[Mystery of the Ages Index]
The Mystery of Man
IT SEEMS incredible indeed! Higher education teaches technical courses in
physiology, anatomy, anthropology and psychology. The universities take man
study him minutely inch by inch. They study every facet and phase of man. They
human brain apart and study it, yet the human mind remains a total mystery to
most advanced psychologists. They do not know WHAT man is or WHY he came to
be! That is
the great Mystery Number 3 that has never been understood by humanity.
Is he merely the highest animal species, descended by resident forces, with no
planning or designing, by the process of evolution? Why does man have the
reasoning ability and possess all the human fund of knowledge that is
animals to have? Is he an immortal soul? Is he human flesh and blood with an
within him? Just what IS a human person, after all? And why?
Why is mankind here on the earth? Did we simply happen? Or was there DESIGN
We say there is a CAUSE for every effect. The effect, here, is man. Man is
here. How --
WHY did he come to be here? Was he put here, or did he just happen by blind,
unintelligent processes of evolution?
We ought to want to know! This is a mystery that has baffled higher education.
education during the twentieth century has come, with virtual unanimity, to
evolutionary theory. It no longer even considers the possibility of a designed
creation by a God of supreme mind, perfect intelligence, and limitless power.
evolutionary theory cannot in any degree explain a paradoxical world of
accomplishment that is at the same time utterly helpless to solve its problems
and continually escalating evils. It can give no purpose for human existence.
education contemptuously ignores, without any consideration whatsoever, the
truths revealing man's presence on the earth and the causes of the present
civilization. Education in the civilized world today has become entirely
Education has become a combination of the agnosticism of evolution, the
economics of Karl Marx and the morals and social patterns of Sigmund Freud.
education remains in utter ignorance of the mystery of mankind and of human
But higher education does not know. And it doesn't want to know! When we
questions of WHAT and WHY, the intellectuals -- the custodians of KNOWLEDGE --
shy away or
stand up and fight. Of the questions WHAT and WHY is man, they are willingly
So, education shuts its mind, and its mouth in tight silence. Science doesn't
Religion does not reveal for it also doesn't know! Yes, incredible -- but
God Enters the Picture
WHY this willful ignorance? Because GOD is involved. Satan is hostile against
sits on the throne of this earth and has blinded the minds of the
intellectuals as well as
all other levels of society. Consider, for a moment, the most highly trained
several letters of advanced degrees following his name. He is highly trained
specific areas in which he has extensive, complicated and intricate knowledge.
But ask him
about some area of knowledge outside his specialized field and he is as much
as those who are lacking in the more advanced labyrinths of education.
The primary divisions of this world's civilization government, religion,
science, technology, industry -- all shy away from GOD. They want GOD to keep
his nose out
of their affairs! The mention of God embarrasses them.
This ignorance cannot be explained except by the invisible and unaware
influence of the
supernatural evil power of Satan the devil and the unseen demoniacal spirit
we read in Revelation 12:9 that all the world has been deceived by Satan, it
exclude those of advanced intellect. Jesus Christ thanked God that the real
hidden from the wise and prudent and revealed to those who are babes in
In the first chapter of this book we have covered the questions of WHO and
WHAT is GOD.
And we find God is quite REAL. God is more than one single person -- God is a
God is the supreme divine family -- he is the Creator of all that is, and he
ultimate PURPOSE -- the creation of perfect, holy, righteous and spiritual
MAN made immortal, to become part of that God family.
So the presence of MAN on the earth must have a definite relation to the
PURPOSE of GOD
With these basically important questions and statements we must ask, WHY all
the evils in
today's sick and chaotic world? This world now faces, with no solution, its
problem -- the question of HUMAN SURVIVAL! Can human life on earth survive
the short remainder of this twentieth century? Can humanity survive both the
explosion and the nuclear power his mind has produced that can annihilate that
Consider now what has been covered about God's PURPOSE for the angels that
earth. For that angelic rebellion leads directly to God's PURPOSE for MAN --
question of WHAT and WHY is MAN?
Earth's Face in Devastation
Instead of improving, beautifying, completing earth's creation, the sinning
it to desolation and ruin.
Come now to Genesis 1:1-2: "In the beginning God created the heavens
[RSV] and the
earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the
face of the
The original Hebrew for "without form, and void" is "tohu and
meaning "waste, desolate, deteriorated." The word was is also
"became." Thus possibly after millions of years, all had come to be
surface -- and light had been by angelic lawlessness turned into darkness.
Let me here interject a biblical principle within the immediate context. There
instruction in Isaiah: "Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he
understand doctrine? ... precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept;
line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little" (Isa. 28:9-10).
