Like Begats Like – Why We Must Be Born Again


Gen 1:11  And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

Gen 1:12  And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.


In God’s universe like begets like.  Herbs yield herbs.  Fruit trees yield fruit trees. Horses give birth to other horses.  Sinners begat sinners.  As natural descendents of Adam, we are born into sin and death. 

In Adam all die…1 Cor. 15:21-22


1 Cor 15:21  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

1 Cor 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.


Jer 13:23  Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.


John 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

John 3:7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.


Adam’s race is born into death.  We sin because that is the nature we inherited from our father Adam. We die and return to the earth because that is the curse we inherit from Adam[1].  We cannot change our spots.  This is why we must be born again.    


The scriptures never say Christ was born into death.  They say he was born under the law, and they say he was tempted in all points like as we are, but they never say he was born into death.  The significance of the virgin birth is that Christ was not born into the death of Adam’s race.

Born into a body of this death…Romans 7:14-25


Paul traced his sin problem to his flesh, which he called a body of death.  He hoped for the redemption of his body, which he knew would come to him through Christ Jesus.  Christ redeems our bodies by giving us a body fashioned like unto His own in the resurrection[2].


Rom 7:14  For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

Rom 7:15  For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

Rom 7:16  If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

Rom 7:17  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Rom 7:18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

Rom 7:19  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Rom 7:20  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Rom 7:21  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

Rom 7:22  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

Rom 7:23  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

Rom 7:24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Rom 7:25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

In sin did my mother conceive me…Psalm 51:5


Psa 51:5  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.


This verse is talking about how we are born into sin.  It is just as much a part of the characteristics we inherit from our parents as having arms and legs. 


It is common for those who seek to support the belief that Christ is the union of God’s Spirit and Mary’s flesh to try and distinguish between the role of the man and the woman in passing along the sin nature.  In affect they try to say that the sin nature is passed through the man and not the woman.  Not only is their biology unsound, they cannot support this line of reasoning from the scriptures. The sin nature is carried and passed through all members of Adam’s race, male and female alike.  In Psalm 51:5 David makes mention of the mother specifically.

Corruptible flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God…1 Cor. 15:20-54


Our earthly bodies cannot inherit the kingdom of God because they are corrupt and corruption cannot inherit incorruption.  If we were allowed to carry these bodies with us to heaven we would forever be in a sinful state.  With the redemption of our body, which is when we receive a body like that of the Son of God, we put on an incorruptible body like that of our Savior[3].


1 Cor 15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

1 Cor 15:51  Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

1 Cor 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

1 Cor 15:53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

1 Cor 15:54  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

Born of God’s incorruptible seed…1 Peter 1:22-23


1 Pet 1:23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.


John 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.


Understanding that in God’s universe like begets like helps us understand why we must be born again.  We are like Adam because we are born of his seed.  We must be born of God’s incorruptible Seed in order to be like Him.  Christ did not have to be born again because He was born of God from the Beginning[4].





Adams race is born into a body of death.  This corruptible flesh is why we sin and in it we will die.  All of Adam’s descendents inherit this curse and pass it to the next generation.  A woman’s flesh is no different than a man’s, we inherit the sin nature and a body of death from our parents when as the Psalmist said, we are conceived in sin.   We can no more change this than a leopard can change his spots. 


The scriptures say that the Son of God came by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, not of this building.  They say He was holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.  That’s what the scriptures say. 


If we believe Christ took His flesh from Mary, then it follows that we must believe He inherited the sin nature because in God’s universe, like begets like.


Let the scriptures speak.

[1] Genesis 3:19

[2] Philippians 3:21, see Because of the Resurrection Bodies We Hope For.

[3] Philippians 3:21

[4] See Because He Is the Firstborn of Every Creature.


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