What if after returning home and staying a few years, the son gets “restless” and “tempted” with memories of worldly pleasures? What if he decides to leave again? If he leaves again, is he again dead to the father? What if he actually dies or is killed in the world this time? Is there room for repentance again? IF this pattern of behavior is repeated so that the son comes back every time he has trouble and then leaves again when he feels strong on his own, do you think there comes a point where the father realizes that his son’s repentance is not genuine?
Or what if the son leaves, but then returns just to visit occasionally? He says a nice “hello and I love you”, but with only the intention of staying on the “good side” of his father….not with any intention to let his father really influence his life. It also eases the son’s conscience to now feel as though he has done his duty. Is that the relationship that the father is longing for?
Would you say the son is alive or dead to his father now? Maybe you would say that he is just enjoying both relationships, living in both worlds, or maybe just cozy and comfortably “lukewarm”?
What does Jesus/Yeshua say about a lukewarm relationship with Him?
Revelation 3:16, Amplified version, “So because you are lukewarm (spiritually useless), and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth [rejecting you with disgust].”
Wow…this is getting really serious.