But most who
try to apply this principle in biblical understanding take each
out of its context, to "interpret" their own ideas into it.
The Holy Bible is unique among all books ever written. The very fact that its
revealed here a little, there a little means it is a coded book, not to be
until our present time of the end as explained elsewhere in this volume. Those
tried to read the Bible directly and continuously from the beginning have been
Many have simply thrown up their hands and said, as I myself did once, "I
understand the Bible." That is why Bruce Barton said the Bible is the
knows. As I have explained elsewhere the Bible is like a jigsaw puzzle. Until
pieces of a jigsaw puzzle are put properly together, the true picture does not
Much, directly concerned with what is in Genesis 1, is filled in by other
Scripture in other parts of the Bible.
So now, let s UNDERSTAND the background. Genesis 1:1: God created the heavens
earth. We have already seen, in chapter 2, that the heavens (or the universe)
earth were created after the angels. Earth's angels had not completed the
creation of the
earth by improvement, development and beautification. Rather, they had brought
desolation and ruin. The GOVERNMENT OF GOD had been nullified on earth.
And now, of all living beings in the universe, ONLY GOD could be certainly
never to depart from the way of his law. No higher, more perfect being could
than the cherub, Lucifer, who rebelled. Character cannot be automatically
created by fiat.
Godly spiritual character is the habitual action and conduct of the person or
entity to come to a knowledge of the true ways of God, and to exercise the
will to follow
those ways even against opposition, temptation or self-desire to the contrary.
must be developed with the assent, will and action of the separately created
entity. It is
imparted by God and must be willingly received by that entity. So God now
had predetermined, to accomplish the SUPREME creative feat -- by reproducing
was to be accomplished through MAN! God knew this must be brought about
Man in God's Image
To prepare the earth for the creation of man, God renewed the face of the
earth. This is
explained in Psalm 104:30: "Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are
created: and thou
renewest the face of the earth."
Now back to Genesis 1:2: The earth had come to be in a state of ruin.
"... And the
Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters."
The first thing God did was turn darkness back into LIGHT as originally made.
"Let there be light: and there was light" (Gen. 1:3).
So in six days God RENEWED THE FACE OF THE EARTH (this renewing was not its
creation, but restoring it to the condition of its original creation)
preparing it for the
creation of MAN!
God separated the dry land from the oceans. He created then the plant life on
then the sea life in the water, the animal life. In the Hebrew in which Moses
vertebrates are called "nephesh" in verses 20, 21, 24. The
rendered nephesh in these three verses into the English words "living
creatures." Yet in Genesis 2:7, speaking of man, the same word nephesh
"soul" because the translators falsely thought that only humans are
word nephesh literally means "life of animals," referring to
physical life and
Once again the earth was a perfect, but as yet unfinished, creation -- lacking
As was written earlier, God creates in dual stages. This might be compared to
cake. First the basic cake comes from the oven. But it is not complete until
stage is added -- the icing on the cake. This beautifies, enriches and
completes the cake.
God placed Lucifer and his angels on the earth. But he intended them to
creation by putting on, as it were, the finishing touches to beautify, improve
the earth. But the angels sinned, resulting in bringing chaos, confusion and
Now God renewed the face of the earth for MAN, made to become in the character
God and also in the likeness or form and shape of God. And God intended man to
the finishing touches by improving and beautifying the earth -- putting, as it
icing on the cake, to have man's part in the final creation of the earth.
Instead, man has
ruined, polluted, defiled, deteriorated almost every portion of the earth his
touched or acted upon.
The Purpose of Man on Earth
WHY did the Creator God put MAN on the earth? For God's ultimate supreme
reproducing himself -- of recreating himself, as it were, by the supreme
creating the righteous divine character ultimately in millions unnumbered
born children who shall become God beings, members of the God family.
Man was to improve the physical earth as God gave it to him, finishing its
sinning angels had deliberately refused to do) and, in so doing, to RESTORE
OF GOD, with God's WAY of life; and further, in this very process FINISHING
OF MAN by the development of God's holy, righteous CHARACTER, with man's own
Once this perfect and righteous character is instilled in man, and man
mortal flesh to immortal spirit, then is to come the INCREDIBLE HUMAN
POTENTIAL -- man
being BORN INTO the divine FAMILY of God, restoring the government of God to
and then participating in the completion of the CREATION over the entire
of the UNIVERSE! That incredible potential of man will be fully explained in
that follow in this volume. God shall have reproduced HIMSELF untold millions
So, on the sixth day of that re-creation week, God (Elohim) said, "Let us
make man in
our image, after our likeness" (Gen. 1:26).
