Page 189 - Church of God Publications

Basic HTML Version

THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
179
edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come in the unity of the
faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect
man ..." (Eph. 4: 11-13). Just as the human fetus develops and
grows physically during the PRE-birth gestation period, so WE, af–
ter begettal by God's Spirit, develop and grow SPIRITUALLY in
PRE-birth state.
Human life
starts
with what the Bible terms "corruptible
seed" - physical male sperm. Divine life
starts
with that which is
incorruptible - the Holy Spirit of God entering the human per–
son. But as the human embryo must GROW till it becomes a fetus,
which must GROW to the point ofbeing born into the human fam–
ily,
so
the Christian in whom divine life has been started by the
gift of God's
incorruptible
Spirit must GROW toward perfection to
be born into the Goo Family. He will
then
be perfect, unable to
sin.
But - that perfection of holy righteous CHARACTER must be
developed (with God's help and the in-filling of H is Spirit during
this
human
life- the spiritual "gestation" stage).
But not only is the Church to feed the members on the Word
of God - spiritual food - but also to protect these conceived but
yet unborn children of God from spiritual harm, as the very next
verse shows: "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to
and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the
sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to
deceive ..." (Eph. 4: 14).
Then, at the time of the resurrection, we in the Church - the
spiritua1 mother - shall be DELIVERED from her, and born into -
brought forth into- the Kingdom, the Spirit-composed FAMILY
ofGod.
Sons of God NOW
Now, further: "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they
are the sons of God" (Rom. 8: 14). The unborn chi1d in his
mother's womb is the child of his father and mother, though not
yet
born - delivered from the womb. So are we, if God's Spirit
dwells in us - if we are being led by God's Spirit - chi1dren of
God. Yet, at
this time,
we are in the
gestation
state, not yet
parturi–
tion.
And only HEIRS, not inheritors!