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Friday, 8 March 2019

The Natural Seed and the Spiritual Seed 1 John 3 9

The Natural Seed and the Spiritual Seed 1 John 3 9

There are TWO TYPES OF NATURAL SEED mentioned in the scriptures: SPERM the engendering male element which begets like kind; the seed in or from the loins - and CHILDREN - the results of impregnation of the semen (sperm) bringing forth the seed of posterity; the offspring of a father after the flesh; the subsequent generations follow this NATURAL LAW and are considered the seed of the original progenitor after the FLESH.

There are also TWO FORMS OF THE SPIRITUAL SEED: THE WORD OF GOD (Luke 8:11) - which is spirit (John 6:63) - and CHILDREN OF GOD - those persons whose minds and hearts have been impregnated with the word of God and through obedience to the word and develop into God’s children; they are born of the SPIRIT - begotten by the word of God:
John 3:5 - “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
James 1:18 - “And of his own will begat he us with the WORD OF TRUTH, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures.”
1 Peter 1:23 - “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, BY THE WORD OF GOD, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
1 John 3:9 - “Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” They are thus begotten by God.
John 1:13 - “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
We might term this seed “MYSTICAL”, since Jesus stated that: “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou heareth the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh and whither it goeth. So is EVERY ONE THAT IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT” (John 3:8). Also, Paul speaks of the MYSTERY OF GODLINESS:
1 Timothy 3:16 - “And without controversy great is the MYSTERY OF GODLINESS: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”
... A MYSTERY is a concealed FACT that MAY be revealed. God reveals these things unto his children by his spirit. He conceals them from the wise (of the world) but reveals them unto babes:
Matthew 11:25 - “At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”

When God created them, male and female, it was for the purpose of multiplying and filling the whole earth with like kind. The law of descent by birth was vested in the man, the male sperm. The man-to-the-woman is a type of God-to-his-people, or of Christ-to-his-church (bride). Now Jesus was born under this natural law, in order to inherit the natural attributes of his forefathers (Adam, Noah, Abraham, and David) after the flesh. He partook of flesh and blood and in all things was made like unto his brethren, that he might destroy those human attributes in himself, which attributes would result in death.
Hebrews 2:14-17 - “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15. “And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16. “For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
17. “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”
Therefore it was necessary for God to use a natural seed (sperm) or else Jesus would have been born spirit, according to Jesus’ own statement at John 3:6: “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
The seed promised to Abraham was relative to his posterity. The promise to David was as literal as the promise to Abraham as witnessed by the following texts:
2 Samuel 7:12 - “And when thy [David’s] day be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee which shall proceed out of thy bowels and I will establish his kingdom.”
1 Chronicles 17:11 - “And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons, and I will establish his kingdom.”
Psalm 132:11 - “The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.”
2 Timothy 2:8 - “Remember that Jesus Christ of [Grk. ‘ex’ - out of] the seed of David was raised from [Grk. ‘ex’ - out of] the dead according to my gospel.”
Acts 2:30 - “Therefore [David] being a prophet and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of [Grk. ‘ex’ - out of] the FRUIT OF HIS LOINS, according to the FLESH, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne.”
Jeremiah 33:20-21 - “Thus saith the LORD: If ye can break my covenant of the day, and ... the night, and that there should not be day and night ...
21. “Then may my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a SON to reign upon his throne.”
John 7:42 - “Hath not the scriptures said, that Christ cometh of [Grk. ‘ex’ - from out of] the seed of David.”
Romans 1:3 (Diaglott) - “Concerning that son of his, who was born from a seed of David, according to the FLESH.”
These testimonies refer specifically to God’s covenant with David. God through Isaiah states that “a virgin shall conceive” [Hebrew ‘harah’ - to receive seed - sperm] (Isaiah 7:14). And the angel Gabriel said to the virgin Mary: “Thou shalt conceive” [Grk. ‘sullambano’ - to receive seed - sperm] (Luke 1:31).
Now, “that which is born of the flesh is flesh” (John 3:6). Also, “that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is NATURAL; and afterward that which is SPIRITUAL” (1 Corinthians 15:46). Thus denoting the sequence by which God begets “sons” from among mankind. Since Jesus was born of flesh and blood (Hebrews 2:14), then God must have used a NATURAL seed (sperm) to impregnate Mary by insemination.

When Gabriel informed Mary of God’s purpose, she said: “How can this be seeing I know not a man?” Gabriel answered: “The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee” (Luke 1:35). The Holy Spirit is not a person but is the power of God, by which he subjugates and sustains all things according to his will. Thus was the physical association of a man dispensed with, as God, through his power, performed the feat in accordance with his promise to David.
And Gabriel said to Mary: “God will give unto him [Jesus] the throne of David his father” (Luke 1:32). Jesus was the son of David after the flesh. He is the natural seed (posterity) in whom all the covenants are fulfilled.
This does not negate the fact that Jesus became the son of God after the spirit in God’s appointed way: First the natural, afterward the spiritual. Jesus expressly states that, “I am the way and no man cometh to the Father but by me [after the
same manner]” (John 14:6).

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