CHRIST THE INCORRUPTIBLE SEED
BY: GEORGE R. HAWTIN
A little seed lay in the ground
And soon began to sprout.
“Now which of all the flowers around,
It mused, “shall I turn out?
The lily’s face is fair and proud,
But just a trifle cold;
The rose, I think, is rather loud,
And then, her fashion’s old.
The violet is all very well,
But not the flower I’d choose;
Nor yet the canterbury bell;
I never cared for blues.”
And so it criticized each flower,
This supercilious seed,
Till it awoke one summer hour
And found itself a weed.
Probably this little verse will bring an amused smile to all who read it, but if you give yourself time for mature thought and meditation upon the message it carries, you may find your mind wandering over the hills of memory far back into the distant past. Perhaps your unwilling memory will hear again for one brief moment the cruel and bitter criticism that fell from the lips of God’s people as they worked themselves into disquiet and agitation over the faults and shortcomings of other Christians. You may perchance remember the days when you yourself wasted your precious time preaching sermons on dress and outward show and many other things which in the final analysis have nothing whatsoever to do with the inner man of the heart, but only garnish the outward appearance of a sepulcher that is full of dead men’s bones. When meditating upon the worthless-ness of the filthy rags of outward reform, one cannot but remember with sadness how pitifully often those who spent their time criticizing others about such things eventually ended their own lives more like noxious weeds than beautiful flowers in the garden of God, and only God can know in how many instances they ended their lives without any true faith or grip upon the eternal things that in God’s sight are of great importance.
My true purpose, however, in quoting the verse above is that we may remember the unalterable and indisputable fact that, of whatsoever sort a seed is as it lies in the ground, of that same kind will it also be when it comes to maturity, and when the harvest ripens and the new seed appears in the ear, it will be of the same sort and variety that lay in the ground at the beginning. Nothing can possibly alter this immutable law. It is just as definite and indisputable as any of the divine laws of God’s great universe. Far, far back in the beginning of visible things the edict fell from the lips of God, all-wise, almighty, and immutable, that kind MUST produce after its own kind.
In these the closing days of the dispensation of grace we find ourselves living in an hour of sacred and unbelievable importance, for God is preparing His glorious sons for their manifestation. The sonship message seems to permeate the very air we breathe till Christians who never before were awakened to its truth are beginning to long for sonship and to look with a groaning creation for the manifestation of the sons of God. Well may our hearts rejoice for this awakening and may the lines that follow on these pages provoke us to thoughtful prayer and meditation, because many people glibly talk of sonship while having no real knowledge of the truth of the message, nor any understanding of its sacred glory.
For many years I have become more and more aware that Satan has a most abominable and obnoxious way of endeavoring to make commonplace the wonderful things of God until the holy and sublime revelations that would make angels tremble are held in less esteem by preachers and people than the common earth and dust upon which they daily tread. Familiarity always breeds contempt and nowhere does it breed faster than among religious men who grab and grasp after the things of God, having no knowledge of their greatness nor of the eternal price which Jesus Christ paid that they might become ours. As Moses in ignorance approached the burning bush, so in impiety do these approach. The irreverence, impiety and lip-devotion of which I speak is the dreadful, miry bog into which the preachers of Babylon have dragged the sacred truths concerning the gifts of the Spirit. They claim gifts and publish miracles and healings, seldom because they have a compassion for the sick or because they want a true manifestation of spiritual gifts, but because men and women today are so body conscious and fleshly minded that they would turn themselves inside out if they could get rid of their sickness and enjoy physical well-being, while many other proud and unconsecrated souls would love to possess a spiritual gift to flout before the eyes of a gullible public. Cursed be the spirit of Balaam that makes merchandise of the things of God and would willingly make use of a spiritual gift in the hope of some temporal gain!
