THE TWO COMMISSIONS
“However, the spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and then the spiritual”
(1 Corinthians 15:46 NET).
I am continually astonished that most of Christendom today spurns the very first words God spoke to man, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion . . . " God's plans and purposes for mankind cannot be fully implemented without fulfilling this first commission.
There are many who say that God is not interested so much in natural children any more, but only spiritual children. But how can God have spiritual children if there are no natural children? God has a BIG heart. He loves fruitfulness. He loves increase. He wants to fill the earth with people so He can fill eternity with people.
Reading the genealogies in the Old Testament I often notice the phrase "many sons." For example, 1 Chronicles 8:40 says: "And the sons of Ulam had MANY SONS, and sons' sons, 150." Again, in 1 Chronicles 28:5 David says: "The Lord has given me MANY SONS." We find reference to 19 sons of David in the Bible, although some Bible scholars say there could be 20 or more.
Because every theme of the Old Testament is reiterated in the New, we come to Hebrews 2:10 and read: "For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing MANY SONS UNTO GLORY, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings."
This is the vision of God’s heart from Genesis to Revelation. God begins in Genesis 1:28 with His vision to fill the earth to overflowing with many sons and daughters and then we go to the end of the Bible and read John's vision: "I beheld, and, lo, a GREAT MULTITUDE, WHICH NO MAN COULD NUMBER, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, say, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb" (Revelation 7:9-10).
Each one of this great multitude could not be around the throne of God if some mother had not opened her heart and her womb to bring them forth into the world.
Why does God want us to bring forth children? Just for the sake of doing it? No. It is all for God. It is to fill God's eternal kingdom with sons and daughters who are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Every child we bring forth into this world and lead to salvation will be part of the innumerable company and live forever and ever. This is the purpose of the first commission and the second great commission.
For too long we have listened to humanist and feminist lies to limit the number of children we have. This is not Bible doctrine. It is not Bible language. It belongs to the humanists. Why do God's people listen to humanist indoctrination rather than the living Word of God? Have we put aside the Bible for the vain ideas of man? It's time we took notice of Isaiah 2:22: "Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?"
We have the great privilege and responsibility of fulfilling the two commissions. We have a two-fold anointing. We can bring forth natural children AND spiritual children. Plus, as we lead our children in the ways of God and encourage them to speak the gospel message, our natural children will grow up to bring forth spiritual children.
The more natural children we have, the more spiritual children we can have.
All our children are serving the Lord and have taken the gospel to countries to which I have never visited. I have influenced thousands for the kingdom in this nation and countries I have never been to through my children, which would not have happened if they had not come into the world.
The more children we have, the more possibility of impacting the world for God. The less of the godly seed in the land, the less revelation of God. The more godly seed in the land, the more revelation of God--more righteousness, more influence against evil, and more preaching of the gospel.
The big question is: are we going to get in line with God's plan? Or continue the way of the world? God’s heart is not only satisfied with fruitfulness, but MORE fruitfulness. But even more. He longs for MUCH fruitfulness—in the natural and the spiritual (John 15:2, 8).
Love and blessings to you today, Nancy Campbell
“I thank you, dear Father, that You are a God of fruitfulness. You love fruitfulness in every area of our lives—in the natural and in the spiritual. Please help me to have Your heart and Your vision. Please give me a BIG HEART to embrace natural children and spiritual children. Amen.”
I want to live a life of fruitfulness in the natural and the spiritual!