Man was made to have (with his assent) a special relationship with his Maker!
He was made
in the form and shape of God. He was given a spirit (essence in form) to make
relationship possible. Much more of that a little later.
The Soul Is Mortal
But God made MAN of MATTER! This was necessary for the supreme accomplishment
"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into
nostrils the breath [air] of life; and man became a living soul" (Gen.
formed from material dust of the ground, upon breathing air, BECAME a living
soul. It does
not say man is, or has, an immortal soul. What was formed from material ground
The word "soul" is translated from the Hebrew in which Moses wrote,
word "nephesh." The Hebrew nephesh merely means a breathing animal.
in the first chapter of Genesis animals are called nephesh: Gen. 1:20,
creature" (Hebrew, nephesh); Gen. 1:21, "great whales, and every
creature" (Hebrew, nephesh); Gen. 1:24, "living creature"
nephesh). The translators in translating into the English language used the
"creature," but in Genesis 2:7 they translated the same nephesh into
word "soul" -- man became a "living soul" (nephesh).
Therefore the SOUL is physical, composed of matter, and can die. This is a
by very few denominations, and probably by no other religions another PROOF
identifies the one true Church of God!
How Human Mind Functions
Now we come to another truth, so far as I know, exclusive to the one true
Did you ever wonder about the vast difference between human mind and animal
incidentally, is another PROOF of the falsity of the theory of evolution!
The physical brain of the higher vertebrates in the animal kingdom is
essentially the same
in physical form, design, constituency, as human brain. The brains of whales,
dolphins are larger -- and chimp almost as large. Yet the output of the human
indescribably greater. Few indeed know why!
Many passages of Scripture show that there is a spirit in man. Spirit is not
man is matter. To distinguish it from God's Holy Spirit, I designate it as the
"human" spirit. Nevertheless, it is spirit and not matter.
This "human" spirit imparts the power of intellect to the human
The spirit cannot see, hear, taste, smell or feel. The brain sees through the
through the ear, etc. The "human" spirit cannot of itself think. The
What, then, is the function of this "human" spirit? It is NOT a
"soul." But, 1) it imparts the power of intellect -- of thinking,
and of MIND
power, to the human brain; and 2) it is the very means God has instilled,
a personal relationship between human MAN and divine GOD.
What Is the Real Value of a Human Life?
Philosophers, humanists, speak loftily of human worth as of supreme value in
speak of the "god" within you -- of tapping the innate hidden
yourself. They teach SELF-reliance, self-glorification.
They are smugly ignorant and unaware of the TRUE VALUES and the incredible but
Human life is at once of infinitesimally less value than they suppose, and at
time of supremely greater potential than they know.
Real truth is revealed. Unless revealed it remains a mystery, utterly unknown
deceived and vain intellectuals. I repeat, Jesus said in prayer: "I thank
Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the
prudent, and revealed them unto babes" (Matt. 11:25).
What is the real truth concerning human worth? What is the real value of a
human life? It
is grossly overestimated in its own reality, and astoundingly undervalued in
potential. The truth indeed is staggering.
You look upon a sweet, innocent babe a few hours old, or upon a life-fulfilled
person of 80 and ask yourself, "Just how valuable is that life? -- one
beginning, the other already spent." Could you supply the correct answer?
Let's UNDERSTAND! Right here is the point of difficulty. Right here is the
point where the world's educated jump the track. Science and advanced
almost universally assume nothing exists but matter. They deny the existence
Which is to say, whether admitted or not, they deny the existence of God.
We come to the modern science of brain research. We learn that the human brain
many functions impossible in animal brain, yet we learn there is virtually no
difference, physically. The animal cannot think, reason, study, make decisions
instinct. It cannot know what the human knows. It does not have attitudes of
wisdom, love, kindness, cooperation, nor is it aware of competition,
jealousy, resentment. It has no appreciation of music, art and literature. It
spiritual qualities or characteristics. Yet science and higher education
faculty of intellect in humans is solely physical.
I had to PROVE to myself rationally that God exists and is in fact more REAL
I had to PROVE that the Holy Bible is in fact the authoritative word of God,
by Which he
communicates to man, reveals truth otherwise inaccessible to man. And I found
PURPOSE, DESIGN, MEANING that is hidden from the self-professed scholarly. I
revealed the reason for mounting evils in a progressive world.