Only recently the newspapers carried this advertisement for one of Babylon‘s preachers: “Come and see Reverend . .. demonstrate the gifts of the Holy Spirit!” Accompanying this impious humbug was his bold-faced picture, mouth open as usual, and holding a microphone in his hand. I do not say these things from mere personal bitterness, but let it be thoroughly known to all who read these pages that such as this is not the way to sonship. It has nothing whatsoever in common with the sonship message and it not the way of Christ.
During the last few weeks the Spirit of God has impressed my mind with the fearful reality and truth, which I now tell you. In the days of Elijah there were eight hundred fifty prophets of Baal in Israel. The whole nation was steeped in the rottenness of Baal worship and given over to it. The Spirit of God has already witnessed regarding our days, saying, “Behold, I send Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Lord.” Whether the Elijah spoken of here is one or a company of men I am not in a position to say, but I know that he is coming, and, when he comes, he will bring these modern prophets of Baal into the most terrible judgment. Their miserable craftiness and sleight of hand will be over, for it will be proved before the eyes of all the people that these fakers had no power to call down God’s fire on any sacrifice, nor had they the true manifestation of spiritual gifts.
The days in which we live are far more perilous than any among us even dare to think. The darkness that covers the earth and the gross darkness that fills the minds of the people have deceived all men so that they readily believe that wrong is right, Belial is Christ, false gifts are true gifts, that false prophets who stand in the pulpits are the servants of the Lord and that the false corrupt thing which calls itself the church is actually the bride of Christ. But the day is not far off when the dreadful error of these things will be revealed. Even at this moment in the deserts and lonely places of the earth God is preparing His beloved sons who will be in the deserts until their showing unto Israel.
Let us flee as far as we can from the awful spirit that possessed Simon the sorcerer, who seeing that by the laying on of the hands of the apostles the Holy Spirit was given, offered them money that he might also be given this power, that upon whomsoever he laid his hands they might receive the Holy Spirit. But Peter, looking upon him with indignation and disdain, being full of the Holy Ghost, said, “Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perchance the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.” Acts 8:18-23 It is a fearful thing to desire any gift of God in the hope of personal gain or exaltation. Should many of these money-hungry prophets of modern Baal come into the presence of any genuine spiritual gifts, they would either repent of their wickedness, as Simon the sorcerer did, or fall dead in their sins as did Ananias and Sapphira.
We speak not inadvisedly nor loosely when we affirm that we are living in dangerous and terrible days. Of what more dreadful hour could you conceive than an hour when the sacred and holy things are cast as precious jewels in the swine pen of fleshly manifestation, when every modern Uzzah is putting forth his hand to steady the ark of God, (2 Sam. 6:6,7), and every Philistine is lightly lifting the mercy seat to peer with uncircumcised eyes into the ark of the Lord, (1 Sam:6:19), when every Nadab and Abihu is offering their strange fire, (Num. 3:4), and the sons of Sceva who know not Christ are crying over him that is possessed of the devil, “We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches that you come out of him.” Acts 19:14 Why halt between two opinions? If God is God, then serve Him. Turn now from these vanities, for it is time to seek the Lord and be known of Him. Let us steadfastly refuse to associate ourselves with that crowd whose hearts and motives, though unclean in God’s sight, continually take refuge in their supposed signs and wonders as though already saying, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? And in Thy name have done many wonderful works?” God has plainly declared He will say unto these, “I never knew you; depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Mat. 7:23
Darkness now covers the earth and gross darkness the hearts of the people. They do not know what makes them stumble. The situation in the world and in the professing church system is far more serious than any of us care to think. The world has become possessed with a reprobate mind until it is exceedingly corrupt and filled with terrible violence. So corrupt has it become that wisdom and sanity have fled from the earth. Worse still, the people of God are allowing themselves to be swallowed up by greed and confusion, hiding Babylon‘s goodly garment, not in their tents, but in their hearts. It is time for those who would know God to find a place of stillness before Him that their lives may be disentangled and rescued from the mass of unspiritual corruption into which countless millions have now fallen. The antichrist spirit is engulfing the whole earth, that all mankind should worship the beast and give honor to him.
