Engrafting into the Love, the Life and the Lineage of
Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit
Dr. Tyler Hendricks
President, True Family Values Ministry
ACLC Ministers’ Conference
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC April 17, 2001
1 Peter 1:5 states that we are "guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." We have had milk, and now it is time for some meat and potatoes.
The classic question of religion is what went wrong and how to solve it. Thus far we have addressed the problem of the individual in front of God. The paradigm is the individual. Today we will address the problem of the family in front of God. The paradigm is the family. The paradigm of the individual and of the family harmonize with and complement each other.
Let’s look at God’s Ideal of Creation viewed from the perspective of the family.
The first point that emerges is that the Creator of the universe is our Father. He is “The rock who begat you.” Jesus called God his Father. This means God feels what a father feels; He loves as a true father loves. The paradigm of the family is also a paradigm of love.
Creation began from a seed within the Father, the Word of God. John 1:1-3
There is a resemblance between the Father and His children. Genesis 1:27; “You see me, you see the Father.” John 15
God feels joy to see His children follow His commandments and practice wisdom.
Proverbs 23:24 “The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.”
But God’s ultimate joy, as our Father, is when we love each other in Him.
1 John 2:5: “But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him.”
John 15:11: Remain in my love, so that “my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.”
From the family perspective, to reach this stage of life, children pass through a period of growth, from immaturity to maturity.
While immature, they are ruled by words, commandments and laws. When mature, they are ruled by heart (love). “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” Gal 5:6
God’s first blessing to Adam and Eve when they were brother and sister was to “be fruitful,” then He gave the Commandment.
What did David mean when he described a perfect man as by “he is like a tree … which yields its fruit in season”? (Ps 1:3)
A. No evil advice.
B. No evil association.
C. He delights in truth.
D. Thinks deeply on the Law.
To be fruitful means to inherit from the root of Jesus, the true vine. John 15:5 Apart from me, you can bear no fruit.
It means to be Jesus’ lineage. You fulfill the words of the song, “He has his father’s eyes.”
A. You are capable of relating to all people. Mt 5:46
B. You are capable of sacrifice for the sake of others. Mt 5:40-42
C. You have your mind in command of your body. Mt 5:28-30
D. It means you are “perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” Mt 5:48
Being fruitful is not the final goal. It is God’s preparation for us to marry and to create children.
When it is mature, you call the tree “fruitful.” Psalms 1, Jer 17, John 15. A fruitful tree can multiply its seed. God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and then multiply. Gen 1:28
This is why he decreed, “…the two shall become one flesh.” Gen 2:24 This was repeated by Jesus (Mt 19:5-6) and Paul (Eph 5:31).
Why does God make them one flesh? Malachi answers, “Has not the Lord made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring.” Malachi 2:15
“… he was seeking godly offspring” tells us that lineage is important to God.
“The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed.” Gal 3:16 Through Abraham, God created lineage. John the Baptist “leapt in the womb” when Mary arrived. God works with the seed in the loins and fetus in the womb. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jer 1:5
The second major topic exposed by the family paradigm is the husband and wife relationship. “For your Maker is your husband… the Lord will call you back as if you were a wife deserted.” Isaiah 54:5-6
The pair system: Genesis 1: heavens and earth, light and darkness, evening and morning, water under and water above, land and seas, greater light and lesser light, male and female.
Genesis 6:19 “You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.”
God manifests His image as male and female with the goal of their reuniting in love, as one flesh.
Man is created for woman and woman for man. Between man and woman is love, for God is love.
God created Adam and Eve naked and not ashamed.
God wanted them to follow His words, like any father, because He wanted to bless them.
“If you obey my commandments, … the fruit of your womb will be blessed.” Deut 7:13, 28:1, 4
The sexual organs’ mysterious function is the source of new life, where the husband’s and wife’s blood mingle. This is the origin of lineage.
Therefore, love creates life and lineage. From that point, husband and wife become parents. At the same time, God participates as the Heavenly Father.
“What is the symbol of love of man and woman? Where is the last terminal of love? The sexual organs, for they enable a husband's and wife's bodies to unite.
“They provide a path through which mind and body can unite completely centering on love.” Father Moon, “In Search of the Origin of the Universe”
This substantiation of creative, passionate, eternal, joyful, free and responsible love is the fulfillment of the purpose of creation.
God in True Families (the four position foundation)
The final perspective from the family paradigm is that of lineage. Elizabeth proclaimed to Mary, “blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Luke 1:42). In the love of a true husband and wife, God’s love merges with the couple’s love, and God’s lineage comes forth. God’s seed (1 John 3:19) expands infinitely.
