the first seed (zera)
This is my very first post. You can call it foundational, the first seed of the blog – the zera seed.
(Research credit on “zera” to: Patricia Power at http://www.justreligion.org)
It is of utmost importance to clarify a “type” of Christianity. In the name of “Christianity” there seems to exist a variety of definitions. I will simply state my definition of Christianity; let’s establish a few things first.
My foundation is Jesus Christ. He was present in the beginning of all things; at the time of Creation.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 (King James Bible)
Sin entered the world through the first man, Adam. At the point of Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden, Adam and his descendants (his seed) knew sin. Adam’s seed carried SIN.
In our present culture, some who call themselves “Christians” will avoid the topic of SIN. However, it is foundational to Christianity. Through the Old Testament, men and women struggled with SIN. So, God introduced His plan to the world. He introduced His son, Jesus (the Christ), to the world that He loves…
Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood (full of the purity of God), and conquered death by His victorious resurrection. In the New Testament, Jesus offers a new covenant; His sacrifice represents a path that true Christians must follow – one of seeking to overcome SIN.
SIN separates people from the holiness of God. No one can ever be holy like God. However, those that truly desire to love God will obey His commands (as found in His word) and seek to turn away from SIN, which is called repentance. The message of the disciples was REPENTANCE. John the Baptist lived to preach the message of REPENTANCE.
“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, and saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 3:1-2, King James Bible).
If one truly believes in the power of what God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit seek to accomplish in and through people, then he/she will embrace REPENTANCE.
Jesus Christ became the new provisional seed (of the New Covenant) that would spring forth spiritual fruit in all those that would believe in Him.
My definition of Christianity is simple:
Abide by God’s word; believe in what God accomplished by the death and resurrection of Jesus on the cross; and seek to live a life of victory over sin. Maintain a soft heart that embraces REPENTANCE when God reveals something that does not align with His word and truth.
His kindness brings conviction to those He calls sons and daughters. His gentle conviction is a kind discipline – a way of showing His love.
Galatians 3:13-14; 16(King James Bible)
13 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us…”
14 “That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
16 “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.”
PHOTOS: Copyright by Brook Joy at missionzera.com, 2016
If you would like to begin a journey with God, begin by praying the following:
God, I realize that my sin separates me from you, as you are a Holy God. Thank you for providing your son, Jesus, to die on the cross (with pure and holy blood) to be a holy sacrifice for my sins. I seek to live a life of repentance – one that wants a heart bent towards your Holy word – to obey your word. Help me to live a life of turning away from sins – the things that your word explains as sin. Help me to become a student of the Bible. Help me to find Godly friends and mentors. Help me to seek you to find the next step on this new path of becoming a disciple. I believe Jesus died on the cross AND raised from the grave on the third day – overcoming sin and death. I invite you, God, into my heart and life. Amen.
(If you would like more information or resources, etc… on the Christian faith, please feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
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*Brook Joy writes articles on Faith, Life, Culture, and her personal journey with Health (IBD). Brook is a chocolate-loving wife & homeschooling mama (and a Christian for 20+ years)… planting and growing God’s seeds of hope at missionzera.com