Articles

THE SEED AND WHAT IT WILL PRODUCE

At the time of creation, God set the natural laws into existence. This included the law of procreation, each species of life having the ability to reproduce after its own kind. The scripture reveals that, “…God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:11-12). What was true of plant life was also true of all other species of life. All other types of life were fully developed with the ability to reproduce its own kind, including humans (Genesis 1:20-28). Each species of life did not come from any other specie of life. Therefore, this rules out the unfounded theory of evolution. Since all mankind are of one blood, this proves that the entire human race has a common heritage (Acts 17:26). Humans are not even the same kind of flesh as that of other species of life. The inspired Word informs us of this fact in the following words: “All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds” (I Cor. 15:39).

This same principle of seed reproducing after its kind in the physical realm is also true in the spiritual realm. When a person obeys the gospel of Christ, that individual is born into the spiritual kingdom of the Lord (John 3:5; Rom. 6:17-18). The inspired Word of God is the seed in this process. The Apostle Peter reveals this truth as follows: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (I Peter 1:23). This same truth is taught at James 1:18. Also, in the parable of the sower, we learn that the seed of the kingdom is the Word of God (Luke 8:11). Since the spiritual kingdom is the church, if we use the same seed that produced the church in the first century, then we will get the same results. There will not be a single denomination produced or substantiated by the pure seed of the inspired Word. It takes something other than, or in addition to the New Testament to produce a particular denomination. The doctrine of men, whether those doctrines are in the form of catechisms, church manuals, prayer books, or informally upheld, are vain (Matt. 15:9).

If a clay bowl filled with wheat grain were found in a Pyramid of Egypt being at least 2,000 years old, what would those grains be capable of producing if the germ of life remained within them? We know that those grains of wheat would not produce watermelons, cucumbers, or any other kind of grain than wheat. In the spiritual realm, this same principle is just as valid. Those individuals who go past the creeds of men and their preconceived concepts to the pure and unadulterated Word of God found in the New Testament can learn how to become a Christian and how to live in harmony with the principles found therein. To do less or more than that religiously is to produce a denomination, not the New Testament church.

 

Copyright © 2003 by Pritchett Church of Christ. All rights reserved.