An important principle is revealed in the very first chapter of the word of God. In fact, it is probably the most important principle in the whole Bible. I call this the ‘fecundate principle’. The word fecund means fruitful or prolific. Fecundate therefore expresses something that is made to be fruitful or prolific. Prolific is defined as “producing young or fruit abundantly’; it is further defined as being “marked by abundant inventiveness or productivity”.
Over and over as God reveals the process of creation to Moses, we find a recurring idea or concept stated. The ‘fecundate principle’ essentially tells us that ‘the seed of everything is in itself, to bring forth after it’s own kind”. This is the reason for God’s opposition to our being unequally yoked with together with unbelievers. It is the reason for laws such as is stated in Leviticus 19:19: Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woolen come upon thee. When two different kinds mix it cannot produce either kind. Mix a horse and a donkey you get a mule. A mule is non-fecundate. It has no seed, and so, cannot reproduce itself.
E. Stanley Jones, in his book The Reconstruction Of The Church - On What Pattern states:
“In the person of Jesus Christ the Church holds within itself a motive and a power that does produce changed character. So Jesus is the center of worth and hope of the Church. We have this treasure in an earthen vessel. Don’t point to the earthen vessel—it’s cracks, its worn out inscriptions, it’s outworn shape, it’s unmodern appearance, but rather look at what it holds. It holds the person of Jesus Christ. As long as it holds Him, it holds the most precious, the most potent, and the most present value that this universe holds, barring none. I say “present” for Jesus Christ is the Great Contemporary, and the Great Future. Everything and every person who departs from Him dies, and everything that comes to Him and obeys Him is resurrected, reconstructed, redirected, redeemed, and revitalized.. Again, no exception.”
Included in this issue of the Chronicle is an article on ‘Communicating Your Faith’. Communicating our Faith is how we produce. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."
The seed of everything is in itself to bring forth after it’s own kind. If we mix our seed with the seed of the world we will produce hybrid Christians that cannot comprehend the holiness of God. If the seed that is within us is Jesus Christ through His Word then what we produce in the spirit will indeed be prolific, and God will be glorified in us.
Because of Calvary!
Bishop Jonathan B. Franklin