Can the human, who has been designed, created and made, say to his Maker,
you make me thus? -- and for what PURPOSE?" And can he instruct his
Maker? Should he
not, rather, open his mind, and listen when his Maker reveals to him the very
The Creator reveals and instructs in a highly coded book, the Holy Bible. Its
message is opened to human understanding through the presence and in-dwelling
of the Holy
Spirit injected into the human mind that has surrendered and yielded
completely to the
revelation in belief and obedience. To such a one the TRUTH is made plain --
But mark well this question! Think on this! If man had only the physical
brain, like the
dumb vertebrates, how could the great Spirit God inject into the animal brain
marvelous spiritual truths? The answer is plain. God does not. The dumb
animals have no
awareness of God or of spiritual knowledge.
But the human spirit in mortal man makes possible a direct contact from the
God. There is no direct channel of communication between the dumb animal brain
mind of the Supreme God.
Meditate on this. We humans sometimes speak of how wonderfully God made man,
brain and the marvelous physical components of his body all functioning
without this spirit, imparting the power of intellect to the brain and also
channel of direct communication with the mind of the Great God, man would be
no more than
the dumb brutes. But with the spirit in man, man's creation becomes all the
to contemplate. It is this human spirit in man that makes it possible for man
to be united
with God, so that man may be begotten of God by God's Spirit uniting with the
spirit, thus impregnating the human person as a child of the Supreme Creator
The real value of a human life, then, lies solely within the human spirit
the human brain. It should be stated at once that this human spirit is not
the most highly educated psychologists, yet it is the very essence of the
The Soul Can Die
The Creator's book reveals, contrary to fallible humanist teaching, that man
was made from
the dust of the ground, and this dust thus becomes soul, mortal -- like all
Man has continued to accept the first lie in human history -- Satan's lie to
that man is immortal and cannot die.
The soul is merely the breathing animal. All animals are biblically called
"souls" -- in Hebrew, nephesh. Therefore, if man is a soul as in
Genesis 2:7, so
also are the dumb animals. But there is a human spirit in the human soul.
This human spirit does not impart human life. Human life, like that of all
comes from blood circulation, oxidized by the breath of air. But God reveals
there is a
spirit within every human. This spirit is not present in animals. The human
empowers the human brain with intellect -- with ability to acquire knowledge,
reason, make decisions, produce attitudes of good or evil.
Human and animal brain are alike. Human mind superiority comes not from
but from the presence of human spirit within the human brain. Animal brain is
with instinct, not intellect.
It may seem shockingly strange, because it is a dimension in knowledge
but the real value of a human life lies solely in the human spirit, as it
combination with the human brain.
God formed man of matter, but after his own image and likeness as to form and
But the brute animal and man have the same breath, the same source of life.
They die the
same death. Human life is animal existence, but in the form and shape of God,
and with the
human spirit added to the brain.
Man was created to have a relationship with his Maker. Therefore he was made
Maker's form and shape, with contact and relationship made possible by the
him of the human spirit.
Man's Creation Not Yet Completed
But man's creation was not completed. He was made mentally and spiritually
there." He needed the addition of God's Spirit to unite with his spirit,
him as a child of God -- uniting him with God -- ultimately enabling him to be
the very GOD FAMILY.
Pause here a moment. Notice once again the duality in God's creative process.
man Adam was a physical creation with the human spirit added. When man's
finally complete, he will be a spiritual creation, formed wholly of Spirit.
When man receives the Holy Spirit of God the very Spirit and mind of the
immortal God is
injected into him. It joins with his human spirit. The Spirit of God cannot be
by, or injected into, the brute animal because the animal has no spirit within
which the Spirit of God could combine.
At this point, let me inject a truth that, at the time this is being written,
the most controversial question at issue among the Western world's population
question of abortion.
The human spirit enters the human embryo at conception. It is this spirit that
adult conversion, be united with the Holy Spirit from the great Creator God,
that human with God-life as a child of the living God, in a state of
gestation, though as
yet unborn. To destroy an embryo or a fetus in a mother's uterus is to MURDER
future God Being. Therefore, abortion is murder.
Now back to our original question: "What is the only real value of a
Human life is animal existence but with human spirit empowering the brain with
The human spirit in man makes possible the union with the Holy Spirit and mind
immortality of God. When mortal man dies, the body reverts to dust, and the
Life After Death
The departed human spirit at death is in fact a spiritual mold, of itself
in the resurrection bringing into the resurrected body all the memory,
character as well as form and shape of the person before death. The human
spirit of itself
cannot see, hear, think or know. The only real LIFE, inherent and self-
containing, lies in
the Holy Spirit of God, united with the human spirit. The value of a human
life lies in
the human spirit and its potential of being united with God's Spirit -- which
Philosophers think of human worth as of supreme value in itself alone. They
"human dignity." They speak of the innate "god" powers
human. They advocate SELF-confidence, self-glorification. They make mortal man
to think of
himself as immortal God.
