The Principle of the Seed
We begin our study of the Seed by going back to the very beginning of everything as recorded in the book of Genesis. The word ‘genesis’ refers to the beginnings. It records the beginning of every thought, trend, course of action, historical precedence and principle that govern life on earth in general and human existence and mission in particular. Even in the very first chapter of Genesis, numerous principles are laid down for us. It is not my intention to disclose or discuss all of these principles in detail – a separate book can be written on just the first chapter of Genesis. Rather, I would like to focus my thoughts on one principle in particular: The Principle of the Seed.
In Genesis 1:11-25, God created the animate world which includes plants, trees, all animals and living creatures according to a very interesting principle. These verses reveal that in the creative act of God, every living being was created ‘according to its own likeness’ and ‘in its own kind’. This is very important since it implies that every living being was able to:
- Reproduce itself endlessly by passing its own seed to the successive generation, thus ensuring legacy and eternity.
- Reproduce only what it was able to reproduce, namely, a creature or being after its own kind. Reproducing anything but ‘its own kind’ was impossible. Thus, the theory of evolution becomes a major problem for the Christian thought. Granted, because of the fall of man as a general principle, and the flood during the time of Noah specifically, our environment underwent drastic changes that required adaptation by all living being for survival. Paul talks about this in Romans 8:20-22.
- Reproduce itself because it possessed a ‘seed’ that represented the very essence of the parent being – the seed contained all of the attributes of the original parent. Hebrews 1:3 tells us that Jesus Christ was the “brightness of His Glory and express image of His Person”.
- Spread its life beyond itself through and by the seed it released into the environment and the subsequent planting of that seed in a suitable earth (Matthew 13:3-23).
- Produce the goal of its existence – a form of fruit or progeny! Plants would yield fruit as the evidence of their intent and purpose for existing, and animal would produce offspring as the evidence of the same principle.
- Ultimately gave its own existence worthwhile meaning and purpose. That is why in the Old Testament, barrenness and the inability to reproduce or bear fruit was considered a curse. Remember how many instances there are in the Bible of people who were barren or infertile and how they were healed and restored. Also remember the encounter between Jesus and the fig tree as recorded in Matthew 21:18-19.
You see, God made everything in the created world according to His own nature. As He Himself is a seed-bearing being, so is His creation. This is why Paul, in Romans 1:20 says: “Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead…”
All creation shouts the truth of this fact that our creator, the Lord of the universe, our heavenly Father, bears a seed, just like His own creation.
If we apply the six above-mentioned governing points to this truth, we will see how beautifully God has revealed the many aspects of His own nature through these principles. Let us look at them more closely:
1) By applying the first point to God, we can see that by transferring His own Seed – none other than the person of the Lord Jesus – to His chosen vessels (Mary, the mother of Jesus is a perfect prototype of this incredible and miraculous process), God reproduces the life of His son which in essence is His own life throughout the material world. Thus, not only does God redeem the created material universe unto Himself, but He also expresses Himself in and through it, as demonstrated in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Consequently, the faller matter of the universe is restored to its original eternal state (death being removed from it in and by the power of resurrection). Did you know that one day all the universe, or at least that part of the universe that is redeemable, will vibrate with the very life and glory of God as He ends the reign of death and ushers in immortality? Romans 8:21-22 states that the entire creation awaits such a freedom as soon as the special vessel of God’s choice, redeemed man, is perfected.
2) God can only reproduce what He is: LIFE! God is not the author of death and there is no death in Him. He is ever-flowing life. God is nothing but life! He possesses the only true life. What we posses, especially after our fall into sin and death, is a very poor and bankrupt form of existence we call life. Real life is in and with God alone.
God can only reproduce light and there is no darkness in Him at all (I John 1:5). Light in some ways relates to death and separation from truth. Thus God can reproduce nothing but TRUTH! In Him there are no lies. He is absolute truth. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life…” (John 14:6). He testified to Pilate that He had come to bear testimony to the truth.
Therefore, through the principle of the Seed and specifically through the second governing law we see that God reproduced Himself and His life and nothing but what and who He is.
