THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
by Herbert W. Armstrong
This is the eye-opening story of the real gospel message of Jesus
Christ -- of how this missing dimension was withheld, and the whole
It's positively astounding! It has remained undiscovered by
science! No religion has revealed it! Higher education has never
taught it! Is it possible the whole world has been
deceived -- regarding the awesome purpose of human life -- about the
WAY to world peace and how it will come? And could it be true
that the real gospel message Christ brought from heaven revealed
this missing dimension -- but was suppressed? This is the
eye -- opening story of the real gospel message of Jesus Christ -- of
how this missing dimension was withheld, and the whole world
Table of Contents
..... CHRIST'S GOSPEL WAS SUPPRESSED -- NOT HEARD FROM THE FIRST CENTURY UNTIL
..... THE STARTLING REVELATION OF WHAT WAS CHRIST'S GOSPEL
..... THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL AT LAST REVEALED
..... PRE-EXISTENCE BEFORE THE MATERIAL UNIVERSE
..... WHAT LED TO THE CREATION OF
..... HOW GOD PLANNED TO REPRODUCE HIMSELF
..... BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN HUMAN MAN AND THE ULTIMATE SPIRIT -- COMPOSED
SONS OF GOD
..... WHY TODAY'S WORLD EVILS?
..... WHY THE CHURCH?
..... JUST WHAT DO YOU MEAN -- CONVERSION?
..... HUMAN NATURE -- AND HOW A WHOLE WORLD IS DECEIVED ABOUT ITS ORIGIN
..... IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH?
..... WORLD PEACE -- HOW IT WILL COME
THE STARTLING REVELATION OF WHAT WAS CHRIST'S GOSPEL
We have seen how the most important of all knowledge, sent by the
Creator of all races, was suppressed and another "gospel" foisted
on a very deceived and unknowing world. The world heard
thereafter about the messenger, but not the message He brought.
The time has come when that awesome message must be revealed to
What, Then, Is the True Gospel?
The true gospel is the good news that God sent from heaven by
Jesus Christ. That message, when fully understood, reveals a
human potential so stupendous it appears at first to be totally
beyond belief! It is incredibly wonderful news revealed from the
It reveals the most wonderful TRUTH a human mind could come
It reveals what I term the MISSING DIMENSION IN
KNOWLEDGE -- the most necessary knowledge so vital to know!
That vital message reveals why humanity was put here on
earth. That's vital knowledge science cannot discover, religion
has not revealed, education cannot teach.
Why? Were we put here for a PURPOSE? What is that purpose?
Is there, after all, purpose and meaning to human life? A
purpose and meaning suppressed from human dissemination? That's
vital knowledge OUTSIDE the scope of today's science, religion,
The Missing Dimension In Knowledge
If there is purpose, what is it? Why were you born?
Where are we going? What is the ultimate transcendent
potential of man? What is the way? How do we achieve that
What is the way to peace -- among nations, between
individuals, and between groups?
Why all this world's evils? Why can't we solve our human
problems? There IS A WAY, and the true gospel reveals it! It's a
basic law that works by inexorable and relentless force.
What is human nature? Did God create and instill it in
humans to trouble us? Is it hereditary? How does it work? Neither
modern science, religion, nor education can tell you.
What is the human mind, and how does it differ from the
animal brain? Why, when the human mind can invent the computer
and can learn to send men to the moon and back, can't such minds
solve their own problems here on earth and live at peace with
What is man? Just what are we, after all? Science can't
learn that secret, religions have never rightly explained it, but
the true gospel, when fully understood, reveals the answer, and
What are the true values? What is important, and what is
insignificant or of no value? Humanity dissipates its energy
pursuing false values -- spends its labor and its thinking in
pursuits that are valueless and prove useless when achieved.
The true gospel, when fully understood, explains the origin
of the Devil. Did God create a Devil to mislead and harass
humanity? The gospel explains how Satan came to be the
great -- though invisible and hidden -- POWER that sways invisibly
and actually rules this world. It explains why Satan moved with
all his wiles and subtileness to suppress, through humans he
could sway, this vital gospel message which God sent by Jesus
Christ to mankind.
Remember this: The true gospel message, had humanity heeded
it, would have saved this world nearly all its anguish, troubles,
suffering, and evils.
