My daughter is studying Biology this year, and we are in the middle of a unit on genetics. We’re learning about chromosomes and genes, and traits and heredity. And while I never had a huge love of science in school, re-learning it now—especially this—has been completely fascinating.
I’m amazed by the complexity with which God designs our bodies, down to the tiniest cell, and the ways in which we inherit traits from one parent or another. It boggles my mind, literally! So much went into God’s design for our first birth.
And yet, because of that one trait we all inherit—sin—we had to be born again.
All this science has made me even more excited about our second birth as believers. Look at First John 1:9:
“No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
His seed abides in him.
I don’t have words to explain how much this blows me away. I mean, it has always blown me away. But right now, with genetics swimming in my head….
What’s remarkable is that the Spirit of God chose these words, knowing they would be words our brains could understand.
We would understand that we cannot have God’s seed abiding in us, and not have our very identity changed.
We would understand that if His seed abides in us, we have His traits.
We can’t even sin (not habitually), the passage says, because His seed abides in us.
And as soon as our flesh gets out of the way, “when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is” (1 John 3:2).
I love that the Word, alive and active, speaks into every season of our lives. I was born again over twenty years ago, and yet, am still excited about the many facets of what that means.
This week, I was moved to do a video on “Who You Are in Christ,” hoping to encourage us all as to our great inheritance. It never gets old to survey the richness of our identity in Him. My prayer: Lord, help us to walk daily in that richness!
What word(s) in the video stuck out to you?