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