It is impossible for me, in a few words, to make it clear
enough with sufficient emphasis to cause the reader to comprehend
the supreme, tremendous meaning and importance of that true
And even today, when heard, it is seldom really understood
in all its colossal significance because Satan has thrown up such
a smokescreen of false and counterfeit religions, "gospels," and
teachings that the hearer or reader is left confused in doubt and
unbelief -- or in a state of indifference to the most important
things in life.
Nevertheless, now just before the END of this age, Almighty
God has decreed that "this gospel of the kingdom shall be
preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and
then shall the end come" (Matt. 24:14). This is the message the
Eternal God is delivering now, by His end-time apostle, to the
heads of governments in world capitals all over the world.
The true gospel, when viewed with all that it embodies -- the
reason for it, the prehistoric truth of earth's first
inhabitants, the reason humans were created and put on earth, the
CAUSE of all the earth's evils and sufferings, the nature of the
human mind, the need for spiritual salvation and what it is, the
coming world tomorrow of peace, what lies on beyond, and man's
ultimate incredible potential -- becomes the most all-encompassing
subject that can enter the mind of man. Beside it, everything
else shrinks to total unimportance. It is greater than any story
of man ever written before.
What Was Christ's Gospel?
God the Father had promised to send a messenger into the world
from heaven, bearing a message from Him for all mankind. This
promise is recorded in Malachi 3:1: "Behold, I will send my
messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me [and that
messenger, as explained in Mark 1:2, was John the Baptist and the
Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the
messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in." The "Lord," here,
of course, refers to Jesus Christ.
That was the prophecy. The record of its happening is in the
first chapter Of Mark: "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus
Christ, the Son of God." Then follows the account of John the
Baptist preparing the way before Him. Verses 12 and 13 record the
temptation of Jesus by Satan, wherein Satan sought to destroy
Christ spiritually, before He proclaimed a word of the message He
brought from God the Father. More about this supreme temptation
and test later. Then follow verses 14 and 15:
"Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into
Galilee, preaching the gospel ..." What gospel? "... the
gospel of the kingdom of God ...." That is the gospel Christ
proclaimed. The message He brought was the message about the
Kingdom of God.
That is the message God wanted proclaimed AS A WITNESS to
all nations! But since the first century the world has known
NOTHING of the Kingdom of God because that message was not
proclaimed to the world after the first century.
That message, when explained and fully understood, covers a
very wide range of revealed knowledge. It reveals -- I repeat -- what
science has been utterly UNABLE to discover, what religion has
never revealed, what this world's education has never known nor
Note These Points
There are a number of points to be noted which are significant.
One is, that in Malachi's prophecy, Christ was called a
messenger bearing a message -- but moreover, He is called the
"messenger of the covenant," which carries very important
meaning, to be explained later.
Again, notice the fifteenth verse of Mark 1. Jesus came into
Galilee "preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God" and saying,
"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent
ye, and believe the gospel."
What did He mean, "The time is fulfilled"? And why was the
Kingdom of God then "at hand," when it had not been before that
These points are of prime significance.
But first, before I explain more fully just what the Kingdom
of God is, notice further that this definitely is the very gospel
message Christ brought from God the Father -- the same gospel the
original apostles proclaimed -- the same gospel the apostle Paul
proclaimed to the Gentiles.
Christ Brought No Other Gospel
Jesus said, "I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities
also: for therefore am I sent" (Luke 4:43).
Jesus commissioned His disciples to teach the Kingdom of
God. "Then he called the twelve disciples together, and ... he
sent them to preach the kingdom of God ..." (Luke 9:1-2).
"But when they believed Philip preaching the things
concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they
were baptized, both men and women" (Acts 8:12).
"And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their
synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom ..." (Matt.
Jesus' parables concerned the Kingdom of God.
To His disciples, in explaining the parable of the sower, He
said: "Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of
God" and then He explained to them the parable.
Again, "Then said he [Jesus], Unto what is the kingdom of
God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it?" (Luke 13:18) -- and
then came a parable.
"And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of
God? It is like leaven ..." -- and then follows the parable of
the leaven (Luke 13:20-21).
