I think congratulations are in order. You’re pregnant! Yes, it’s true. The fact that you’re pregnant is life changing news indeed, but there is much more to it than you may think. Understanding what I am about to share with you here will absolutely change the course of your life. There will be some practical application to what I am going to share with you as well. What am I talking about? That’s a great question. Let me explain…
Recently, an itenerant Christian worker came and visited a group that I am a part of in the city where I live. He conducted a two day meeting with all of us. It was an intense two day meeting to say the least. In the New Testament, we have numerous examples of itinerant apostolic workers (like Paul, Barnabas & Timothy, etc…) going to a city or region for an extended period of time to share the glorious mystery of the person of Jesus Christ to a group of people. It is this mystery of Christ that serves as the foundation for New Testament churches.
This glorious presentation of the person of Christ (gospel) is quite profound and is not typically what we hear today. Most of the people in the group I am a part of have come from a religious background, have attended services most of their lives, have listened to countless sermons, have served as clergy in religious institutions, and have read the Bible most of their lives as well. Simply put, we all have been inoculated with little bits of the good news, but little did we know there is much more to the good news (gospel). The consistent comment that most in the group made after hearing this two day message about the person of Christ was something like this:
Although everything that was said about Christ is central to the scriptures, I have never seen Christ like this, and I have never heard this message before.
That was certainly my sentiment as well. The more that I hear about this glorious and mysterious Christ (including His body), the more I realize just how small my view of Christ has actually been. As my vision of Christ is enlarging, I have become aware of a stunning reality. This message about the all encompassing Christ & His Bride is continually being ‘preached’ to us in everything that God has made.
God literally has a one track mind.
He is consumed with His Son, and He continually speaks of His Son at all times in all things. When He speaks of His Son, He is also speaking of us because we have forever been baptized into the Son’s very own body! (1 Cor. 12:12-13)
As I am slowly being awaked to the beauty of Christ, I am beginning to see Him everywhere. Yes, I have known that the scriptures say that the created world reveals the divine nature of God (Romans 1:20), but I never knew how literal that was until now. I am realizing that in the created world around us, the pictures of Him, His Bride, and the New covenant are endless. Today, I’d like to tell you about one such picture of Christ & the New Covenant that I have recently become aware of…
Has it occurred to you that God could have designed reproduction and birth to occur in a variety of ways, yet He chose human pregnancy on purpose? I am convinced that the Lord is preaching the gospel to us, as well as declaring our present reality to us every time we see or encounter pregnancy. Let me explain:
The Infusion Of New Life
I am not a medical doctor, but the more I realize about the physical nature of pregnancy, the more I see the message of the New Covenant in it. Obviously, in order for pregnancy to occur, a seed of life must be placed by another deep inside of us. When a woman becomes physically pregnant, there have been studies that have shown that traces of the baby’s own DNA can actually be found in the mother’s blood stream! She literally carries the blue print for the baby’s life in her own body.
Wow, can you see the spiritual implications here?
First, the scriptures tell us that in Christ, we have received the seed of life from another. Just like in human pregnancy, the seed that impregnates us does not originate from us, but from another. This seed has been placed deep down in the depths of our being. Consider what Peter the apostle tells us:
for you have been born again not of the seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. (1 Peter 1:23)
Peter goes on to tell us in the verses that follow that the seed we have received is different from fleshly seed. Fleshly seed has a short life span. In human physical pregnancy, the life that results will eventually die. The seed that Peter is talking about, however, is eternal because the seed comes from the Word of God, who is a living person! Scripture says that this Word of God is Christ Himself (John 1:14). He is the one who is preached. He (the person of Christ) is the eternal Word of God, and He is life. Christ gives us His seed, and like human seed that produces pregnancy, this seed from Christ is living and produces life. Christ is the seed giver, and Christ is the seed Himself!
This divine & eternal life (Christ Himself who is the very fullness of God) has been placed deep within us and is why scripture says we are now the very temple of God. This seed of life has forever changed our being as this seed has literally ended our old nature and has given us a new nature. We are now carriers of His DNA, so to speak. Our old nature has passed away (past tense), and the new has come. We are now physical carriers of life.
