Jesus Christ will reject all those who think themselves spiritually rich and in need of nothing, thinking they know it all refusing listen to anyone not even listening to the Word of God; instead God will accept the worst sort of ordinary sinners who are open to sincere repentance and the things of God, hungering for the truth of God.
These chapters contain lessons about the great love of God and his rejoicing over the saving of his wayward children; and about the open door of repentance for sinners and how much they are loved by God.
Luke 15:1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 15:2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
The parable of the lost sheep
15:3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 15:5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 15:6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
The Laodicean folks who are about to be rejected by Christ in “tough love” (Rev 3:15), will be welcomed back into his open arms with great rejoicing when they have learned the lesson of faithful unwavering obedience to God.
Jesus spoke about how he would have loved to gather the people unto him as a hen gathers her chicks, but they would not. There will come a time when we will learn that our own ways are NOT better than God our Father’s ways; and we shall turn to God in contrite repentance.
In that day there will be GREAT REJOICING IN HEAVEN; and when Christ comes to the earth, all humanity will also repent and rejoice greatly along with God and the angels of heaven!
15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
15:8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle [lamp], and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 15:9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.
15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
The father and the rebellious son
Many have been called to God through Christ to become sons of God the Father, and have become complacent, lax and lukewarm, doing as they think right, and NOT living as God commands.
They make a pretense of keeping the commandments while breaking them in their practical application; and their zeal is for their own false traditions and their own ways and not for the enthusiastic KEEPING of the whole Word of God.
Today’s spiritual Ekklesia has strayed very far from God.
15:11 And he said, A certain man had two sons: 15:12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 15:13 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.
During the tough love of the tribulation, the fallen away of Laodicea will learn that our own ways are not good, and they will be humbled to repent and embrace the Word of God with eternal zealous dedication to live by every Word of God the Father in heaven.
15:14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15:15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 15:16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
In the tribulation the fallen away of Laodicea will recover from the intoxication of their immense pride and will regain their senses and come to understand that their Father’s law is for their good, and God’s Word is a law of love.
15:17 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! 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 15:19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
In that day, Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua] Christ and God the Father will REJOICE GREATLY at the saving of the called out Laodicean’s who have gone astray.
15:20 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.
When Christ comes many will repent and seek to be with and serve God, as humble servants unworthy to be called sons.
15:21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
This speaks of those who had fallen away and who sincerely repent in their correction, and are accepted with joy by their loving God.
15:22 But the father said to his servants [the angels], Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 15:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
The son that was faithful from the beginning and who had never strayed or rejected his father became concerned.
This speaks of God the Father explaining that those who had always been unwaveringly faithfully zealous, shall have an inheritance of kingship and priesthood in the resurrection; but that those who went astray, while now repentant, had lost their birthright of high inheritance in the kingdom and will sit in lesser positions under the authority of the faithful, but NOT in high leadership positions.
Those who had gone astray and later repented will be welcomed with great joy, but they will serve in the government under the authority of the pillars who had been unwaveringly zealously faithful.
15:25 Now his elder son was in the field [he was zealously about his Father’s business]: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 15:26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 15:27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
15:28 And he was angry, and would not go in [to the feast]: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
15:29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 15:30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots [spiritually, following false teachers and idolizing corporate churches and false traditions above the Word of God the Father], thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
15:31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 15:32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
The person who goes astray and later finds the way and sincerely repents has saved his life, but may lose much of his inheritance and have a much lower place in his Father’s house; for the inheritance belongs to the zealous over comer who continually lives by every Word of God the Father!
The worldly wisdom of the wicked
Luke 16:1 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted [stolen] his goods. 16:2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.
16:3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. 16:4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they [he thought, I have left my Lord, so I will make friends of others] may receive me into their houses.
The unjust steward forgave the debtors of his master, in his master’s name; thereby making friends for himself.
16:5 So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? 16:6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. 16:7 Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.
16:8 And the lord [the man’s master] commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light [in worldly things].
The lesson is that the worldly wise know the things of the world; and the children of God ought to KNOW the things of God!
Just as this wicked “worldly wise” steward knew how to save himself according to worldly wickedness; the children of God should know how to conduct themselves to attain salvation spiritually.
Godly wisdom is to sincerely repent and beg forgiveness and to STOP doing the wicked deed and to live by every Word of God, so receiving forgiveness and life eternal; but human wisdom is to make friends of other worldly men to prosper in this physical life.
Christ requires a clear choice from his stewards [servants]: Either serve God faithfully, or serve mammon and perish with the wicked.
16:9 And I say unto you, Make [the unrepentant wicked understand the ways of the wicked] to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye [the wicked] fail [are judged by God], they [the wicked] may receive you into everlasting habitations [with them in the fire of Gehenna].
We are to be zealously faithful to live by every Word of God, right down to the very least detail; and in so doing we shall be given authority over much, because God will know that we will be faithful.
He that compromises in even the “little” things, cannot be given more; for he would be faithless in that also.
16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
This wicked steward was wise in worldliness: We are to wise in godliness!
Godly wisdom is being zealous, faithful and sincere in pleasing our Master, and faithfully living by every Word of God.
If we are not godly in the little things of our physical lives; how can God trust us to be faithful in much greater spiritual things of eternity?
16:11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 16:12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?
A clear choice of priorities is necessary. We must choose between being worldly wise for transitory pleasures unto eternal damnation; or living by every Word of God and so becoming godly wise and inheriting eternal life!
Those who water down doctrine and outreach to avoid offending people in the hope of gaining numbers and increased funds; those who exalt false traditions above the Word of God; those who reject sections of the Word of God to justify their false teachings; those who idolize corporate churches and obey them above obeying the scriptures; those who exalt and idolize mere men to the point of following them away from the scriptures: ARE NOT GODLY WISE!
16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
Self-justification is an abomination before God
16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which [try to] justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
Only the law and the prophets were preached until John Baptist; after that the spiritual meaning and implications of the law and prophets and the way into the kingdom of God was explained and preached along with the law and the prophets.
16:16 [only] The law and the prophets were [preached] until John [Baptist]: since that time the kingdom of God [the spirit and intent of the law and prophets and the way of eternal salvation began to be preached by Jesus Christ] is preached, and every man presseth into it.
The Word and Law of God will never pass away!
16:17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.
Divorce and remarriage in the faith is absolutely forbidden
16:18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.
The parable of Lazarus and the rich man
16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 16:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 16:21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
The rich man figuratively cried out for relief as he faced the fire; but the merciless shall not receive mercy.
Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Luke 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
16:27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: 16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Today we have Moses, the prophets, the apostles and Jesus Christ, and we still do not listen to them; we still lean to our own ways and false traditions and we will not stand on the firm foundation of the scriptures.
Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Those who will not hear and obey the scriptures and who justify their idolatry of false traditions and men; would not even listen to a person raised from the dead today. They will reject God’s two servants and they will be corrected by God (Rev 3:14-22) in the fire of affliction, in the hope that they might be humbled and sincerely repent and be saved,
Luke 16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 16:30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.