Luke 15:20-22, “20 And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.”
This is the magnificent attribute of God that sets Him apart from all the false gods invented by men. He is not indifferent or hostile, but a Savior by nature, longing to see sinners repent and rejoicing when they do. We see this kind of love demonstrated by the father of the prodigal son, who when he saw his son coming he had compassion on him, ran, fell on his neck, kissed him. The son did not even finish his rehearsed words of repentance before the father intercepted to grant forgiveness. This is a picture of God’s eagerness to forgive.
Then here comes three things he instructs his servants to do for this son, Clothe him in ROBE which is reserved for guest of honor and also to cover his nakedness. He is also given a RING, a symbol of authority, and SANDALS, slaves did not wear sandals. In other words, his father MADE HIM a son again; full restoration to sonship.
Let me side track here and talk about the believers, unlike the prodigal son who had a biological father which gave him some rights, we are not sons and daughters of God by RIGHT but by ADOPTION. According to the Bible dictionary, “Adoption is the giving to any one the name and place and privileges of a son who is not a son by birth”. Those who are adopted now belong and are called blessed. In Ephesians 1:3,5,6, Paul writes “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ… 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved”. Blessed God has blessed us with spiritual blessings because He has adopted us through Jesus Christ to Himself. “Human parents can bestow their love, resources, and inheritance on adopted child, but not their own distinct characteristics. But God miraculously gives His own nature to those whom He has elected and who have trusted Christ. He makes them His children in the image of His divine Son, giving them not just Christ’s riches and blessings but also His very nature”, John MacArthur, amen
Romans 8:14-16, “14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. To quote Barton W. Johnson, “Paul was writing to the Romans, among whom the adoption of children, not their own by nature, was common. They would understand this to mean that those converted, or born again, are adopted as children of God; upon those thus adopted he bestows his Spirit; this Spirit in their hearts produces a loving trust that enables them to address God as Father.”
Adoption is a parent choosing the baby to adopt, not the other way round. When the adoption takes place, the nature of the relationship changes. For this reason, God has made us to be partakers of the divine nature. God had one only-begotten Son, and He was pleased for His own glory, to choose out of a lost world many to become His adopted sons. He also made us heirs, Romans 8:17,”… and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together
One who comes with the heart of a servant is made a son yet with a servant’s heart. He knows he does not deserve it, he knows he is been adopted. He did not work hard to earn this position, he was only made. The prodigal son’s father showed him grace and mercy out of the love he had for his son. The same God does for us who come to Him. He gives us what He has set aside for His Son for us whom He has adopted. This is love, perfecting love. Blessings Ev