Much to the contrary, the sole value of human life lies in the human spirit
potential of being begotten of God, later to be born VERY GOD, a child in the
Man is not "god" within himself, but only mortal flesh and blood
with a brain
empowered with intellect by the human spirit.
Therefore, man of himself is infinitesimally of less value than the self-
professed wise of
this world suppose. But, once begotten by the Supreme God through the very
LIFE and Spirit
of the living God dwelling in him, a human being's potential is of infinitely
value than the world has understood.
God creates, as previously explained, by the principle of DUALITY. So it is
creation of MAN. It is accomplished in TWO STAGES: 1) the physical phase,
which began with
the first man, Adam; and 2) the spiritual state, which begins with the
Adam" Jesus Christ (I Cor. 15:45-46).
So also, man was made from his creation (and birth) with the one
that became an integral part of man. But he is mentally and spiritually
INCOMPLETE; he was
made to need another Spirit -- the HOLY SPIRIT of God -- and when that gift of
received, God's "Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we
children of God" (Rom. 8:16) -- in the begotten (or first stage) of man's
This is most clearly explained in I Corinthians 2.
"... Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the
heart [mind] of
man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him" (verse 9)
The natural mind can receive knowledge of material and physical things. Also
it can have a
sense of morality, ethics, art, culture not possessed by the dumb animals. But
realm of good and evil it can know and perform what is good only on the human
possible by the human spirit within man. But this sense and performance of
good is limited
to the human level of the human spirit that is innately selfish. It can
express love on the human level, but without the Holy Spirit of God it cannot
express love on the God level, nor can it acquire knowledge of that which is
revealed in I Corinthians 2.
Only God Reveals
"But God hath revealed them [spiritual things] unto us by his Spirit
10). Notice particularly spiritual knowledge is not revealed by a Person
called the Holy
Spirit. It is revealed by God, and to us today through God's Spirit, which may
only as God's gift through his mercy and grace. God is the revealer. The Holy
the instrumentality by which we may comprehend that which only God can reveal.
"For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which
is in him?
..." (verse 11). If the Holy Spirit is the third Person of a Trinity,
then is not the
spirit in man also another man? A cow, sheep or dog cannot know the things a
MAN knows --
and neither could a man, except by the spirit of man that is in him. For
knowledge as chemistry, physics and technological and scientific knowledge.
natural man with this one spirit is limited "even so the things of God
man, but the Spirit of God."
ONLY when the Holy Spirit enters, combining with the "human" spirit,
can a man
come to really comprehend that which is spiritual "But the natural man
the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither
can he know
them, because they are spiritually discerned" (verse 14).
The most highly educated view all things through the eyeglasses of
Evolution is concerned solely with material life and development. It knows and
nothing about spiritual life and problems, and all the evils in the world are
That is WHY the most highly educated are, overall, the most ignorant -- they
to knowledge of the material, and to "good" on the self-centered
Knowledge of God and the things of God are foolishness to them. But, of
course, God says,
"The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God" (I Cor. 3:19).
World Cut Off from God
Now back to the first human, Adam. Remember God's PURPOSE in creating man on
the earth: 1)
to restore the GOVERNMENT OF GOD on earth, and by regulating human life
GOVERNMENT, a) complete the physical creation of earth where angels turned it
to ruin, and
b) in the process complete the creation of MAN by developing righteous
CHARACTER; and 2) to establish the KINGDOM OF GOD, and eventually the
potential of finishing the creation of the vast UNIVERSE!
This supreme PURPOSE required: 1) that MAN reject Satan's WAY, embracing GOD'S
LOVE, based on God's spiritual law; and 2) that man be made first of matter so
that, if he
was led into Satan's way of "GET," he could be CHANGED, converted to
of LOVE, or if he refused to change, his life would be blotted out without
continuous suffering just as if he had never been.
Spirit beings, once a finished creation (as were the one third of the angels
evil characters), could not be changed! Spirit, once its creation is
constant and eternal -- not subject to change. But physical matter is
Through God's master plan for his spiritual creation, to be covered later, it
master-planned by God and the Word that the Word would divest himself of his
glory, and in due time take on him the likeness of human flesh, as Jesus
possible the spiritual phase of the creation of MAN -- God REPRODUCING
HIMSELF! What a
MASTER PLAN for the extreme ULTIMATE in creative accomplishment! How GREAT is
our God, in
mind, purpose, planning, designing, as well as CREATING -- from the tiniest
germ or insect
to the most huge sun, dwarfing our own great sun to insignificance!
