Life begins at conception…both my physical life, and then my spiritual life at such time when I am born-again.
Life begins at conception. Human seed produced in a male has within itself the capacity to start a new life. When it is planted in the womb of a female, it has the potential to bring a new human being into existence. The seed in itself, however, lies dormant; it cannot bring forth a new life on its own. Fertilization must take place with a female ovum in order for a new life to be conceived and come into being.
My human life began at conception…at that moment of fertilization…at which time I was conceived from the human seed planted in my mother’s womb and a new genetically unique cell, a genetically distinct living organism…a human being…came into existence. Then the process of growth began. Lord God Almighty, You formed all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. My frame was not hidden from You when You wove me together in secrecy, and intricately fashioned me in utter seclusion in the depths of the womb. Your eyes saw my unformed body before I was born. You saw every day of my life, and recorded them in Your book, before I ever began to breathe. [Ps 139:13, 15-16] In the fullness of time, You brought me forth from my mother’s womb and I was born into the physical realm…a newborn baby. I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I chose you and set you apart for My Own purposes. I appointed you to participate in My work according to My intentions concerning what I have planned to do. [Triune God…Jer 1:5]
Spiritual life also begins at conception. The Divine seed of God the Father has within itself the capacity to start a new life. When it is planted in the heart of a human being, it has the potential to bring a new life into existence. The seed in itself, however, lies dormant; it cannot bring forth a new life on its own. Fertilization must take place within the heart in order for a new life to be conceived and come into being.
My spiritual life began at conception…began at fertilization…at which time it was conceived through the Power of the Holy Spirit from the Divine seed planted in my heart and fertilized by the consent of my will. At that moment of fertilization…when I made a solemn vow before God in giving myself to be the bride of Christ, receiving Jesus the Christ into my life in divine marriage, promising to honor and obey Him as both Lord over my life and Savior of my soul…a distinct and uniquely new life came into existence. I was born again, this time into the spiritual realm…born into the Kingdom of God, a child belonging to the Royal Family of God…through the regeneration wrought in me by the Holy Spirit. My spiritual birth is not a mental concept; it is as literal and real a new birth as was my physical birth. A person is born into physical life through human parents, but is born into spiritual life in the Kingdom of God through the Holy Spirit. I am a uniquely new creation; God Himself is my Father. I am no longer the same person I formerly was…my previous moral and spiritual condition has passed away. Behold, a fresh, new life has begun! [2 Cor 5:17] I who was conceived and born into God’s Family no longer deliberately, knowingly, and habitually practice sin, for God’s nature abides in me…His principle of life, the Divine sperm, remains permanently within me. I cannot carelessly, complacently, and indifferently practice sinning during the course of my everyday manner of living, because I am born into new life, a new creation…I am a born again child of God! [1 John 3:9] I know beyond the shadow of any doubt that all those born into God’s Family are thereby regenerated individuals and do not make a habitual practice of committing sin. The Son of God carefully watches over and protects me [Christ’s indwelling Divine Presence preserves me against the evil one], and the Devil cannot lay hold of me. [1 John 5:16]
Some claimed to have a special relationship with God despite their sinful conduct. They assumed that their behavior did not matter to God. These teachings are refuted in John1:5-7 and 2:1-6. To this second group of false teachers, John explained that sin was indeed very important to God. In fact, to keep sinning proves that they did not “live in God” at all: no one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him. Christians seek to remain “sinless” in God’s eyes by continually confessing sin to God and repenting of it. But they do not “continue to sin,” meaning that they do not impose upon God’s forgiveness by taking it for granted in order to keep on living as they please. When they repent of sin, they truly desire to remain free of that sin. [from The Life Application Commentary Series copyright (C) 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 by the Livingstone Corporation.]