Topic: Our Glorious Lineage [Sunday, December 4th]
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever (1 Peter 1:23).
The difference between the Christian and the non-Christian isn’t just in the fact that the Christian goes to church while the non-Christian doesn’t; the difference is in their nature. The Christian has a new nature, the nature of God; his spirit has been recreated to have a new life—the divine life. The Christian is born of God; His origin is in God (1 John 4:4).
It wasn’t just a mere change that took place in you when you were born again; it was an actual translation, a replacement or supplanting of the life with which you were born of your parents, with the eternal and indestructible life of God. It’s a brand new life. You no longer carry the “genes” of your earthly parents; you don’t belong in the lineage of the first Adam; you hail from Christ—the Second and Last Adam.
You’re of a chosen breed; you’re from a new lineage. 1 Peter 2:9 declares, “But ye are a chosen generation….” The word “generation” derives from the root-word “gene,” and it’s akin to the word “lineage.” A gene is the basic unit of heredity in a living organism. Genes determine the physical, mental, and other characteristics an individual inherits from his parents. Therefore, that you’re “a chosen generation” means you belong to a special lineage of “associates of the God-kind,” with divine genetic material (2 Peter 1:3-4).
You have Christ’s “DNA” in you because He’s your root; He’s your life (Colossians 3:4). Hallelujah! This means the natural human life which was terrestrial (of the earth)—that could get sick and afflicted with disease and pain—has been supplanted by the life of Christ, which is celestial and indestructible. No earthly impediments or inhibitions can work against you or destroy you, because you’re a new creation; you’re peculiar. You have the life and nature of your heavenly Father.
Precious heavenly Father, thank you for the blessings of my new life in Christ Jesus! I declare that the lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage. Health is mine! Strength is mine. Thank you for helping me discover myself in your Word, and live the victorious life in Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: || 1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith. ||
|| John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. ||
|| 1 Peter 2:9 AMP But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. ||
Daily Scripture Reading
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: 1 John 5,
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Revelation 7:1-10,
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