And the incredible human potential is that the GREAT MAJESTIC GOD is, in MAN,
himself -- man can be born into the GOD FAMILY!
The first human, Adam, was created with the potential of qualifying to replace
former Lucifer, on earth's throne, restoring the GOVERNMENT OF GOD.
But it was necessary that he resist, and reject Satan's "GET" way,
which was the
foundation of Satan's evil government, and choose GOD'S WAY of his law -- the
way of LOVE
(GIVE), the basis of God's government!
His Maker talked first to Adam and Eve instructed them in the GOVERNMENT and
of God -- though in Genesis 2 only the most condensed summary of God's
instruction to them
is revealed. Satan was restrained from any contact with them until God, first
The Two Symbolic Trees
In the gloriously beautiful garden of Eden in which God placed them were two
symbolic trees. Little has been heard about these trees and their tremendous
except what most people have heard about "Adam's apple." The
however, probably was not an apple tree.
The real significance of these two symbolic trees explains the very foundation
world. In them is the answer to the great mystery of our time in this modern
century. Today we live in a world of awesome progress and advancement, yet
of appalling evils. The baffling question today is, Why cannot the minds that
can learn to
fly to the moon and back, transplant hearts, produce computers and
solve their own problems? Why no peace in the world?
We cannot understand the mystery of today's events and conditions unless we go
back to the
very foundation of the world, and learn what developed from its origin to the
The world began at the time of these two special trees. We hear virtually
nothing in the
biblical misteaching of today about the tree of life, and almost nothing about
But now consider. God had created a man out of the dust of the ground. But God
dual stages. The man was not yet physically complete. God wanted him to
replenish the earth." But the man could not do that because he was not
complete. So God put him into a deep sleep (anesthesia) and performed an
removing a rib and forming a woman from it. They became one family. The
of man was completed. They could reproduce their kind.
But the man God created was mortal. He had only a temporary physicochemical
alive by circulation of blood, oxidized by the breath of air, and fueled by
food and water
from the ground. He did not have LIFE inherent -- self-containing life. But he
did have a
human spirit that, united with God's Holy Spirit, could beget him with eternal
Immortal Life Offered
But God offered to him immortal LIFE through this symbolic tree of LIFE. God
did not urge
or compel him to take it -- he merely made it freely accessible. Adam could
eat of all the
trees of the garden except the one forbidden tree, of "the knowledge of
What if Adam had taken of the tree of LIFE? You probably never heard that
answered. That symbolic tree is offered today to those called and drawn by God
Christ. There is one difference between the original Adam and the called
had not yet sinned and no repentance was necessary if he had chosen the tree
Otherwise the repentant and believing Spirit-begotten Christian is in the same
Adam would have been had he taken of the tree of life.
Adam would have received the Holy Spirit of the immortal God to join with his
spirit. Of course, since Adam was required to make a choice, he would have
way of Satan by taking the tree of life.
But again, what would have happened, had Adam taken the tree of life?
He would have received the Holy Spirit of God to unite with his human spirit.
The man was
not mentally or spiritually complete until receiving the Spirit of God, This
united him, mentally and spiritually, with God. He would have been begotten as
a child of
God, just as is the converted Spirit-begotten Christian.
He would have received the Holy Spirit of God to join with his human spirit,
as a son of God, imparting to him the earnest of immortal life, and making him
at one with
As in the case of the Spirit-begotten Christian today, where "Christ in
[us is] the
hope of glory" (Col. 1:27). And again, the mind of Christ is in us (Phil.
the very mind of the Eternal would have been in Adam. But instead the mind and
Satan entered into him and worked in him, even as it has in all his children
composed this whole world. We read in Ephesians 2:2, that Satan, as prince of
the power of
the air, does indeed actually work within humans.
At this juncture, we explain a point that might be misunderstood. In the
Satan, Eve was deceived, but Adam was not (I Tim. 2:13-14). Adam disobeyed God
deliberately. But even though he was not deceived in this original temptation,
deliberate disobedience of God's explicit command cut him off from God,
producing a state
of mental perversion and opening his mind to the deceptions of Satan. From
Adam and all his children after him were receptive to the sway of Satan. Satan
work in the mind of Adam, even as God would have worked in his mind had he
taken of the
tree of life.
A World Held Captive
Thus, from that moment, Satan had spiritually kidnapped Adam, and all his
human family has
ever since been held captive by Satan.
God would have revealed to Adam God's way of life -- which is God's spiritual
law is the way of outflowing love -- but it would have been "the love of
God ... shed
abroad in [human] hearts by the Holy [Spirit]" (Rom. 5:5). Human natural
cannot fulfill God's holy law.
