"THE 42nd. GENERATION"

By L. Campbell Evans

     "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." 1Cor. 2:9-14

     "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his."  Romans 8:5-9

One of the greatest failures of people in our day, as was the problem in the days when Jesus was upon the earth, was scripture interpretation.  We must come to the place where we understand that the natural mind will not understand the things of God and to approach scripture strictly from a natural fundamental interpretation is to bring for the letter and miss the Spirit of the Word.  Paul was emphatic when he stated, "Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." 2Cor. 3:6  To find out who we really are and who Christ is IN us, we must approach the Word with a heavenly mindset.  We must call upon the one who will lead and guide us into all truth, because it is the TRUTH that MAKES US FREE!  So, is there a 42nd generation and if so, WHO IS IT if it is not Jesus!

Matthew 1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

According to Mattew in the 17th verse, the total generations (14+14+14) would be 42.  But when we count the generations down through Jesus, there are only 41!  As we read the first sixteen verses of the book of Matthew we find that David was the 14th generation, from David to the Babylonian captivity made Jeconias the 28th generation and from Jeconias to Joseph (husband of Mary) was another 12 generations making Joseph the 40th generation. This makes Jesus, according to the generations of law, the 41st generation so where is the 42nd generation?  There seems to be a missing generation, or is there?  Note that the scripture says UNTO CHRIST!  The answer is that there is only to be one generation since Jesus and it is a nation of sons that have been coming forth since the resurrection of Christ! They are the CHRIST generation, those who are born of the Spirit of the Living God. It is an eternal generation born of the Holy Spirit of the LIVING GOD!  It is the generation of THE CHRIST! The Psalmist declared a 'seed' that would be accounted for a generation!

     "A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this. Psalm 22:30-31

In this verse of scripture, the word 'Seed' is the same as 'a generation'!  Therefore we see that it is the SEED of Jesus Christ that shall declare His Generation in the earth.  But who is the SEED OF CHRIST?  If we look to a natural lineage, then we would have to say that the generations stopped in relationship to fathers and mothers bringing forth children.  We know that Man has always based descendency and generations according to the natural seed, but when God was incarnate in the flesh, He took no wife nor did He leave behind any natural children. According to the culture of man, Jesus was an utter failure because He didn't leave any seed (natural born sons) behind.  It was very important in that day for all men to have a first-born son for inheritance.  It was to the first-born that blessing and inheritance was passed.

"He was taken from prison and from judgment: and WHO SHALL DECLARE HIS GENERATION? for He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was He stricken. And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him, He hath put Him to grief, when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, HE SHALL SEE HIS SEED, HE SHALL PROLONG HIS DAYS, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand."  Isa 53:8-10

This prophecy is called the Messianic prophecy. Jesus was cut off from the land of the living and yet the scripture declares that HIS SEED shall prolong His days!  How is this possible for the term 'PROLONG HIS DAYS' literally meant that His life would be reproduced in His generations!  If we go back to the book of Genesis there is a key that will help us to begin to understand the progeny of the Spirit.  Remember in Genesis the 3rd chapter, that God declared to the serpent "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel" (Gen. 3:15).  It would be the seed of the WOMAN, not the seed of man, that would bruise the head of the enemy and bring reconciliation to man.  And then we find in Matthew 1:18 "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost"!  Although Joseph was the father of Jesus in the world, he was not the progenitor of Jesus.  Jesus did not come through the seed of Joseph!  He was of the seed of Mary, a child of the Holy Ghost!  He was born of the Spirit!  The ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD! 

Now, let's continue to track the seed.  "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ" (Gal. 3:16).  Now Abraham had many descendants, but the scripture declares that the promises were only made to HIS SEED, which WAS CHRIST!  So the promises were made only to ONE SEED…..CHRIST!  Then the scriptures go on to say, "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Gal. 3:29).  We see here that the seed of Abraham are those who belong to (ARE ONE WITH) Christ! 

Jesus was fully God and he was fully man.  He was the FIRST BEGOTTEN from above and the first born of many brethren.  He came to bring an end to the natural lineage of the first man ADAM.  He was bringing forth a new creation in the earth, but not of the earth!  This was a generation that would be BORN AGAIN!  Isaiah declared Jesus to be THE EVERLASTING FATHER!  And as a Father, he would bring forth SONS!

     "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace".  Isaiah 9:6

He is called the everlasting Father because of the generation that would come forth out of Him by the Spirit through the finished work of the cross!  When the spear went into the side of Jesus, blood and water poured out of him and fell upon the earth.  In the finality of death, heaven and earth came together as one and brought forth a NEW SEED, A NEW CREATION, A SEED THAT WOULD DECLARE HIS GENERATIONS!  Out of His side (the womb of man) came the NEW WOMAN, THE CHURCH!  His seed was established upon the earth for an inheritance for eternity! 

"That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." John 3:6-8.

As stated in the New Birth series, the word 'born' means "to be begotten, procreated" and 'again' means "from above"!  So truly, as we come to Christ, the old creation passes away and behold all things are made new!  We are a new creation, descendants of God, THE 42nd GENERATION! And we see from the scripture that the sons of God are all numbered, "He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names" (Psalm 147:4).   So we see that there is a set number!

     "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:" 1Peter 2:9

     There is a generation of people chosen of God in Christ to be the royal priesthood and holy nation in the earth. This generation once wandered in the darkness but now live in His light (SHEKINAH GLORY).  They are a people of understanding, a people of purpose, a people of destiny.  They have made their calling and election sure and they are ready for the culmination of all things.  We are the sovereign election of the Father before the foundation of the world.

"Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion."  Isaiah 8:18
 
Note the word CHILDREN!  Did you know that you are a sign and a wonder?  Why?  Because your lineage is of the Spirit and you are the children, the descendants of the Lord!  WE ARE MOUNT ZION – PEOPLE OF GOD!  WE ARE THE NEW JERUSALEM – THE LAMBS WIFE – THE CITY OF THE LIVING GOD!  We are the body of Christ, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all (Eph. 1:22-23).  Just as Jesus was the express image of the Father in the earth, so we are the express image of Jesus in the earth!  A NEW GENERATION is in the earth born not of natural man!  But we are a heavenly people born of an INCORRUPTIBLE SEED!  We are the PROGENY OF GOD THE SON, THE WORD WHO BECAME FLESH AND DWELT AMONG US!

"And He said unto me, It is done. I AM ALPHA AND OMEGA, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. HE THAT OVERCOMETH shall inherit all things; and I will be HIS GOD, and HE SHALL BE MY SON."  Rev. 21:6-7