Like I said Yesterday… I was going to do What I Learned In Church Yesterday in two post, Because I missed last weeks. Today’s post is for this past Sunday, so here it goes. We are close to ending I think a very fruitful study in the Parable of the lost son. We’re at the older son’s response to the Fathers lavish love for the lost son Luke15:25-26, 27-28. Remember now this older son is the Pharisee… the audience Jesus is telling this story to Luke 15:1-3. I can just imagine the Pharisees fuming at this story and at the Fathers lavish love for this repentant sinner… Jesus said the older son became angry. The Pharisee is self-righteous person, a religious legalistic phony… He is righteous in his own eyes, He is full of pretenses… His only desire is to look holier and spiritual than thou. Look what God’s word says to the person with the attitude of the self-righteous person who wants to be holier than thou… who is full of pretenses “Who say, ‘Keep to yourself, do not come near me, For I am holier than you!’ These are smoke in My nostrils, A fire that burns all the day. Isaiah 65:5 Matthew Henry said this “Christ denounced many woes against the pride and hypocrisy of the Jews. The proof against them is plain. And let us watch against pride and self-preference, remembering that every sin, and the most secret thoughts of man’s heart, are known and will be judged by God.”
Where’s the rejoicing for his younger brother that he has this wonderful amazing grace poured out on him? The older brother knows not what grace is… He works for his righteousness and salvation. Jesus said his work in the field is the world Matthew 13:38 and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one. As one writer puts it ” This elder brother, the Scribe and Pharisee, the religious legalist, is in the world, walking after the course of the world, after the lusts of his own flesh, and ruled by Satan, the god of the world; and was taken up with the things of the world Ephesians 2:2, 3.” But look!… the Father wants him to come in Luke 15:28 “But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him.; As Yogi Berra was heard saying “It ain’t over ’till it’s over”… It’s not over for the sinner, until God says so… so come, repent and believe Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” You see the Gospel is exclusive, hand-picked by God. Ephesians 1:3-4 It’s not over for those who do not believe… Not until they appear before God in judgment. But the work by Christ is done, once and for all Hebrews 10:10. I came across this.
“Nothing, either great or small; Nothing, sinner, no; Jesus did it, did it all, Long, long ago! When He, from His lofty throne, Stooped to do and die, Everything was fully done; Hearken to His cry -‘It is finished!’ Yes indeed, Finished every jot. Sinner, this is all you need. Tell me, Is it not? Weary, working, plodding one, Why toil you so? Cease your doing, all was done, Long, long ago! Till to Jesus’ work you cling By a simple faith, Doing is a deadly thing. Doing ends in death! Cast your deadly ‘doing’ down, Down at Jesus’ feet. Stand in Him, in Him alone, Gloriously complete!” James Procter
And that’s what I learned in church Sunday