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Series 2 - Lesson 2 - Annotation 14

Series 2 - Lesson 2 - Annotation 14

How are we begotten by the Word?

14. We understand "the Word" (John 1:1) to be the activity of God in every man; God's creative power; the divine essence that is immanent in every living creation, including man. Since the Word is the begetting, creating, generating factor in all creation — the impulse of life seeking expression and fulfillment — man was "begotten by the Word" when God "breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being" (Gen. 2:7). The Authorized Version reads, "and man became a living soul."

There is also a "begetting by the Word" in the individual consciousness of every man. We read in I Peter 1:2: "You have been born anew, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God." This is a quickening and rebirth into spiritual consciousness when one becomes keenly cognizant of the qualities (attributes or ideas) of God within him.

Realization of the inherent creative capacities of life, love, wisdom, power, and faith, and giving expression to these capacities in experience, represent a "begetting by the Word."

Preceding Entry: Why did many of the Jews not recognize Jesus as the Son of God?
Following Entry: How do we manifest Christ?