Northfield Yearbook

For Each New Day

August 10th

The bane of humanity is bad heredity.  We cannot get rid of it. “The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge,” say the Scriptures.  The fathers have drunk the cup of sinful pleasure, and the children have drunk the dregs.  The wondrous thing about the gospel is that it gives us a new heredity. I count that the very highest and sublimest statement of the doctrine of regeneration.  A man grafting trees saws off a limb to put in the scion.  If the limb is rotten he has to saw it off nearer to the trunk.  We were grafted in Adam, but it was discovered that the branch was rotten, and then God began at the very beginning, and grafted us into Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God.  Dr. Williams, of Boston, was asked, “How early do you think the training of a child ought to begin?” He replied instantly, “A hundred years before the child’s birth.”  When God would build up a child holy in all things he goes back to the very beginning and gives us our birth in God himself: “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”  The river of life has its sources in the very throne of God, and when we get that life we have something in us which tends to make us do well instead of doing ill. As from Adam we had this hereditary tendency to do wrong, so when we are grafted into Jesus Christ, and given the eternal life, we have that influence impelling us to holiness: “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”

–A. J. Gordon.