But, even as a human embryo has been begotten by human parents, and just as
must develop through the process of gestation before being born, so is the
Christian, and so would have been Adam.
But he would have experienced a direct connection and contact with God.
I like to compare this to the umbilical cord connecting the newborn baby with
Its human life and physical nourishment has been supplied during gestation
from the mother
to the child. God's spirit LIFE is imparted to the Christian through the Holy
Also, spiritual knowledge is imparted by God but through the indwelling of the
(I Cor. 2:10). Full comprehension of God's LAW (his way of life) is imparted
through the Holy Spirit. But the law of God requires action and performance,
and LOVE is
the fulfilling of God's law (Rom. 13:10), and it can be fulfilled only by the
love of and
from God (Rom. 5:5).
So Adam would have had the in-depth spiritual knowledge to live God's way, and
have been supplied with the divine love that, only, can fulfill that perfect
law of love
and put it into action.
He would also have received by the Spirit of God the very FAITH of God. He
received knowledge, guidance and help from God. He would have had reliance on
intervene in matters beyond his control. In such matters God supernaturally
does for us
what we are unable to do for ourselves. In other words, God fights our battles
Rejecting God's Law and Government
But instead Adam chose a different kind of knowledge -- he took TO HIMSELF the
of good as well as evil. He relied wholly on himself -- both for the KNOWLEDGE
as well as
power of performance of good as well as evil. He REJECTED reliance on God and
course of SELF-reliance. The only righteousness he could acquire was SELF-
which to God is like filthy rags.
Adam and Eve took of the tree of "the knowledge of good and evil."
Taking of its
fruit was taking to themselves the knowledge of what is good, and what is evil
for themselves what is right and what is sin. This, of course, meant rejection
LAW, which defined for them the right and the wrong.
The glorious archangel Lucifer, as God originally created him, was the
pinnacle of God's
creative power in a single being. Few today remotely realize the great power,
to cunning deception, possessed by Satan. Apparently Adam completely
The wily Satan got to Adam through his wife Eve. He did not say, "CHOOSE
WAY!" He appeared as a subtile serpent. He cleverly deceived her.
He put DOUBTS in her mind about God's veracity. He put a sense of injustice
within her. He deceived her into believing God had been unfair -- selfish. He
injected vanity of mind. He misled her into thinking it was right to take of
Adam, not deceived, nevertheless went along with his wife. With her, he took
the determination of what is right and what is wrong -- thus DISBELIEVING what
had said, REJECTING God as Savior and Ruler -- rejecting God as the source of
BASIC KNOWLEDGE. He believed and followed Satan's WAY!
Adam's World Sentenced
When God "drove out the man" from the Garden of Eden, and barred
lest he go back and receive eternal life in sin (Gen. 3:22-24) -- God
God said, in effect: "You have made the decision for yourself and the
shall spring from you. You have rejected me as the basic source of knowledge -
- you have
rejected power from me through my Spirit to live the righteous way -- you have
against my command and my government -- you have chosen the 'GETTING,'
'TAKING' way of
Satan. Therefore I sentence you and the world you shall beget to 6,000 years
of being cut
off from access to me and my Spirit -- except for the exceedingly FEW I shall
call. And that FEW shall be called for special service preparatory for the
kingdom of God.
They shall be required to do what you have failed to do -- reject, resist and
Satan and his WAYS, and follow the ways of my spiritual LAW.
"Go, therefore, Adam, and all your progeny that shall form the world,
own fund of knowledge. Decide for yourself what is good and what is evil.
Produce your own
educational systems and means of disseminating knowledge, as your god Satan
you. Form your own concepts of what is god, your own religions, your own
own life-styles and forms of society and civilization. In all this Satan will
world with his attitude of SELF-centeredness -- with vanity, lust and greed,
envy, competition and strife and violence and wars, rebellion against me and
my law of
"After the world of your descendants has written the lesson in 6,000
years of human
suffering, anguish, frustration, defeat and death -- after the world that
from you shall have been brought to confess the utter hopelessness of the way
of life you
have chosen -- I will supernaturally intervene. By supernatural divine power I
take over the government of the whole world. With reeducation, I will produce
world of PEACE. And on repentance, I shall then offer eternal salvation to
all. After a
thousand years of that happy world to come, I will resurrect from death to
mortal life all
who have died uncalled during this present 6,000 years. Their judgment shall
And on repentance and faith, eternal life shall be offered them.
"During this 6,000 years, when I myself shall cut them off from me, they
shall not be
eternally judged. Only, as they sow during their lifetimes, they shall reap.