Before the Spirit of the Lord can lead us into the fathomless depths of His eternal purpose, it becomes necessary that we be brought face to face with the present hopelessness of our own condition. It was for this very reason that the inspired writers of the scripture, while always extolling the goodness, mercy and loving kindness of God, never failed in all their writings to vividly portray the picture of human depravity and the desolating, degrading power of the carnal mind. The sooner our eyes behold the putrid stagnation of the lukewarm Laodicean church system, the more quickly we will flee from it, nor shall we, as Lot‘s wife, look back again. When we see that in our flesh dwelleth no good thing, then with haste we will flee to Him who is the source of all righteousness, wisdom and honor. What part have godly men in a system that says, “I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing?”
When the truth of the absolute necessity of the new birth dawns like a ray of sunlight upon the heart of the self-righteous man, he counts all his righteousnesses as filthy rags and flees away to God that Christ may be born within him. The reason men remain a lifetime in sin is because the sinfulness of sin has never been made real to them. Unto the church of Laodicea it was written: “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich…” Rev. 3:17, 18 It is hard to tell a rich man that he is poverty stricken. It is almost impossible to disturb the composure of one who thinks he has need of nothing, who never surmises for a moment that he is miserable and wretched, poor and blind and naked. Yet such is the condition throughout the world and the entire realm of professing Christendom. I well remember a precious old lady who, having grown hard of hearing, imagined that her family intentionally spoke in subdued tones so that she would not hear their conversation, but, when after much difficulty she was persuaded to go to the doctor to have her ears washed out, then she wondered why everyone in the house was shouting so. That is just the way God’s people are in this the hour of Laodicea. They are blind but think they can see perfectly. They have grown deaf to the true voice of God, yet they are positive there is nothing wrong with their hearing. They are full of religion and talk loudly of signs and wonders, but do not know that they are lukewarm in their love and relationship to God. Their works abound on every hand, but they are unaware that God has neither sent them nor required these labors of them. It is time, oh, child of God, to seek the quiet of the wilderness where every voice of man is hushed and no one has opportunity to speak but God.
Long ago the prophet Elijah had fled to a cave in Horeb. He had become an exceedingly unpopular man in Israel, for he had slain eight hundred and fifty of the prophets of Baal. He had proved that the Lord was God before both King Ahab and all the ten tribes of the house of Israel, but now the harlotish queen Jezebel, full of rage and devilish fury, was after his head, his life, and his blood. “So let the gods do to me, and more also,” said she, “if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” 1 Kings 19:1. So Elijah had fled to Horeb. Now Horeb is called the mount of God. 1 Kings 19:8. Perhaps those who glibly talk of Elijah’s sagging faith have forgotten that it was in this very Horeb that Moses stood before the burning bush as he kept the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, in the desert. Ex. 3:1. And it was to this very place, this mount of God, that Moses had led the children of Israel. Here they murmured for lack of water, and here in Horeb he smote the rock and living water for all the hosts gushed forth in abundant supply. Ex. 17:6. It was at Horeb, the mount of God, that the Lord spoke face to face with the people out of the heavenly fire as Moses stood between them and the Lord. Deut. 5:2-5. Many other wonderful things transpired at Horeb, because Horeb was the mount of God. If we should be inclined to speak of Elijah’s lack of faith in fleeing from the wicked Jezebel as so many are prone to do, let us remember that it is not his fleeing from Jezebel that needs to be emphasized. The thing of importance is that he was fleeing to the mount of God. How precious in the eyes of the Lord it would be today if thousands more like Elijah would flee from the harlot Babylon, who seeks their very spiritual life to take it away, and in fleeing from her would be found fleeing to the lonesomeness of the mountain of God!
