The seed is the Word of God (Luke 8:11). 

It makes no difference how long that seed has been stored. Even if it was preserved from a crop a thousand years ago, wherever and whenever it is finally planted, regardless of who sows it, it will produce nothing but the original fruit. 

God made it a law of nature that the earth would bring forth “the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind” (Genesis 1:11). This principle is also true in the spiritual realm. If there had not been a church of God upon the earth following the New Testament order for the last nineteen hundred years, but God’s Word had survived, when people read, understood, and obeyed it, it would make of them exactly what it made on that memorable Pentecost. It would replicate the original—the same church as in the beginning. 

This is what the church of Christ seeks to do in every generation. 

“Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls.’” Jeremiah 6:16

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