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Seed is that from which anything springs; original; first cause. It also signifies descendants, generation, race. Everything comes from the seed. Everything’s seed is in itself, and everything brings forth after its kind. In the creation God commanded the earth to bring forth grass, {all flesh is as grass,} the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind. He also commanded the waters to bring forth the moving creature which hath life. And the waters brought forth abundantly, the living creatures after their kind. He also said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind; and it was so.”

Thus we see that at the command of God everything brings forth after his kind. How beautifully true do all things remain to the law of creation! In what exact harmony do they fulfill the command of the great God, in multiplying and bringing forth after his kind! God created Adam, and in him was given the seed of natural life, the source and origin of all mankind. In him they had their life, their name, and their identification. In him also were created all the passions and propensities of nature. And he was commanded to be fruitful and multiply. So the human race today are only Adam multiplied. But by Adam sin entered the world, and death by sin. How did sin originate? It came from the seed. For lust, when it hath conceived, bringeth forth sin. Hence lust is the seed of sin. Now, when Eve was beguiled, before she could conceive lust, {according to the law of conception,} there must be in her nature a similar seed, otherwise she would have proved barren, and no sin would have been brought forth.

But it was God’s purpose that sin should enter the world, and death by sin. He never would have said to Adam, “Thou shalt surely die,” except the seed of sin and death had been in him. God created all seed, the seed of sin and evil not excepted. How else could he be the Creator of heaven and earth and all that in them is? He forms the light and creates darkness; he makes peace and creates evil. Isa.45:7. These things are according to his purpose. How else could all things work together for good? - Rom.8:28. How else could he be God, and beside him none else? The seed of sin brought forth the transgression according to God’s purpose, both of grace and creation. It was according to his purpose of grace, because Christ stood as a lamb slain. It was according to his purpose of creation, for “there was not a man to till the ground.” Since “by one man sin entered the world, and death by sin, and so death {or separation} passed upon all men, for that all have sinned;” {Rom.5:12,} we must forever remain in that condition, without salvation by grace. For the man {Adam, and his seed in him} was driven from the garden of Eden to prevent him from putting forth his hand and taking of the tree of life, and eating, and living forever. “Being alienated from the life of God,} {Eph.4:18,} “without Christ,” “having no hope, and without God in the world.” Eph.2:12. Every imagination of the thoughts of our hearts is only evil continually. Gen.6:5. All our thoughts, all our desires, all our emotions, imaginations, unbelief, and all the works of the flesh, {see Galatians 5:19,} spring from the seed of sin, and are necessarily wicked. We are born of the flesh, and are flesh. John 3:6. And “they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” Rom.8:8. Neither can flesh and blood inherit the kingdom of God. I Cor.15:50. We are a corrupt tree, that cannot bring forth good fruit, {Matt.7:18,} and are by nature the children of wrath, even as others. Eph.2:3. We are indeed a seed of evil doers. Isa.1:4. But God, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses and in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ. Eph.2:4,5.

Here we see a manifestation of salvation. This salvation and all things that accompany it must come from the seed. The kingdom of God is like a seed. “The seed of a woman” {Gen.3:15} brings forth salvation. Christ is the seed of eternal life, and from him all our salvation springs and flows. As our natural life with its attendant evils was given us in Adam, so our eternal life and all its spiritual blessings were given us in Christ. As we are brought into manifestation, children of the flesh by a fleshly birth, originating from the seed of the flesh, so we are manifested as the sons of God by a birth of the Spirit, or of the seed of Christ. So that which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. It is this seed, or spiritual life, that brings forth repentance. It also brings forth faith, without which it is impossible to please God. It is the tree of life, which brings forth all the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Gal.5:22,23. It is the good tree, which cannot bring forth evil fruit. Matt.7:18.

Salvation not only springs from a seed, but is only for a seed. The promises are only to a seed. “Unto Abraham and his seed were the promises made.” Gal.3:16. “Unto thy seed will I give this land.” Gen.12:7. “All the land that thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever.” Gen.13:15. The promise was made to Abraham and his seed, and embraces all the offspring of that seed as children of the promise. “Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.” Gal.4:28. “For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.” And the covenant of this promise made to this seed cannot be disannulled by the law; for the Scripture says, “the covenant, that was confirmed before God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.” Gal.3:17. So the promise is sure to all the seed. Rom.4:16. This promise secures the blessing of the same seed. “Surely blessing I will bless thee.” Heb.6:14. “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” Gen.22:18. “All that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed.” Isa.61:9. Neither is this seed to labor in vain, nor bring forth trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them. Isa.65:23. Not only is this seed blessed, but it is chosen; for the blessings came according to the choice. For God hath blessed us according as he hath chosen us in Christ before the foundation of the world. Eph.1:3,4. “Ye are a chosen generation,” or seed.

If further proof is wanted of the choice of the seed, it may be found in this, “And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed.” Deut.4:37. Also, “Only the Lord had a delight in thy fathers, to love them, and he chose their seed.” This choice is to salvation, and is from the beginning; for “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation.” II Thess.2:13. Not only is the seed blessed and chosen, but it is redeemed. “Fear not, O Jacob; I have redeemed thee.” “When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed.” “He shall see the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied.” Isa.53:10,11. This brings us to unconditional election, because it was made in the seed before the foundation of the world. And to particular redemption, because he hath redeemed us out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation. Rev.5:9. Now that the seed is chosen and redeemed, it must be gathered. “I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west.” Isaiah 43:5. God gathers his children, because he redeemed them. This gathering is limited by the redemption; and as all men are not gathered, all cannot be redeemed.

God’s covenant is also established with this seed. “I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.” Gen.17:7. And this is the covenant that is established with them, “I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts; and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people; and they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord; for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.” Heb.8:10,11. This seed is redeemed, gathered, and brought into the bond of the covenant; but it must be blessed with all spiritual blessings. Our Saviour said to his disciples, “Seek, and ye shall find.” This seeking of God is by the same seed. “I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain.” Isa.45:19. It is this seed that seeks and finds, that knocks and it is opened unto them. It is this seed that seeks the Lord with all the heart, and that while he may be found. Seeking is one of the spiritual blessings with which this seed was blessed in Christ. The pouring out of the Spirit is to be upon this seed. “I will pour my Spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring.” Isa.44:3. So the pouring out of the Spirit upon the day of Pentecost was the fulfillment of God’s word to this seed. So also at the house of Cornelius. This seed also has God’s words in its mouth. “My words which I have put in thy mouth shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and forever.” Isa.59:21. This is his covenant with them. God is also served by this seed. “A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.” Psalm 22:30. This seed shall also be justified in the Lord, for it is written, “In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified.” Isa.45:25. This, then, is the seed that is freely justified by Christ from all things from which it could not be justified by the law of Moses. This is the seed that is washed, sanctified and justified in the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. I Cor.6:11.

Now, through this seed we can look back from justification to our calling. “For whom he did predestinate, them he also called.” We can look forward to the glorifying. “For whom he justified, them he also glorified.” And to the final resurrection and adoption of all the seed, for adoption is the end of predestination.

Thus it is clear that the children of God and all their blessings come from a seed, and that seed is Christ. “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.”

Yours in hope.
Newfoundland, Ky., Aug.15, 1883.