So Elijah fled across that great desert of Sinai, which in our time has echoed the doleful tunes of war so recently, and, coming to Horeb, the mount of God, after forty days without the food of men, he sank down in a cave and lodged there. Then the Lord said to him, “What doest thou here, Elijah?” Do not think, my brother, that God was rebuking His son. Would God that all of you who read these lines would flee to His lonely mountain, and would God also that you, as Elijah, would flee because of your knowledge that, as Jezebel the harlotish queen sought his life, so the harlot of Babylon is seeking your life, draining you of revelation and spiritual understanding, throwing down the sacred altars and trampling underfoot the things that pertain to life and godliness. Come, my brother, alone to the mountain of God. What place have you with the harlot and her prophets? Come where you will hear God speak to you as He spoke to Elijah in the long ago; for there is a place where He dwells, but you will never find it amid Babel’s confusion of fire and earthquakes and wind, exciting and tempting as all these things may be. We must flee from it all if would hear God’s voice and learn His will.
“And He said, Go forth and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:11-13 It was here in the mount of God at Horeb that Elijah received the greatest revelation of his life. Here it was that final preparations were made for his departure from this earth. Hazael was to be anointed king of Syria, Elisha was to be anointed prophet in his stead, and he himself was to be caught up to heaven in a whirlwind to be numbered among the blessed few of whom it could be said, “He was not, for God took him.”
I write these things because I know it is impossible for men to receive the transforming message of sonship until they have left the noise of Babylon with all its flimsy surface teaching. The church system has gone a whoring after the spectacular. The corrupt phrase, “food, fun and fellowship”, bespeaks the mind of a system whose people walk after the flesh. Breakfasts and banquets are made a prominent part of the system and without their fleshly attraction the thing would fall apart. Surely these are the things to which Peter referred when he spoke of “revelings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries.” 1 Pet. 4:3. And lest you who walk God’s way should be caused to wonder at your lonely estate, he is quick to add this comfort: “Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you.” Verse 4 Seeing then we have cleansed ourselves from the bondage of corruption and useless tradition, and have fled to our Horeb, the mount of God, let us open our ears to the voice of the Lord as He reveals His transforming message to our hearts.
At the beginning of this article we pointed out that of what kind the seed is as it lies in the ground will determine what the seed is in the harvest, whether it be wheat, or barley, or some other kind. Nothing can possibly alter this divine decree. Corruption cannot inherit incorruption, mortality cannot inherit immortality, neither can flesh and blood inherit the kingdom of God. If we through labor and travail and endless years of ascetic severity are going to try to fashion the corruptible after the incorruptible, we will find to our consternation in the end that we are just the same as we were in the beginning. The leopard cannot change his spots, and, even if he could, his offspring would still be a leopard with spots. The Ethiopian cannot change his skin, and, even if he could, his offspring would still be the same color as he is. It is well nigh impossible to tell the difference between a turnip and a rutabaga seed, yet if you mix a pound of each together and cast them into the ground, each tiny seed will unerringly produce its own kind.
How then can we who are born in sin and shapen in iniquity, being by nature the children of wrath, ever hope to become the sons of God? Such a hope as this certainly demands something far more than the worthlessness of self-reformation. If sonship is, indeed, the hope of all creation and if our sonship in Christ is the hope and design of God Himself, then there must be some very definite and unfailing way by which God produces sons in the very image and likeness of Christ. There is a way, blessed be God! There is nothing complicated about it. It is as simple as life itself, as simple as growth or ripening or maturity. Though life is simple, it is simple only to God, for none but He can ever produce it. Man cannot now, and never under any circumstance will he be able to produce even the simplest form of life. God has reserved the realm of life Himself.
