“And now, Gentlemen, you may easily apprehend, how and why a God, in whose holy Deity no Spark of Wrath or Partiality can possibly arise, but who is from Eternity to Eternity only flowing forth in Love, Goodness, and Blessing to every Thing capable of it, could yet say of the Children, before they were born, or had done either Good or Evil, ‘Jacob have I loved, and Esau have I hated. It is because Esau signifies the earthly, bestial Nature, that came from Sin; and Jacob signifies the incorruptible Seed of the Word that is to overcome Esau and change his Mortal into Immortality” (William Law).
“When man fell, the paradise of all heavenly knowledge withdrew, and Wisdom was in grief, until God gave the promise of the seed of the woman” (Jacob Boehme).
What many and great misunderstandings have been circulating in the church concerning God’s election. This is, however, a fairly easy matter to resolve when we understand that God’s election doesn’t pertain to persons, but concerns the two seeds that are in every man; one seed that produces thistles and thorns and the other producing Christ. God loves the latter, but hates the first – the one implanted in man at the Fall.
The incorruptible seed of the Word is through Jesus Christ’s suffering and death again given the opportunity to germinate and sprout after have been lying dormant in man ever since Adam partook of the wrong tree. This seed is called to life whenever someone turns to Christ. From this we easily infer that the corruptible seed is the old Adam, whereas the incorruptible seed is the New Adam born in the soul. Christ must be born in the soul, Meister Eckhart insisted. Only God can do such a thing.
The scriptures make this statement: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor 15:22). The reason for this is that the incorruptible seed now can be brought to life by faith. Its dormancy is past history and it has the potential to germinate whenever a person desires and accepts the true light. The seed is no longer sleeping. It is stirring and moving in every man just waiting for the opportunity to bring forth the life that was lost in Adam. “This Holy Spark of the Divine Nature within Him, has a natural, strong and almost infinite Tendency, or Reaching after that eternal Light and Spirit of God, from whence it came forth” (William Law).
Boehme said about faith: “And when in this way it finds itself, it finds itself in God, and works with God; not in acting according to Reason, whatever the latter will have, but in God, whatever God’s Spirit will have.” Therefore, “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit” (Matt 7:18) We do not judge the fruit or the tree by reason. It can solely be judged by faith. When we do, we see Christ. Can Christ bring forth evil fruit?
If any of us had been contemporaries with Esau and Jacob we would most likely have said that Esau was the good one whereas Jacob was the evil one since Jacob tricked his brother. In all of his ways Jacob was very human displaying every human weakness. Nevertheless, he was a vessel of honor. Reason cannot apprehend such a thing, only the single eye of faith.
God has already pronounced his judgment upon the corruptible seed: “Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field” (Gen 3:18). “But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned (Hebr 6:8).
Every person in whom the corruptible seed is crushed by the Bruiser of the serpent and in whom the incorruptible seed is awakened God recognizes and welcomes as His own. This seed can only produce grapes and figs (Matt 7:16). About every such person God proclaims: “Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.” God said: “Jacob have I loved” and if Christ is awakened to life in you, you are Jacob.
It should now be sufficiently proven that all we ever are is from spiritual properties, viz., seed, since our workings can merely demonstrate of which seed we are. We can be nothing but what the seed is and what we have from it. All we ever do or are will be in strict accordance with the substance of which seed that has grown up in us, because we are one with the seed. We are the seed! If the seed is Christ we are Him!
In the instant the seed germinates it can only and nothing but become what it is. An apple seed can nothing but become an apple tree. From the moment it has received what it needs to spring to life it is an apple tree, no matter if it is just a green stalk barely above the ground or a full grown tree. Now, if we are to be wholly precise; when we speak about green stalks and full grown trees let it be understood that we speak about awareness. It is the consciousness that grows to full knowledge about what it is.
It is by no way so that in the beginning we are a little bit of Christ and the rest is ourselves alone, and then as the tree grows Christ becomes bigger in us. Not at all! We are Him from the moment the seed is brought to life, no less, no more.
It should also be equally clear now that every man is elected because of the incorruptible seed that is in him, hence it is written that God desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. However, not all men respond in faith to that they are elected and therefore remain in the simile of Esau all their lives.