One of His most important parables is recorded in the
nineteenth chapter of Luke: "... he added and spake a parable,
because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that
the kingdom of God should immediately appear (Luke 19:11). Then
He gave the parable of the noble man going to a far country to
receive for himself a kingdom and to return -- the picture of
Christ's ascension to heaven, where the coronation ceremony shall
take place, and His return to earth to rule all nations, as King
of kings and Lord of lords, in all the supreme power and glory of
the great God.
What gospel did the apostles and Paul proclaim?
Did Apostles and Paul Preach a Different Gospel?
After Christ's resurrection, the disciples were with Him forty
days. Were they talking among themselves about any other gospel
during that time than the Kingdom of God? Notice, just before
Jesus ascended into heaven. Luke had previously recorded what
Jesus had done and said "until the day in which he was taken up,
after that he through the Holy [Spirit] had given commandments
unto the apostles whom he had chosen: to whom also he showed
himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being
seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to
the kingdom of God ..." (Acts 1:2-3).
Notice after His resurrection Christ was speaking to His
disciples about "the things pertaining to the kingdom of God."
They, then, just before He ascended into heaven, asked him:
"Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to
Israel?" (Acts 1:6.) The apostles seemed never to understand that
the Kingdom of God was not to be set up on earth in their
lifetime, even though Jesus' teaching -- especially the parable of
the pounds (Luke 19, quoted above) -- should have made it clear to
After two years, from the inception of the Church of God on
the day of Pentecost, A.D. 31, the counterfeit movement set in,
headed by Simon the Sorcerer. The historic book of Acts records:
"And at that time there was a great persecution against the
church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad
throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
preaching the word." What word? Continue:
"Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria ... but when
they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom
of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized" (Acts
The apostle Paul spoke boldly at Ephesus for three months
"disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of
God." On a later trip, at Miletus, Paul called for the elders of
the Church at Ephesus. Saying his farewell to them Paul said,
"And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone
preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more" (Acts
At Rome, "there came many to him [Paul] into his lodging; to
whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God ..." (Acts
Again at Rome, "Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired
house, and received all that came in unto him, preaching the
kingdom of God ..." (Acts 28:30).
Did Paul preach any other gospel? To the Galatians he wrote,
"But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel
unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be
accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man
preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let
him be accursed" (Gal. 1:8-9).
But verses 6 and 7 showed that the Galatians had, already,
turned to another gospel.
Jesus spoke of His message -- the Kingdom of God -- as the
"word" that He spoke. The apostles, as you'll read all through
the book of Acts, went everywhere preaching "the word" -- meaning
the Kingdom of God.
The Vast Comprehensiveness of a Full Understanding
I must call the reader's attention again at this point to the
fact that a full and complete understanding of the message sent
by God to all mankind, by His Divine Messenger Jesus Christ,
involves a vast comprehension of God's great purpose, and of
events prehistoric, historic, present and future.
I might say it means an overall understanding of every
thing! Once understood, it will seem that the supposedly
stupendous fund of knowledge disseminated in the great
universities, is, in fact, infantile! It will seem as if man
knows, now, almost nothing! For the missing dimension in
knowledge is the all-important knowledge!
So I ask the reader to expect GREAT THINGS to be revealed in
this and coming chapters.
The "Gospels" Being Preached Today
I have said that you hear many gospel programs today. One uses
the slogan, "Preaching Christ to the Nations." One might ask,
"Well, what's WRONG about preaching ABOUT Christ?" Or, "What's
wrong about preaching a gospel of grace?" Or "What's wrong about
proclaiming a message about salvation?"
I have shown you the scriptures showing they started, even
in the first century, preaching about a DIFFERENT Jesus -- a Jesus
supposed to have abolished His Father's commandments -- who turned
"grace" into license to disobey (II Cor. 11:4,13-15 and Jude 4).
They do not today preach the REAL Jesus, who said, "I have kept
my Father's commandments," setting us an example that we should
keep them also.
If those who claim to preach a gospel of SALVATION
understood and proclaimed WHAT salvation really is -- whether it is
going to a PLACE, being changed into a different CONDITION, or
WHAT -- or WHERE -- and HOW it may be obtained, it might be a part of
the true gospel. But today's "gospel" programs do not teach what
salvation really is or how one may receive it. When the blind
lead the blind, they all fall into the ditch.
