Redemption for Life (4)

A few weeks ago I presented some example verses about redemption for life. In more recent reading I was reminded that another example is in Luke 15. When the prodigal son returned, he was no doubt wearing poor clothes of a person in a menial job (v. 15) with little food (v. 16-17). The father commanded that he be clothed with the best robe. “The father said to his slaves, Bring out quickly the best robe and put it on him…” (v. 22).

All our own righteousnesses are like dirty clothes (Isaiah 64:5-6). This shows that we are unclean in sin. In contrast, the best robe portrays Christ as our righteousness given to us by God when He put us in Christ. “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom to us from God: both righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30). This is “the righteousness of God through the faith of Jesus Christ to all those who believe” (Romans 3:22).

Then the father commanded that the fattened calf be prepared for their eating and merriment (Luke 15:22-24). Eating supplies life. In John 6:54 the Lord told us, “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life.” The end result was that the son dwelt in the father’s house where there was a proper supply of life (“abounding in bread” in Luke 15:17).

Christ as the best robe (Christ is the best in every positive category) qualifies us to eat Christ as the fattened calf. This is redemption for life. The result of being clothed and fed by Christ is dwelling in our Father’s house, which will become New Jerusalem.

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