WORLD GOSPEL KINGDOM TRACTS
Unlocking the Mystery of Human Life
John 12:23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 12:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 12:25 He who loves his soul-life loses it; and he who hates his soul-life in this world shall keep it unto eternal life. 12:27 Now is My soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save Me out of this hour. But for this reason I have come to this hour. 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself. 12:33 But He said this signifying by what kind of death He was about to die. 19:34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.
One of the most mysterious yet wonderful phenomena on this earth is the multiplication and reproduction of humanity. Human reproduction is very significant in this world for it produces generations of unending genealogies. All married couples desire to reproduce themselves to procreate more generations. Although God gave man the unique ability to reproduce himself, the greatest reproduction in the universe is the Divine Reproduction!
For Jesus as the Son of Man to be glorified was for Him to be resurrected, that is, to have His divine element, His divine life, released from within the shell of His humanity to produce many believers in resurrection (1 Peter 1:3). Just as a grain of wheat has its life element released when it falls into the ground and grows up out of the ground to bear much fruit, that is, to bring forth many grains, His divine element produced the many sons of God in resurrection. This is the Divine Reproduction!
When the Son’s divine element was released and manifested through His death and resurrection, the Father’s divine life was released and manifested. Thus, the Father was glorified in the Son’s glorification through His death and resurrection. The death and resurrection of the Lord glorified God the Father because His death and resurrection released God’s divine element from within Him. God’s divine element was confined in His flesh, just as the life element of a grain of wheat is confined within its shell. How is the life element of a grain glorified? The grain has to die so that the life element within it can be manifested and glorified. It is the same with God’s divine element!
In chapter twelve of John the Lord’s death is revealed not as the redeeming death, but as the life-producing, generating death. According to this chapter, by His death the Lord had His incarnation shell broken that He might accomplish three purposes: (1) the producing of the many grains, the drawing of all men to Himself (John 12:24, 32); (2) the releasing of the divine element, the eternal life (John 12:23, 28); (3) the eternal purpose of God, life-imparting (John 4:14; John 19:34).
The death of the grain of wheat has nothing to do with sin. The death of the grain of wheat is a life-releasing death. The Lord came into the world to fall into the ground and die as a grain of wheat that He might produce many grains for the Church to come into being. The Lord, as a grain of wheat falling into the ground, lost His soul-life through death that He might release His eternal life in resurrection to the “many grains.” This is the Divine Reproduction!
In the first aspect, the Lord’s death was a falling into the ground as revealed in John 12:24; and was a lifting up on the Cross (John 12:32; 1 Peter 2:24). To “fall into the ground” as a grain of wheat was to produce the many grains; to be “lifted up” on the Cross as the Son of Man was to draw all men to Himself. The many grains produced by His falling into the ground are the “all men” drawn by His being lifted up on the Cross.
The second aspect of the Lord’s death is the life-releasing, life-propagating, life-multiplying death, the generating and reproducing death. When the Lord Jesus said that He was a grain of wheat falling into the ground to die that many grains might be produced (John 12:24), He was referring to the life-imparting aspect of His death. The dying of this grain of wheat was not for redemption; it was absolutely for imparting into the many grains the life that was in the original grain. On the negative side, Christ’s death removed our sins; on the positive side, it imparted the divine life into us. If we believe in Him today, our sins are removed by His redemptive death, and eternal life is imparted into us by His life-imparting death. This life-imparting death is also the life-releasing, life-propagating, and life-multiplying death. It is the generating and reproducing death! Are you willing to believe into Him that your sins might be removed and receive His eternal life imparted into you?
Consider a grain of wheat. Its life is confined within the grain. Each of the grains is impregnated with life, and the life within each grain is derived from the one grain. By death, the life in the grain is released. Likewise, by His death on the Cross, Christ’s divine life was released. Hence, His death was the life-releasing death. Since His divine life was not only released out of Him but also imparted into us, His death was the life-imparting death! On His side, it was the life-releasing death; on our side, it is the life-imparting death. Moreover, it is the life-propagating death, for by it life is spread in many directions. Furthermore, it is the life-multiplying death, causing the multiplication of life. It is also the life-reproducing death, for the one grain has been reproduced in the many grains. This is the Divine Reproduction!
Now we come to the third aspect. The life-imparting aspect of the Lord’s death is even more wonderful than the redemptive aspect. Redemption is excellent, marvelous, and wonderful, and it seems that nothing can surpass it. But life-imparting exceeds redemption! But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water (John 19:34). Water is for the imparting of life (John 4:14; Revelation 22:1). The blood was for the purchase of the Church, whereas the water, signifying the eternal life, was for the producing of the Church. God’s eternal purpose is that the imparting of life follows redemption. Redemption is for this, preparing the way for us to receive the divine life. The water must follow the blood. We need to see that the blood signifies the redemptive aspect of Christ’s death and that the water signifies the life-imparting aspect. Are you willing for Christ to impart Himself into you by His life-imparting death?
The eternal purpose of God is to impart Himself into us as life—this is the main aspect. But we have committed sin. Hence, redemption is necessary as a temporary procedure. But this is not the main aspect. From eternity past to eternity future, God’s intention is to impart Himself into us as life! During the process of time, we became fallen and committed sin. The fall brought about a gap in God’s eternal purpose. God bridged this gap and filled it in with redemption, but it’s not the goal. Thus, the main point regarding the Lord’s death in John’s record is that it released life and imparted it into us! Do you believe this? Are you willing to receive His divine life imparted into you that you may have life and live because of Him?
You can receive His divine life imparted into you and live because of Him by praying this simple prayer:
Yes, Lord Jesus, I believe this. I believe that You, as the grain of wheat fell into the ground and died that Your life-releasing death may produce the many grains, the many sons of God. I believe that by Your death on the Cross, You were also lifted up to draw all men to Yourself. Lord, draw me! I also believe that by Your life-imparting death, Your divine life can be imparted into me. I confess that I am a sinner. I need Your redemptive blood to cleanse me. I need You to forgive me of my sins. Please forgive all my sins and unrighteousnesses that I may receive Your life, Your eternal life. Dear Lord, impart Yourself as life into me that I may have Your life and live because of You. Right now I receive Your life that I may become the many sons of God! Thank You Lord! Amen!
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DEATH OF CHRIST
Let us walk becomingly as in the day; not in reveling and drunkenness, not in fornication and licentiousness, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts.
Romans 13:13, 14