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1 Peter 1:22-23 – Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever. (NKJV)
Not long ago, a friend and I were discussing the term "born again". I mentioned how the image presented in today's Scripture has helped me personally to define this experience. I picture the Word of God as a seed, which by the power of the Holy Spirit is implanted in human hearts and germinates there, where it has the potential to grow and be nourished. Thus, a new life is born.
My friend, who is also a writer, enjoyed hearing my illustration of how the rebirth takes place. Yet, from my perspective, most things in the natural also have a supernatural counterpart. Jesus used a similar idea when He explained the parable of the sower in Luke 8:11-15. In this passage, the Lord used an earthly teaching to explain heavenly things. Kernels may fall along the path, on rocks, among thorns, or on good soil. However, only the good soil can produce a crop — that is, those who persevere in faith.
The same seed is described as "incorruptible"; therefore, it has the power to impart eternal life. Although some translations use the term "imperishable", I am partial to "incorruptible" since it also denotes the idea of holy living. But before newborn babes in Christ can live a pure life, they need to be fed the Word of God — first the milk of the Word, then solid food. This means that we, as Christians, must be willing to spend time studying the Scriptures so that we can grow spiritually. In that way, the Holy Spirit will enable us to apply God's truth to our lives.
So the question is: what are we doing to develop our spiritual nature? Consider these incorruptible words of Jesus:
John 6:63 – The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and they are life. (NIV)
Notice the close connection between words, Spirit, and life. These terms have been woven together throughout this entire devotional. In conclusion, receiving Christ's words will make us each a new creation. His Spirit will cause us to grow, producing an abundance of fruit. The power of His divine life working in us will make the impossible possible. Hence, we are born again into the kingdom of God.
Prayer: Lord, You have created life where no life is possible. We thank You that those who believe in Your name are born again. May Your salvation flourish in our lives by the authority of Your incorruptible Word. Fill us to overflowing with Your Spirit that together, we may produce a bountiful harvest worthy of Your majesty's kingdom. In Jesus' holy name, we pray. Amen.
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Lovely, Lori. Thanks for sharing.
HE leads our step day by day. Amen.
Lori great to hear from you. True words spoken.
Thank you. Pray all your readers have a ‘teachable’ moment!
Thanks for the wonderful challenge Lori. Keep up the good work.
This is so true. The plans God has for us are different from ours. Amen.
Thank you Lori, your words are a blessing, very encouraging and insightful.
Thanks for a good analogy today Lori.
Thanks Lori for this encouraging Word.
PS: praying for you and Lou. Blessings.
Wow, great devotional.
Praise be to our FATHER & HIS SON. Praise be to what THEY give us.
Lori: This is the best devotional!! I love everything you write. Thanks, thanks,
Thank you Lori for born of God for life eternal here and now.
To the procedure to grow by the grace of God we truly give thanks and praise.
The Lord bless you and your husband with all His blessings!
I loved your use of the word, incorruptible. This says that the seed that has been planted in us can never die. Hallelujah!
Thank you for his solid explanation. Would that many will take hold and become members of the “Family of God” after reading this devotional.
Your word picture of the new birth matches the meaning of the Greek word “gennao” translated “born again”– “have a new conception or be sired a new way” by the will of God.
Thanks for writing to us!