Did the prodigal son repent? If so, how?

NOTE: Jesus is telling this parable to pharisee. Jesus preached free grace to a man of the law…

Read Luk 15:11-32 What happened?

First of all lets look at the word repentance in Hebrew the word Shuvh

It literally means ”turn (back) to grace”. I mean firmly that this isn´t preached in evangelical churches. It’s a world wide difference between repent from sin (or what is rather implied STOP SINNING) VS turn to grace.

I belive that when we turn to grace sin looses its power. True biblical repentece is turning to grace and realising you cant do it yourself.

The greek word for repentence is metanoia means a change of mind. From ME to HIM!

Lets get into the parable:

The son turned away from the Father and went out into the world spending his money on alot of bad things even paid for prostitutes. This would be a man deep in his sins. And often when this story is preachd, the focus is that the son sinned in actions, but his ultimate sin was to say:

”I can do it my self, Father (God) I dont need you” This is what the bible calls selfrigtheousness.

As time went on the son lost all his money at the same time a famine swept the nation he was in and he was forced to watch swine. This is probaby the lowest job you could have in the context Jesus was telling this parable.

Many then says that the son felt guilty for his sins and repented, this is not in the text my friend. Lets read vers 17-18:

”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! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee”

The son did repent, but not as we are use to hear the story…

Yes he repented, he turned away from his self-sufficiency and his own efforts as he realised he couldnt manage on his own. To son just tried to save his situation, he said ”I will say to my father…” this isnt why he did turned to his Fathers house. His focus wasnt really that he sinned and needed to turn from his sins but rather that he couldent survive on his own.This is true biblical repentence. This is a position were Grace can meet you and transform you.

As he met the Father he wasnt able to say ”father I have sinned…” Why? Because the Father didnt care!! The only thing that matterd was that his son had come home. That his son NEEDED him!!

Lord Jesus said “repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15) This would imply a change of mind rather then a change of actions in first hand. It also implys turning TO something rather turning from something.

Brothers and sisters turn to Grace!!

-Andreas Cucca