God’s love multiplies from the scope of the individual to the family, society, nation, world and cosmos.
How could God allow such a breakdown? The family paradigm is also one of freedom and responsibility.
To maintain their freedom and responsibility, and the dignity, dominion and authority as co-creators with God, God would not intervene in the fall.
If God had intervened, it would have invalidated His word because He would have been relating by heart to His children who were still immature in heart.
In the family paradigm, the fall is the fall of the family.
Adam and Eve were betrothed. In the Bible, “husband and wife” at times is used to refer to a betrothed couple (Mt 1:19, 24, Deut 22:24). We know that Adam and Eve were not yet mature because God had to give them the commandment. Had they been completely mature, they would have been one with God in heart and love and would have not needed a commandment.
God blessed Adam and Eve to be fruitful… Were they? No.
Adam and Eve’s conjugal love should have been blessed. Their children should have been the true children of God. Their lineage should have been the lineage of God.
But Adam and Eve ate the fruit and were cast out of the Garden, under the curse.
Was it a literal fruit? Literal fruit does not affect blood lineage. No one would eat a literal fruit if they knew or even suspected it would cause death. They weren’t starving; there was plenty of fruit on other trees. No parent would place a poisonous fruit within reach of children.
Jesus said that no one is defiled by something that goes into the mouth. (Mt 15:11) The fruit was not a test--no parent would punish failure in a test with death.
What was “the fruit”? Its allure was so powerful that it overcame the fear of death. Only love is powerful enough to overcome the fear of death. “Love is as strong as death.” Song of Songs 8:6 The fruit that destroyed God’s children must have had something to do with love.
Jesus spoke many things in parables and symbols. (Mt. 13:34) Examples include the rock, the stone, the lamb, the dove, the doe, fishermen of men, sheep and goats. The writer of Proverbs compares a man’s wife to a doe; it does not mean he is married to a deer.
Solomon compares eating fruit to sexual intercourse. (Song of Songs 2:3-4, 4:5, 4:16, etc.) Let’s unwrap the other elements of the fall account from this perspective. After all, symbolic fruit does not grow on literal trees. And how many arboretums have you seen containing a tree called “the tree of life”?
The Tree of Life symbolizes Adam in perfection. Proverbs 13:12, Rev. 22:14 Standing next to the Tree of Life in the center of the Garden was the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Standing next to Adam was Eve. Proverbs 4: The true wife and mother, exemplified in Proverbs, are the repository of Wisdom (Sophia). The fruit of a tree is that by which it multiplies. The fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil symbolizes Eve’s love.
The knowledge of love begins with Eve. Adam goes to Eve to find it. Genesis 2:24
God said that the day they ate the fruit, they would die…
Was the commandment eternal? No. It was a father’s word to His children while they were growing up. As He promised in Genesis 2:24, upon perfection, they were to be blessed in marriage, and…
Eat lots of fruit. Lots.
On the other hand, the serpent said they would not die.
Just to be clear, this serpent was not an animal… Animals don’t talk. Animals don’t know God’s Commandment. Animals cannot seduce people. Eve was dealing with a very intelligent being. An angel.
The “ancient serpent” was the devil, called Satan (Rev. 12:9). The “serpent” was an angel named Lucifer. Is. 14:12
Now, back to the tale: who was telling the truth? God, not Satan. John 8:44 …there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
So the day they ate, they died, because God said they did. Adam and Eve died spiritually, not physically. Spiritual death = Dwelling outside the love of God in Christ.
1 John 3:14; “Leave the dead to bury their own dead.” (Luke 9:60)
Adam died. He had the name of being alive, but he was dead. 1 Cor 15:22, Rom 5:12
John 13:34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."
John 15:12 "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." Therefore, spiritual death results from false, selfish love.
Illicit love brings death. (Proverbs 7:21-23, 27) False love means that they ate the fruit of sexual love prematurely, in violation of God’s commandment, following Satan’s words. True love means purity until God blessed them in marriage. As do all parents, God told His children not to have sex before marriage.
The root problem: Adam and Eve had premature sex, in violation of God’s Word. At the fall, were Adam and Eve mature or immature? The answer is revealed by their shame and blame.
Adam and Eve married outside the Garden, under a curse, not blessing. Because Adam and Eve fell, God could not participate in their conjugal life.
Their children were not true children of God, and their lineage was not God’s lineage. Gen 6:6 They became one body with Satan, as is expressed in Numbers 25:3 “Israel joined himself unto Baal-Poor, and the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel.” To join himself into Satan means to become one body with him, as Paul indicates in 1 Corinthians 6:15-18 “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, ‘The two will become one flesh.’”
