Today I came across the term “clonal organism” as I was studying the Norway Pine (described in the book “The Harbinger”). I’ve known about these ever since I was a kid and would drive past the clear-cuts that would occur regularly in the National Forest that surrounded my home. The first trees that would appear would be poplars and they would grow up like 8′ blades of grass and almost as thick. I came to find out later on that the reason this would happen is because they were actually shoots that had grown from the roots of cut poplar trees. They were “clones” with identical DNA and as it turns out some of them may have dated back to the continental ice sheet that covered that part of Michigan.
Pando, is said to be the largest living organism on our planet. It is a forest of Quaking Aspen that is growing in south-central Utah and is estimated to weigh over 6000 tons and covers over 100 acres. (Incidentally Pando is Latin for “I spread”).
I find it interesting to think about this forest we see on the picture at the right. A person may come up to this forest and identify it as that. If this was residential property instead of a National Park a surveyor might come in and mark lots off on this land and people would probably build fences, clear yards, build houses and put in pools (like we are apt to do). The people living there might come to classify individual stands as “their trees” and make a distinction between the tree’s in their neighbors yard and those in their own. My forest and “his” forest. It can be easy for us to organize things like that, but what of the reality of the situation?
The reality is that all of that division and organization and distinction doesn’t for one moment cause the organism to cease. That organism will still probably be there even generations after the neighborhood came to sprout up over it. It may even survive the neighborhood or see a reorganization of that neighborhood several times. Besides pruning a few shoots here and there or changing the pattern in which the roots get watered their might be very little affect to the organism by the organization that humans impress upon it.
In my opinion, the same holds true for Jesus Christ and the organism that He is the foundation of:
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
If we are a part of Him we take on His nature; we are conformed into the very image of Christ (as if we were sharing His nature, His DNA so to speak).
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
He was the first tree, but if we are grafted into His roots we will sprout up as saplings in His shadow. If we are found in Him no other organizational system or distinction between those saplings will diminish the fact that they share the likeness, the nature of their older brother Jesus Christ.
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Christ is that promised seed, He was planted in death and came up in newness of life. Christ is Abraham’s seed.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
As far as being heirs according to the promise there is only one Biblical requirement, that we be Christ’s, that He be in us according to the Holy Spirit. After that any distinctions or organizations of man are vanity. We are either children of promise or we are not. We either have faith like Abraham or not and if we do we are heirs, joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.
Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Jesus has removed all of the man-made partitions, He’s tearing down all of the “spite” fences in our hearts once we come under His Lordship. The visible (manifest) trunk on the farthest extent of His great tree is just as much a part of Him as the trunk at the other extreme edge. The one at the center (the one that is “nigh”) is as much as a part as the one that is “afar off”. By faith we are made partakers of His nature and citizens (having a “commonwealth”) in His Kingdom.