Just What Is the Kingdom of God?
So it's time we come to UNDERSTAND just what is the Kingdom of
What is a kingdom? The Bible speaks of several kingdoms. The
first world empire -- the Chaldean Empire often called
"Babylon" -- was a kingdom. God inspired the prophet Daniel to say
to its king, Nebuchadnezzar, "... the God of heaven hath given
thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory" (Dan. 2:37).
Then there was the kingdom of Israel -- the family descended
from Israel, which became one of earth's nations or governments.
The kingdom of Israel was a forerunner of the Kingdom of
God. It will be composed of the Spirit-born children of God -- the
Family of God, organized into a governing Kingdom.
Therefore the kingdom of God will be dual:
(1) A GOVERNMENT. A government -- or kingdom -- is composed of
four things: (a) a KING, ruling over (b) people, subjects or
citizens within (c) a definite jurisdiction of territory, with
(d) laws and an organized system of administering them.
(2) A FAMILY (as the kingdom of Israel was a family of the
children of Israel) -- in this case the Family of God -- a family
into which humans may be born, which shall be a GOVERNING or
RULING family that shall have jurisdiction over ALL NATIONS -- that
is, the WHOLE EARTH -- and, later, the entire universe.
The Kingdom: a Government
Christ is to be the King of the Kingdom of God. He is the Son of
God, whom He addressed as His Father. When the Church, by a
resurrection or instantaneous change from mortal to immortal
(from physical to spirit composition) becomes the Spirit-composed
children of God, Christ will marry the Church which shall become
His wife. So we have Father, Son, wife, and children of the
Father -- all a FAMILY relationship -- the Divine God Family!
Notice, now, some of the prophecies:
"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a
virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name
Immanuel [which means "God with us"]" (Isa. 7:14).
"For unto us [Israel] 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, Counselor, The mighty God, The
everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his
government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of
David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it
with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The
zeal of the Eternal of hosts will perform this" (Isa. 9:6-7).
The angel Gabriel is a super archangel -- a cherub -- one of
only three mentioned in the Bible. It is recorded, "And in the
sixth month [of the pregnancy of Elizabeth] the angel Gabriel was
sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin
espoused [betrothed] to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house
of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in
unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord
is with thee: blessed art thou among women.... And the angel
said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with
God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring
forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great,
and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God
shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall
reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there
shall be no end" (Luke 1:26-33).
When Jesus was on trial for his life before Pilate, the
Roman ruler said unto Him, "Art thou a king then? Jesus answered,
Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for
this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto
However, Jesus also explained to Pilate that His
Kingdom -- His rulership -- was not of this world -- this time -- this
present age, saying, "My kingdom is not of this world ... but
now is my kingdom not from hence" (John 18:36).
What Christ's Gospel Was All About
I say Christ's gospel -- the message He brought from God -- was the
advance good news of the establishment of the Kingdom of God.
But just what does that include?
And why is the Kingdom of God necessary?
Just how does it affect and relate directly to your personal
and individual life?
Actually, Christ's message of God's coming Kingdom is
directly concerned with world conditions as they are -- with human
nature -- its source and origin -- with world evils, suffering,
unhappiness -- with world peace. It's concerned with
government -- with the reason present human governments fail to be
the benefactors of their peoples they are supposed to be.
His message hits directly at the very roots of individual
personal happiness and at the awesome transcendent potential of
each human life. It is concerned with the CAUSES of present
conditions that affect every human and with the WAY that will
solve all problems.
But it is concerned with far, far more.
It is concerned with God's tremendous, overwhelming, overall
purpose as Creator of the entire universe. It's concerned with
the entire vast universe, filled with its uncountable galaxies,
nebulae, suns, stars, planets, and with God's purpose for them.
It's concerned with all the angels -- with the fact that one third
of all God's created angels turned to SIN from which there can be
no redemption, and God's great purpose and plan to prevent such a
catastrophe happening to the other two thirds.
Most of these things are never remotely considered in
religious teachings in this world. God's message is concerned
with overall truth.
What has been covered so far should be considered as merely
the introduction to the entire story of Christ's gospel message.