God was sorry He made man on the earth; it grieved Him to His heart. Gen 6:6
Deuteronomy 28:15-18 If we disobey God’s word, “the fruit of your womb will be cursed.” Psalm 51:5
John 8:44 If the fall left man in Satan’s lineage, then salvation is to return to God’s lineage.
“I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:3 “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” John 13:8 This is the real meaning of rebirth. How does it happen?
This is a big point: rebirth requires new parents. Jesus and the Holy Spirit are the new parents, the True Parents. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” (2 Cor 5:17)
“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” 1 Peter 1:23
We are saved by the blood of Jesus, not by the blood of the two thieves who died to his right and left. What is the difference between Jesus’ blood and the thieves’ blood?
Jesus’ blood is God’s blood. In Jesus’ blood is the Father’s seed. 1 John 3:9
Then whose seed is in the thieves’ blood? John 8:44--Satan’s seed. Which blood do we have? We are born in sin. Even if our parents were saved as individuals, they passed Satan’s blood to us.
Here’s a tough one, but it is the unavoidable conclusion: the act of procreation, the act of love, is not saved.
Parents give us flesh and blood. Jesus came to give us his flesh—the bread of life—and his blood--the water of life. “For the bread of life is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” John 6:33
Did we receive it? No; his blood never created a physical lineage. He was a bridegroom with no bride; a father with no children. He longed to gather together Jerusalem, but they would not. Mt 23:37
This is what Satan destroyed when he entered Judas Iscariot. He could not destroy Jesus’ love, but he could destroy his physical lineage.
From this family paradigm, let us view the work of Father and Mother Moon.
“The returning Messiah, who comes as True Parents, should give rebirth through true love to humankind, whose blood lineage was defiled by the original sin. When viewed from this perspective, the International Blessing Ceremonies are not conducted simply to bring young men and women together as husbands and wives. In fact, they are holy ceremonies in which people are reborn as God’s true children through the original seed of life from God.” Father Moon, The Cosmos is My Hometown and Fatherland, a speech given in the United States Capitol building, February 2, 2000
Rebirth--engrafting-- comes through marriage. This is the significance of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. This comes only through the grace of God, not by human works.
Our goal today is to get marriage back inside the Garden.
Biblical Models of Oneness: Christ / Church, Mind / Body, Husband / Wife
By engrafting we will become one lineage with Christ. 1 Cor 12:13, Eph 5:23, 28-32
We become one with Jesus by receiving his flesh and blood. John 6:48-51: “I am the bread of life. … This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.” How?
By engrafting--becoming one flesh--which takes place biblically in one way only--by marriage. In marriage, the two become one flesh. We can be physically engrafted by standing in a bride's position to Jesus. 2 Cor 11:2--”I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.”
One lineage is established in marriage. The Bride joins the lineage of the Bridegroom. Through the blessing of marriage, the curse is lifted. We can join God’s lineage. We can be physically reborn.
To carry this out, Christ must return to us physically, not just spiritually, in a marriage event represented in Revelation by the Marriage of the Lamb. Sin began with a couple on earth. A couple on earth must restore it, and open the gates for all couples to engraft.
Jesus said, all who overcome become pillars in the temple of God, with "the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God … and my own new name" written on them.
Rev 2:26 “I will give him authority over the nations … he will rule them with an iron scepter.”
Rev 12:5 “She brought forth a male child, one who is to rule all nations with an iron scepter.” Jesus gives the iron scepter, representing Jesus' messianic authority, to the one whom he appoints on Earth (born of a woman).
Rev. 19:11-16 " … the name by which he is called is The Word of God. … From his mouth issues a sharp sword with which to smite the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron … his name inscribed, King of kings and Lord of lords."
Acts 3:21 “He will remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.”
As Jesus foretold in the marriage parables, he will restore marriage on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Heb 9:28: "Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.”
With his bride, he will bless the marriages of those waiting for him.
Rev 2:7 Jesus says “to him who overcomes” I will grant him the right to eat from the Tree of Life, which is in the paradise of God.
Rev 2:17 “I will also give him a white stone with a new name known only to him who receives it.” “Stone” is a symbol for Christ, the “living stone,” and 1 Peter 2:4 ways we all are to be “living stones.”
1 John 3:1 “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! … we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”
All who overcome and wash their robes will have the right to the Tree of Life, drinking the water of life. Rev. 22 We all can and should become true parents, small messiahs, for our family, clan and nation.
“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these…” Jn 14:12
“Set your mind on things above, not earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Col 3:2-4