We are literally PREGNANT with the one who is the very hope of glory!
Because God created physical pregnancy the way He did, we can understand the glorious work of the gospel. Really, I’m not making this up. To study this further, read and meditate on what Paul says in Colossians 1:26-27 & 2 Cor. 5:16-17.
What do we do now?
There is a great need today to KNOW we are pregnant. Many people in the religious system have no idea that they are pregnant. As a result, they live like they are not pregnant. This obviously causes lots of problems. Spiritually speaking, failure to KNOW that you are pregnant will cause you to live like you did before you were pregnant. Let me explain…
Before you were pregnant, you were on your own. There was just you. You approached life independently by your own life, wisdom, and strength. There was no other ‘life’ inside of you, so you just thought about yourself and what ‘YOU’ needed to ‘DO’ to live and please God. In the Old Testament, the people of God (the Jews) approached God this way. They knew about God. They knew His requirements and commandments. Many tried their best to ‘DO’ what God required them to do.
The problem was, God never intended His people to live by their own life. He never intended us to ‘DO’ anything. Our flesh has no ability to please God and be obedient. That’s why there was a better covenant needed. In the Old Testament, the people of God did not yet have access to divine life because the mystery of Christ was still hidden. In Christ, however, there is an entirely better covenant and ministry unveiled. The mystery of Christ is not just revealed anywhere, however. This mystery is unveiled IN US! (See Hebrews 8:6-13, Colossians 1:26-27).
Simply knowing this will change many things. It is not something we ‘do’, rather it is something we ‘know’. Please don’t make the mistake of assuming that most Christians know this. This truth is still a mystery to the majority that claim to be in Christ even though this is an elementary truth of the gospel. People might give intellectual assent to this truth, but not really ’know’ this truth deep in our spirit. We need to truly ‘KNOW’ that we are pregnant. I have heard that when a woman realizes she has another life growing inside of her body, it automatically affects what she does. Her natural maternal instincts automatically kick in and value the new life inside. She begins to be constantly aware of the presence of this new life inside of her at all times.
As she nurtures this life inside of her, things that might endanger the life growing inside are avoided. It is not a matter of her will or discipline, rather a matter of her desire to nurture and protect that which is infinitely valuable inside of her. She knows that her decisions are not just about her anymore, but she makes decisions with the health and development of the new life inside of her in mind. Her desires & cravings begin to change because she actually begins to crave and desire what the baby inside of her needs and craves. Her desires and the baby’s desires become one and the same!
I think you get the picture. The only thing that could interfere with this process is if the woman believes the lie that the life inside of her is not infinitely valuable, or if she does not know she is pregnant. There is actually a T.V. show today that is entirely about women who did not know they were pregnant until the day they gave birth! The thing these women consistently say is how they wished they knew they were pregnant ahead of time because they desired to nurture the health of that baby from the beginning of their pregnancy.
Much of what is taught in institutional Christianity today comes from an Old Testament prospective. Instead of being taught to live life with the knowledge and awareness of this new life living inside of us, we are taught to simply ‘do’ more, or to ‘be’ more obedient. I have news for you. The life and person of Jesus Christ living inside of you does NOT need to ‘do’ more, or ‘be’ more obedient. Jesus Christ is fine the way He is. He is perfect.
The life inside of you is not disobedient to the two greatest commandments, He loves God and people just fine.
The life inside of you does not struggle with bitterness, He forgives people just fine.
The life inside of you does not struggle with lust, He sees people accurately.
The life inside of you does not struggle with fear, He is the perfect love that casts out all fear.
The life inside of you does not love the world’s religious or economic system, He already hates it.
The life inside of you does not struggle with wanting justice, He already loves and fights for the oppressed.
The life inside of you is not sectarian or racist, He already loves all the nations.
I could go on, but hopefully you get the picture. God is not interested in improving upon or reforming our fleshly lives, rather He has impregnated us with another life altogether. Since we are pregnant with this eternal life, wouldn’t it be great if we could live by this life now? I have good news for you…
Simply KNOWING we are pregnant will go a long way toward that end. Don’t believe me? Try it and you’ll see what I’m talking about. After all, I speak from experience. I’m pregnant.