The incorruptible seed is Christ Himself, the ever living Word of God. Christians are born again—not figuratively, but factually. Being born again is not a decision nor a realization. The new birth is the invasion of a new existence. A God existence. It is a radical act of God. A begetting of God.
Christ was born not only TO the world, but all new WITHIN those who are touched from Above, captured by the Word. Christ Jesus implanted into His own creation the seed of His holy being, making us a new creation: humanity living by, through and from the indwelling divinity of Christ Himself.
The new creation has a new nature. His! That is the mystery now “manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27 NASB). Again, in the next chapter of Colossians, Paul recounts the struggle for his followers to know this glorious indwelling of Christ, this mystery that He lives within, and will live out His very life instead of ours.
…that they may come to have all the abounding wealth and blessings of assured conviction of understanding, and that they may become progressively more intimately acquainted with and may know more definitely and accurately and thoroughly that mystic secret of God, [which is] Christ (the Anointed One).
Col. 2:2 AMP
The mystery of Christ within is still secret and unknown to most who call His name. He has “begotten us again unto a living hope.” He is born again into the world, INTO every child of God who is begotten from Above.
But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name—Who owe their birth neither to bloods nor to the will of the flesh [that of physical impulse] nor to the will of man [that of a natural father], but to God. [They are born of God!]
John 1:12-13 AMP
Jesus was born to this dark place in an obscure hole of a stable, in the barren hills of Bethlehem. And He is still being born…again and again, bringing “many sons” to God.
The shepherds could not have guessed such a marvel. The wise kings worshiped and beheld the Mystery but did not know the “secret.” Mary never dreamed, as “Mystery” lay in the manger, that she too must receive Him and be indwelt by Him through God. Mother she was in Bethlehem, but new creation she was not…yet…
None understood that He was first of many. Firstborn, first fruits, bearing sons for God.
For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through suffering. For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren…
Hebrew 2:10-11 NKJV
We celebrate the birth of the Savior. Let us celebrate the new birth of Christ within our spirit and rejoice over Him who is Our Actual Brother, come to dwell and live permanently, resting satisfied in the manger of our heart!
Copyright © 2003 Martha Kilpatrick