There are many things which our spirits know though it seems we know them not, for the veil of the flesh has hidden them from our eyes, but, if we were taught them by another, we would recognize their truth at once, for the babe of truth would go leaping in the womb of our spirit and we would say, and truthfully, too, that we knew it all the time. But a truth is never a truth to the heart until the Spirit of God draws aside the curtain and shines His light into the dark recesses of the understanding. Then and only then does the heart stand still or go, perchance, to leaping for the wonder of the revelation that has burst upon it from the presence of the Lord. The disciples who walked to Emmaus had talked for several hours with Jesus. Their hearts had burned within them as He opened the scripture and, beginning with Moses and all the prophets, expounded unto them all the things concerning Himself; but, though their hearts burned within them, they knew not who their strange guest really was. But, when He blessed the bread and broke it, their eyes were opened, and they knew Him. This is the way revelation and understanding comes to your heart. Christ blesses the bread of life and breaks it to you. Then the eyes of your understanding are opened. Then you know that all the while you had been standing in the presence of life and God and truth though you knew it not. It is like shining a strong searchlight into the darkness of a cave or pressing the light switch in the darkness to find yourself standing in a room that is flooded with light and full of precious jewels. Jacob, who lay with his head on a pillow of stone, awoke in dread from his vision, saying, “Surely God is in this place and I knew it not.” This is a revelation so essential to us all.
As I waited before God, the infinite and hidden truths of sonship began to be opened before the eyes of my understanding. I had been praying and making requests before God when suddenly my words ceased in the midst of my prayer, for I beheld a truth face to face which, if known before, had not been revealed to me, but which now came alive and was quickened as never before by His Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God in His own inimitable way had shone His light of revelation on these inspired words from the pen of the apostle Peter: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.” 1 Pet. 1:23. If in the wisdom of God we can sound the fathomless depths of truth that filled the apostle’s inspired mind when he wrote these words, I believe we shall have in our possession the explanation of many things that have remained secret and have been hidden from our understanding for centuries. If the Spirit of God will give us understanding concerning this incorruptible seed, then we will also understand what Paul meant when he proclaimed that Christ in us is the hope of glory. Then, too, we will discern as never before why it is that if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation. Then we will know the meaning of Paul’s words when he spoke of the hidden man of the heart, and we will know as never before how literal is the truth, “It is God that worketh in us both to will and to do His good pleasure.” Phil. 2:13
In this passage of scripture (1 Pet. 1:23) so full of meaning Peter has told us the deepest and most profound truth concerning our sonship in these strange, remarkable words of inspiration: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word (Logos) of God that liveth and abideth forever.” Have you wondered what it is that really and actually takes place in that blessed hour of the new birth? The simple yet infinitely wonderful truth is this: God by His Spirit actually plants the Christ seed in the believer’s heart. That seed is incorruptible and indestructible. It cannot die. It is the Logos, the Christ that lives and abides forever. Thus at the very moment of the new birth the incorruptible seed, the living word, the Logos, the Christ, is implanted in the believer’s heart, and from that moment on it grows and grows and develops and develops until its life consumes his old self completely. The process and growth of the incorruptible seed continues until he can say literally and in absolute truth, “It is not I, but Christ.” In all my life I have not seen a more glorious truth than this! In the light of it all else fades into insignificance and nothingness. For centuries we have been like the inhabitants of Bethlehem who, though Christ was born among them, knew it not.
All natural things have spiritual counterparts. There is the living word, the written word, and the created word. Thus all things created by God, (and all things were created by God), though they be but natural things in a temporal world, shout out their spiritual truth. Paul wrote, “The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” Rom. 1:20. The long journeyings of the children of Israel in the wilderness, together with their trials and wars in Canaan, were “ensamples unto us upon whom the ends of the ages are come.” 1 Cor. 10:11
Since then these things cannot be spoken against, much less denied, our minds would be extremely dull should we now be unable to see a likeness between our natural birth in the flesh and our new birth in the Spirit. Who among those who read these lines is so ignorant of the simple facts of life that he does not know that in the order of natural generation it is when the male seed is placed in the female’s womb that a new life begins, a new man, a new person*. Yes, a new creation is begun then and there. Who among us does not know that the implanted seed grows and grows and develops until it becomes a new human being in the image of his parents; and who among us does not know that one day after a certain length of time there is an unveiling when new life, yes, that new person, who until now was completely hidden by his mother’s flesh, shall be unveiled and made manifest. This simple story of human birth is not only known to us all, but it has been experienced by us all, though at the time in our embryo state we knew absolutely nothing of it. We only learned it when the story was complete and we were old enough to understand.
