Luke 15:32. In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, Jesus illustrates to us how the spiritual dead can be brought back to life. In this parable the prodigal son leaves his father and uses a portion of his inheritance for “riotous living”. At this point his father considered his son dead, because his son was separated from him both physically and spiritually. The father did not desire his son to be “dead”, but the son was physically separated and spiritually separated from his father because of his “riotous living”.
Now at some point the son saw the error of his ways. In Luke 15:18 the son says to himself “... I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,”. Here the son acknowledged his sin and turned away from his “riotous living” and returned to his father. The father is overjoyed to see his son who was separated from him and who now had repented of his sinful ways. The father is overjoyed and considered his son now alive (Luke 15:32, "It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found").
His son was no longer spiritually dead. This was because the son had repented of his sins and had returned to his father. He had returned to his father because he knew that his father loved him and he would offer his son salvation from his sinful life. Salvation is what God offers to all of us, his prodigal children. Jesus tells us of this parable of the Prodigal Son to illustrates how and why he offers salvation to us all who are spiritually dead and ready to repent of our sins to God.
LUKE 15 BIBLE SCRIPTURE Luke 15:32, "It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found."