Every seed has an image on the inside of it. If we nurture the seed, it breaks out of its shell, pressing upwards towards being a fruitful mature stalk. As the seed we can say, “We have not attained it,” but we press on towards heaven regardless.
On the inside of you is the very image of Jesus. When you die to yourself life breaks through the shell of your earthly desires replacing them with yearnings for heaven, forgetting what lies behind, and reaching forward to the fruit-bearing season.
In DNA we see this picture of a seed’s image in cell life. Within the DNA is a blueprint, a computer program, or as scientists call it: genetics, not realized and unfulfilled. Through proper care of the seed it fulfills its design. If it is a fruit tree, the image will say, “Sprout forth out of the shell, break through the ground, and reach towards the heavens.” The image or genes inside the seed will transfer that genetic code throughout the entire tree, filling it with life. The culmination is fruit to be partaken; and let us not forget, the tree will produce more seed for future fruit bearing trees. Wow!
Mankind has a DNA image as well. Unraveling the DNA was important to scientists because they believe it is “the secret of life.” We will unravel the DNA in a different way, with a spiritual meaning.
The DNA we possess came from those who gave birth to us, and even the world refers to it as the origin of life. DNA determines your physical design, what the scripture calls the natural man. Your unique DNA is responsible for your physical and soulish design, some of which came from your parents. With proper care, that design is apprehended; it becomes a reality. When you read the book of Romans, keep this in mind.
ROMANS 5:17–19 – For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made
All men are born with defective DNA. They are designed to produce one thing: death, spiritually and eventually physically. Jesus interrupted this cycle of death, exchanging our DNA with His DNA. Think about that one statement. Through faith in Jesus we no longer possess the spiritual DNA that destines us to habitual sin, receiving eternal death. Wow!
Please watch how the Lord designed this awesome picture of His ways within our own bodies at its very origin. This cycle of life has one thing making it work successfully—binding. In fact, the biological process is comprised of separation and unity, of loosing and binding, of division and joining. All of these cycles must occur within your body to produce life. Sound familiar? To live, you must die. To save your life, you must lose it.
Though we cannot go into the exact science of DNA, let us look at a simplified analogy of the life within DNA. Picture your DNA as two long rails of a ladder; all the rungs in the center of the ladder connect these two rails. In the DNA strand, one rail of the ladder spirals downward while the other rail of the ladder spirals upward, twisted as a spiral staircase in a light-house. Do you have those two rails of the ladder pictured in your mind? Good.
Each rung of the ladder consists of two elements; there are four types of elements total. Therefore, we could say, the first rung has elements one and two and the second rung has elements three and four. To review, we have two rails joined by rungs, and each rung has two different elements (an element on each side of the rung), with four total elements. It takes two elements to bind a rung to the ladder. Stop until you can picture it.
This is a very important spiritual lesson that we must see. Every rung has a strong bond element (think of super glue) on one rail and a weak bond element (think of white glue) on the other rail. Though the rungs are equal in width, to connect the rails they are unequal in strength. Why is this? To produce more life these rungs must break that they might replicate into exact reproductions. What we see in this quick science lesson is the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We will now set the stage for cell division: the parent DNA ladder partially unzips, splitting into two separated rails. In the laboratory, this is done through immense heat. We are now left with a parental strand that is split as the letter Y. Now we are ready to bind, to join. Each separated rail replicates and joins with a brand new rail. Twins are born, one for the left rail and one for the right rail. Scientists view this as a parent-child relationship. Make note: The child strands are identical to the parent!
So, what does the DNA strand look like now? Part of the original strand was never unzipped; it remains the same. But the part of the strand that was unzipped is now split into two rails, as the letter Y. Finally, a new creation is born and immediately binds to the separated rail with a new single rail. In this Y picture, the left side has a new rail created and bound, and the right side has a new rail created and bound. However, they are not equal, for one is called leading, and the other is called lagging.
ROMANS 8:29 – For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many
In the original parent DNA, we can see God the Father (one rail), God the Son (the other rail), and God the Holy Spirit (the four elements). Relationship is the rung! Relationship joins the rails together, Father and Son, with Holy Spirit glue on each end. Jesus has a perfect relationship with the Father comprising a perfect ladder; yet, there was a day at the cross where the Son temporarily separated from the Father, in part. Jesus died that we may live; He was separated that we might be joined, but today He is connected to the Father without any separation.
Even as our Parent DNA ladder splits down the mid-dle, the Lamb Who takes away the sins of the world was split down the middle. The result is replication. The rails were split but now join with brand new rails, the church, Jew and Greek, a new creation.
The DNA rungs are the vehicles used to transfer genetic encoding. The only way to receive life, the only way to connect to the other rail of the ladder, is through the Spirit in relationship. Through prayer and surrender of our will, to Him as Lord and Friend, we become born again; we connect through the rung to the other side and to the other Rail—our Father God. At the moment we are born from above, we receive genetic code that destines us to become a mature Christian.
We, as new creations, are identical to our God spiritually. We have an exchange through life-filled relationship with God, ending in an exact copy of the Parent. When you walk in the Light as He is in the Light, God sees you as God. Certainly you are not God, but spiritually God sees Himself as He looks at you. When God sees us, it is as He is looking in a mirror. The Father sees our sin no more; instead He sees His Son and the Life of the Spirit in us.
An excerpt from “Temple Builders: The High Calling”
John Robert Lucas