3) Earlier, we saw that all living things are capable of reproducing themselves because they possess a seed. Praise the Lord! Our God also is capable of transmitting His life to His creation, particularly to mankind, because He possesses a Seed. That Seed is none other than the Lord Jesus, the one and only Son of God. Here we encounter another set of principles revealed in the Bible, namely, the principle of God’s fatherhood, and the principle of sonship.
These extremely vital principles, both foundational to our Christian faith, are embedded in the very fabric of both the Old and the New Testaments. The fatherhood of God is proven by the appearance of the Son. I would like to demonstrate this principle by using myself and my father as an example. If you see me in the street and are convinced that I really do exist, you come to one conclusion only: that if Edwin exists, then he must, as a matter of necessity, have a father. I could not have come to existence without a father. Therefore, my existence proves the fatherhood of Fred, my father. On the other hand, if you meet my father in the street, you do not necessarily detect that he is a father. He would have to point me, his son, out to you as proof of his fatherhood. I am the evidence of his fatherhood. This example may not be perfect; nevertheless, it implies an important truth: that Jesus is the proof of God’s fatherhood and the Father proves His fatherhood by revealing His Son to us. That is perhaps why the Pharisees and the Sadducees had difficulty accepting the fatherhood of God, because the God of the Old Testament does not openly reveal His fatherhood to us. Of course, we know that He gives us many clues and signs pointing to this fact, but one needs to read the Old Testament with an open and believing heart – unlike the religious leaders of the time who read the Scriptures with political and nationalistic motives only. Jesus tried, to no avail, to convey this truth to His own people: that by having seen Him, they in fact had seen the Father; therefore, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was truly a father.
God spreads His life through His Seed, Jesus Christ, to all His creation. Without Jesus Christ as the Seed of God, He would not have been able to extend His life to anything because He would forever remain a self-enclosed being, incapable of propagating His life. This is totally contrary to the very essence of God. In order for God to really be God, He must be able to express, extend, and export His life beyond Himself; otherwise, there would be no way of ever knowing or experiencing Him.
4) We stated that God is capable of transmitting His life through His Seed, Jesus Christ. This Seed was given to Earth which was the soil of God’s initial planting of His life, from where ultimately all of creation will be filled with the life and the glory of God. Jesus was planted in the soil of this earth as a little baby in the womb of Mary. She was that suitable soil, able to nurture and bring the Seed of God to full manifestation. Thus God’s life did indeed extend beyond Himself, and for the first time – and from that point on for ever – was planted in the soil of His created world. That is why the incarnation of Jesus Christ is so vital to our faith. In John 1:1 we read, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”. This verse tells us that God’s Seed, the Word, who is none other than the Son, was always in and with the Father. The term ‘Word’ implies an inner reality, the essence of one’s core thoughts. We use words in order to express our inner reality, our thoughts, our being. That is why Jesus said, “Not what goes in defiles a man but what comes out of him.” The Word in John 1:1 was the very essence of God and His thoughts, spoken into the womb of Mary. God creates and gives life to anything and everything by His creative power in His word. By speaking, God acts and creates and extends His life
Praise the Lord, the Gospel of John does not end here. The first verse only reveals the truth of the existence of the Word as God’s Seed. The Seed would have always remained in God’s being had it not been released by being spoken into the realm of space and time. Any time we read in the Bible that God ‘sent’ His Son or ‘gave’ His Son, it means that God released the Seed into the realm of physical world. John 1:4 states, “And the Word [Seed] became flesh and dwelt among us…” What a fantastic event! God spoke His own Seed into the world, thus releasing it from His own besom (John 1:18) and planting it in the soil of His beloved earth. This act of God would have everlasting implications and consequences. In future chapters, we will see the fulfillment of God’s plan and purpose through the release of His Seed into the world.
The Seed was given as a principle in Genesis 1, promised in Genesis 3, preserved in the Old Testament, presented to mankind to Mary, Joseph, and John the Baptist, personified in Christ Jesus. It experienced passion in death, propagated itself through resurrection and the descending of the Spirit, was continually persecuted by the archenemy of God, Satan and his seed, and was finally perfected in its goal and destiny by the final victory of life over death, and the ushering in of God’s millennial and subsequent eternal kingdom.
