The Biogenesis Of The Kingdom Of God -- By: J. Allen Anderson

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 085:337 (Jan 1928)
Article: The Biogenesis Of The Kingdom Of God
Author: J. Allen Anderson


The Biogenesis Of The Kingdom Of God

J. Allen Anderson

Introduction

Jesus was talking to a teacher in Israel named Nicodemus, he who first came to the light by night. In teaching this teacher Jesus made use of such statements as these: “Except a man be born anew he can not see the kingdom of God” (Jno. 3:3); “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee that ye must be born anew” (3:6, 7); “So is every one that is born of the Spirit” (3:8). He further informed Nicodemus that these statements were of earthly facts, and He implied that they should be understandable. There is some doubt whether Nicodemus agreed with Him about the understandability of these statements, but for us there is less excuse than he had for a failure to understand.

In these words Jesus was stating a scientific law that was unknown to man until centuries later, a law that was not fully recognized as such until about 1861 A. D. Even in our own day attempts have been made to disprove it, but the attempts have only established it the more securely in the minds of nearly all scientific men, and they are now more convinced than ever that all life comes only from antecedent life, so far as we have any knowledge of the universe today. Jesus was here applying this law, which we now call the law of Biogenesis, to the realm of the spiritual, to the Kingdom of God. Nicodemus, arguing from the natural to the spiritual, and basing his argument upon his limited knowledge of the natural, could not comprehend; and he questioned.

Arguing from the natural to the spiritual, when the knowledge of the natural is narrowly limited or even mistaken, too often makes it appear that the natural and the spiritual were in conflict; but the facts of natural science are never in conflict with the real teachings of spiritual

revelation. Private interpretations and misunderstandings of both natural science and revelation may lead to apparent conflict, but the facts of natural truth and the facts of revealed truth can never be in actual conflict for axiomatic reasons. Paul tells that God manifested in nature certain facts that He wished man to know. Man has failed to read, or has been slow to read, or may have misread nature, but the message is there. Paul also tells us that God made known by revelation through human messengers other facts that had hitherto been unknown. It is inconceivable that those facts God manifested in the one should ever conflict with those that He made k...

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