Summary: God created us and saved us with the certain expectation that we will reproduced spiritual children. How well are we doing in this area? Check to find out!
God’s First Command to Man:
“So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Go Forth And Multiply…Again!
“Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands… As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.”
Healthy Humans Multiply!
When children are born, parents have a certain expectation that they will grow and one day have children of their own.
We usually don’t worry too much about whether they will, we just expect they will.
It was a normal expectation that God had of Adam and Eve, and all of mankind…be fruitful and multiply…
Sometimes humans do not multiply…
Sometimes there are diseases, birth-defects, or barrenness.
Sometimes there is not a marriage where humans do not come together.
Some humans have simply not matured enough to multiply, they are too young.
Jesus’ Last Command to Man:
Go Forth And Multiply!
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” -Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus is the First and the Last!
“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. -Revelation 22:12-13
Jesus’ First and Last Command to Man was to be fruitful and multiply. How important do you think it is?
Healthy Christians Multiply:
Some humans don’t reproduce because they are diseased, born with defects, or barren.
Christians don’t reproduce because they are diseased spiritually. How you might ask?
Effects of Sin…
“You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” -Exodus 20:5-6
“So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God. For when we were controlled by the sinful nature, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death.” -Romans 7:4-5
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”