We said above that all natural things have spiritual counterparts. It is never good or wise to press all the points in any type, and we should never draw too close a parallel between physical things and spiritual things, yet the lesson is there wide open to our understanding if we will but ask God to help us to see it. It must therefore be impressed upon your spiritual mind, oh believer, that, though that which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit, yet the similarity of what has taken place is too obvious a type and simile to be missed and left unheeded. It was this very truth that filled the inspired mind of Peter when he told us that in our new birth we are not born of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, and that this incorruptible seed was the Logos, the Christ, the Word that was in the beginning, (John 1:1), who created all things and from whom all things everywhere were created.
Let there be, therefore, no doubt in your mind that the word of God spoken of here, which Peter calls incorruptible seed, is the Logos; and the Logos in its truest meaning is none other than Christ, the creator of all. “In the beginning was the Logos (word),” said John, “and the Logos (word) was with God, and the Logos was God.” This, my brother, this, my sister, this, oh believer, is the seed that is placed in your heart when you are begotten of Him or when you are born again. And this, oh child of God, is the beginning of the new man, the beginning of the new creation, the birth of the new creation, the hidden man of the heart. This is the very starting point and commencement of your eternal sonship in Him.
How completely shoddy is the error that would encourage men to seek for sonship! You need not seek it, my brother. You need not seek it my sister. It has been implanted in you by the overshadowing glory and power of the Holy Spirit. Sonship is begun. It actually began when you were born of the Spirit. The more, therefore, you will allow your old nature to be a partaker of the cross the more place there will be for the growth and maturity of the new man, the Logos, the Christ in you. This is the hope of glory. I think we now know better than before what Paul meant when in his exultation he declared. “… though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” 2 Cor. 4:16. Then continuing the grand exultation in verses 17 and 18, he added this truth: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen: for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” The things seen and visible are the things that concern the old you, your former sinful self, but the things which are unseen are the things which concern the glory of that new life which is forming, even the Logos, the new creature, the Christ in you the hope of glory.
There is no story in all the Bible more familiar to our hearts that the story of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ which, according to the inspired account given by the beloved physician Luke, reads thus: “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin expoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shall conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call His name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: Therefore also the holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God … for with God nothing is impossible.” Luke 1:26-35, 37
We have said above that the parallel between the natural birth and the spiritual birth should not be made too close or exacting, but whereas this account is the inspired story of the incarnation that is the birth of Jesus Christ as a man and in the form of flesh, it therefore has a natural element about it; yet, because it is a virgin birth and is completely independent of any human father whatsoever, it is therefore a sign of our own sonship in Him. The heart of the young virgin must have bounded for joy at the message that God’s Son Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah, would be born through her, but her understanding of how God could accomplish such a wonderful thing in her virginity was as dark and limited as is our understanding as we search lo know how that promised hope of sonship can ever be realized or accomplished in us. We long for sonship, ’tis true. Our hearts ache to be able lo say, “It is no more I but Christ that liveth in me”, but how this intrinsic glory is to be accomplished we seem never to grasp. In our ignorance and blindness we grope about trying to do all manner of things in the futile hope that by our mighty works we will prove ourselves sons of God; but all in vain. Oh, what ignorance some men leach – that through miracles and spiritual gifts we shall attain to sonship in Him!
Truth can only be found when we diligently inquire of Him. Thus it was that, when the young virgin heard the glad news that God’s Son should be born of her, she inquired with all sincerity, “How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?” To this the angel answered, “The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35. Child of God, can you not plainly see that it was the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit that implanted the Christ seed in the womb of the Virgin Mary that she by divine conception might bring forth the Son of God in flesh and blood? Does it then seem strange in the least or impossible lo you who look for sonship in Him to hear that the same Holy Spirit who overshadowed the virgin long ago, placing in her womb the Christ seed that He might be born of flesh and blood, should now again in this the end of the age overshadow you to place in your heart the incorruptible seed, the Logos, that liveth and abideth forever? But the Christ seed in you shall never be separated from you as the Christ-child was separated from the virgin. He shall live and abide forever, coming to such spiritual maturity in you that you shall say at last, “It is not I, but Christ, and the life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.” These things are indeed no preposterous myth nor have we lost our reason in the glory of them. These are words of truth and soberness. Believing, then, that the incorruptible seed of Christ, God’s Son, was sown in our hearts when we believed on Him, we have but to yield ourselves to God, gladly embracing His cross where death to self is accomplished that all that is old may die and we might live together with Him.
