BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY
Why should we be fruitful? And what does it really mean?
Understanding that the God-ordained way for man is to be fruitful and multiplying in the Spirit :
Because it has always been the God-ordained purpose for man that they dwell with Him (Jn 14:1-4). And how? By filling it.
Right from the beginning because man failed to fulfill this purpose of God, they fail to understand that the way they multiply is in the manner of the beasts. And so they continue with their unions or marriages as they call it,and like the beasts even though they multiply they continue to perish: “…….. he is like the beasts that perish.” (Ps 49:12b).
He fails to understand that when he fell from grace in Eden, he fell in every manner. Most importantly in their surpassing calling which had initially set them above all the beasts and livestock of the earth, the birds of the air and the creatures of all water-bodies of the earth (Gen 1:26, 28)!
So that, while it was possible to become fruitful and multiply in the God-ordained or “blessed” manner in Eden they had failed to do so.
Why blessed? Because what came after the fall is the “cursed” manner, the beastly manner (Gen 3:16). The Spirit’s way is the blessed manner. This is why Mary’s holy conception deemed her blessed (Lk 1:28 & 48).
Instead, by inviting death through his disobedience (Gen 2:15-17, Gen 3:17-19), forget fruitfulness, forget multiplying, ‘man’ had in effect ended up losing themselves as well. So that they could neither enter heaven nor fill it!
For, having fallen from Grace, which is the Word of God that was entrusted to him he failed to guard himself in the Spirit and ended up breaking faith with his wife. Ref Mal 2:15. Under the circumstances it became impossible for them to live in the Spirit and bear fruits and multiply in the Spirit.
Yet, unrepentant, the male continued to remain alienated in the Spirit. Thus overlooking the blessed calling of the female which proclaimed the end of the enemy (Gen 3:15), he very surreptitiously took advantage of the curse that befell her (Gen 3:16) and subjected her to his rule so that since then they began to multiply in the cursed manner i.e. in the flesh – JUST LIKE THE BEASTS!
This is the reason even among the so-called godly, marriages or sexual unions will continue till the very end, just as Jesus prophesied (Matt 24:37-39). Because men at large remain foolhardy thanks to their waywardness. They continue unrepentant and unyielding to the Spirit, even those that outwardly pretend otherwise.
And this is precisely the reason why it was declared since of long with regard to the holy Bride of the Lamb, the true children of God, whose Husband is the Lord God Almighty, eg. Jer 3:14a, “Return, faithless people,” declares the Lord, “for I am your Husband.”
For true fruitfulness among mankind can only come about by the work of the Spirit and the Word (Jn 3:5-7). It is the fruitfulness not of the ‘born’ of the flesh but of the ‘BORN AGAIN’ of the Spirit.
Who can tell where the Spirit is moving and gathering those His own before the Appointed Time (Jn 3:8)? This is why it is written, “’Sing, O barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband’ says the Lord.” (Isa 54:1).
May those who understand, understand and take heed. Finally, here’s a parable that sheds true spiritual insight. Refer Lk 14:15-23, “……….. ‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’ Then the master told his servants, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be FULL. I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’ “