5) The principle of the Seed reveals the goal of its existence, and as a consequence the goal of God’s existence: bestowing His life, grace, and glory to everything. God created the universe so that the universe would be the showcase of His glory. So many times we read in the Scriptures, especially in the Psalms, that creation declares the glory of God. The writer envisions an ideal and desirable world, as if he has gone beyond the present sinful and corrupted creation and is viewing the entire creation from a heavenly and post-redemption point of view. It is as though there never was a fall, sin never entered creation, and death never marred or disfigured God’s masterpiece. This, of course, will one day come to full manifestation. God will have His desired universe, one that pulsates with the life and glory of the creator. This is His goal. The fruit of God’s labor will be a fully redeemed, restored and ‘living’ universe at whose head will be the Son and His companions, the redeemed humanity who themselves are the firstfruits of this masterpiece of God.
Plants yield fruit according to their own kind. Animals bear offspring according to their own kind. People bear children according to their own kind. And God yields and produces glorious sons according to His own kind [Seed]. (Hebrews 2:10).
6) Finally, the very meaning of God and the value we attach to Him must be related to what He is capable of accomplishing in His creation and beyond the boundaries of Himself. God gives His own existence meaning and value by the very nature of Himself which is nothing but goodness and an eternal desire to give of Himself, all that He is, to His beloved creation. Just as the sun emits heat, light and energy on a self-consuming basis, our God gives of Himself – life, light, truth, goodness, and grace, to name a few characteristics – in an endless and infinite manner.
The concept of God would be meaningless if God is anything other than this. God would be just as inert and useless to me as my knowledge of the chemical composition of the planet Jupiter. The only meaning and value I am able to comprehend, appreciate and derive from God is what He Himself attributes to Himself. That is why Christianity is so different from all other faith systems. In other faiths, God is either an uncontrollable reproductive energy and consciousness, aimlessly or indiscriminately reproducing Himself in and through multiple ‘gods’ or deities, or is a completely barren and infertile, self-enclosed and unknowable entity as portrayed in certain so-called monotheistic religions such as Judaism or Islam. A barren god is an unfruitful god – a contradiction in terms. God cannot be self-enclosed and self-contained. He must be fruitful, as His creation is.
In Genesis 2, God brought all the animals to Adam so that Adam could give name them. I don’t think God was in need of Adam to help Him name His created animals! I believe God exposes Adam to this exercise intentionally so that Adam could realize one great principle: All created beings reproduce according to their own kind; consequently man needs to have offspring according to his own kind. Adam could not find a compatible vessel to carry his ‘seed’. He needed a compatible and suitable companion to bear his offspring according to his own kind. God was revealing a deeper truth to Adam in this exercise: That God also needed a suitable and compatible vessel to reproduce His life and bear His fruit; someone who would be perfectly compatible – spiritually, mentally and emotionally – to His intents and desires. By putting Adam to sleep and obtaining Eve from him by an act of removing a part of his flesh, God demonstrated that He would obtain that compatible vessel to Himself by putting His Son to the sleep of death and that He would obtain the eternal Eve, the Church, through and by Him. The Church is the perfect companion, the perfect vessel for carrying God’s Seed to fruition!
I would like to emphasize that my treatment of this subject does not necessarily include a philosophical argument for the existence or the nature of God. Rather, I am merely stating my observations on the first two chapters of Genesis and what they tell us about the principles governing God’s creation – principles consistent with His nature and purpose. God is much more than what I have portrayed in this chapter. He is infinitely more mysterious and subject to discovery.
The main point is: God has a very definite and specific plan and purpose for His creation and He has chosen to reveal and demonstrate that purpose symbolically through His creation – seed, offspring bearing life on earth – and spiritually, through the advent of His Son, Jesus Christ, who is the Word from the beginning and the incorruptible Seed by and through whom man, and ultimately all creation, will be redeemed and restored to their original plan and design. Thus, God’s will and purpose will prevail and be manifested in the ages to come.
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