It is not for me to know who shall believe or disbelieve these precious truths, but let all who be of faith assuredly know that the moment your soul embraces the indisputable fact that you are born of the incorruptible seed of Christ, the Logos of God, your whole understanding of sonship will undergo a change and be enlarged and enlightened. Henceforth it is Christ in you that is the hope of glory. It is not Christ in heaven, Christ in the world, or Christ in the virgin, but, wonder of wonders, the incorruptible seed has been placed in you, there to mature into full sonship until the measure of the stature of Christ is attained.
The price which the all-wise God paid for such fullness of redemption as we have in Him was not an insignificant price of corruptible things such as silver and gold. Because our heavenly Father was preparing incorruptible things for incorruptible purposes, He therefore paid an incorruptible price. The blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God, which was shed for the redemption of the world was incorruptible blood. All other blood is corrupt and corruptible, but the blood of this Man who was born of a virgin is the blood of the Son of God of whom God spoke saying, “Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer Thy holy One to see corruption.” The blood that was shed on the cross of Calvary as a sacrifice for the whole world was presented before God in the holy of holies in heaven. There it abides in incorruption to this day, and there it ever shall be, incorruptible forevermore, better blood than that of bulls and goats, better blood than that of Abel, blood of which you and I shall all partake, blood of which the heavenly choirs shall eternally sing in chorus, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain and has redeemed us to God by His blood out of every kindred and tongue and nation.”
Thus it was that Peter, thrilling to the message God had revealed to him, wrote, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things as silver and gold from your vain conversation… but the precious blood of Christ as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world…” 1 Pet. 1:18. This is the blood that makes atonement for the soul. It is the incorruptible blood that cleanses and purifies the heart. It is at that time when the blood is applied by faith to the heart that the Holy Spirit, overshadowing your spirit, implants the incorruptible seed of Christ, the Word, and the Logos within that the spiritual gestation of sonship has begun.
In Phil 3:18 Paul speaks of certain people who are “enemies of the cross of Christ.” Immediately upon reading this, our minds conclude that it must be the sinner and the unconverted who are the enemies of the cross, but, my brother, hide not in such error, for the real enemy of the cross is the Christian who withholds himself from the cross that the old man, the old self, may be kept from death. Refusing to be identified with Christ in His cross, the old nature flourishes and the new nature is choked and restricted. Such a man is not only an enemy of the cross, but an enemy of his own sonship as well. See now how Paul places the cross and sonship together by saying, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.” Gal. 2:20. The Christ seed, the incorruptible Logos, though planted in your heart, can never grow to mature sonship without the corresponding crucifixion and death of the “I”. The “I” must be crucified that the “not I” may come to maturity. This is the hope of sonship and the only hope of glory. Therefore he who withholds the “I” from the cross is an enemy of the cross, and the Logos, though once planted within, can never come to maturity and manifestation until the “I” is crucified that Christ may flourish and mature. Therefore we who dwell in this tabernacle do groan that that which is mortal in us might be swallowed up by His life, even the incorruptible seed which was planted in us when we were born again. When this corruptible has put on incorruption and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
The Christ seed is the incorruptible seed of the word of God. Christ Himself is the new creature and the head of the new creation. God forbid, therefore, that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me and I unto the world; for in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. Let the word of Christ (the Logos, the incorruptible seed) dwell in you richly in all wisdom until the outward man is wasted away, the Christ is unveiled, and the Son is manifested in all his glory. This is the beginning of our sonship and herein lies the hope of glory.