But when I
open eternal salvation to them, there shall be no Satan to hinder or deceive
them -- no
Satan for them to overcome. Those few called during this first 6,000 years
shall have to
reject and resist Satan's pulls and overcome. But those who overcome shall sit
with me in
my throne, and have power under me to rule all nations under my Supreme
Origin of Self-Reliance
What does all this mean? Adam the first human rejected knowledge from and
reliance on God.
He chose to rely on his own knowledge and abilities.
The modern world, developed from Adam, relies wholly on human self-reliance.
psychology taught in our day is self-reliance. Rely on the innate powers
within you, they
teach. An atmosphere of self-reliant professionalism pervades most modern
campuses. It is the spirit of vanity. The university student is induced to
himself as becoming a professional -- that is, he considers himself elevated
who have not had his brand of education. Through the basic concept of the
theory, he feels himself completely above those who believe in God and the
Christ. He regards them with disdain.
Salvation Closed Off
Upon Adam's making this fateful and fatal decision, God CLOSED OFF THE TREE OF
3:22-24) from the world sired by Adam, for 6,000 years. That is, except in the
chosen prophets for the writing of the Bible, and of the Church called out of
by Jesus Christ. But even Jesus said plainly: "No man can come to me,
Father which hath sent me draw him" (John 6:44).
God thereupon, at the very foundation of this world, laid out a 7,000-year
master plan for
accomplishing his purpose.
It was Satan who deceived Eve. Adam then sinned deliberately in partaking of
fruit. The whole world since has been deceived (Rev. 12:9).
Let us pause here momentarily. Let us realize this was the very foundation of
the world in
which we still live. At this point, Satan must have gloated. He must have
believed God was
defeated -- that God through Adam had failed to overthrow Satan's rule on the
But God says, "My purpose shall stand."
God's 7,000-year plan will accomplish God's purpose in overwhelming and
Understand this point, which has been a mystery to the world. When God closed
off the tree
of life, he closed off the redemption and salvation of mankind for 6,000
years, until the
second Adam, Jesus Christ, after 6,000 years should return to earth in supreme
glory to unseat Satan from his throne and to rule all nations of mankind.
The first man Adam had been given the opportunity to choose God's government,
that government to the earth, and to unseat Satan from the throne of the
earth. Since he
failed, salvation cannot be opened to humanity generally, until Jesus Christ,
Adam, has accomplished what the first Adam failed to do -- namely, to unseat
Satan and to
sit on the throne of the earth, restoring the government of God to this earth.
The closing of the tree of life from the human family marked the foundation of
world still ruled invisibly by Satan. How, then, was God going to accomplish
At that very foundation of this world it was determined by God that the Word
would be born
on earth as the sacrificial lamb of God to redeem mankind from the rule of
kidnapper (Rev. 13:8) .
But how, then, was God ever to accomplish his purpose of reproducing himself
humans to be born during that next 6,000 years?
Salvation Through Resurrection
At that very foundation of Satan's world it was also decreed (Heb. 9:27) that
appointed that all humans should die once, and after that, by resurrection
from the dead,
would come the judgment. Meanwhile mankind as a whole would not as yet be
judgment -- neither condemned nor saved. It was at that time decided that as
in Adam all
humans should die, so in Christ the same "all" should be brought
back to life by
a resurrection to judgment (I Cor. 15:22). This very resurrection of all who
died in Adam
has been a mystery to the whole world deceived by Satan. Even today
Christianity celebrates the resurrection of Jesus on the pagan Easter every
says nothing about the future resurrection of the billions who have died in
resurrection will be explained later in this volume.
Meanwhile, when Christ should come as humanity's sin bearer, he would found
the Church of
God. The purpose and function of the Church will be fully covered in Chapter 6
Pause right here! Understand what Satan has blinded the entire world from
what a deceived traditional Christianity has not understood. This is of
The world of traditional Christianity has been deceived into supposed
of the immortality of the soul, of those who "profess Jesus" going
upon death into a heaven of eternal idleness, freedom from responsibility and
ease and laziness; in those who fail to "accept Jesus" going at
death to a
definite place of eternal continuous burning fire called hell where they
shriek and scream
in indescribable pain and agony forever and ever without hope.
The teaching has been that man is an immortal soul and already has eternal
life. It denies
(Rom. 6:23) that the penalty for sin is death and that man can have eternal
life only as
the gift of God. The false traditional Christianity teaching might be compared
to taking a
one-way railroad trip. This trip is your life's journey. At the end of the
line a switch
is automatically set that will send you straight to a lasting burning hell of
indescribable pain and torture. But if, at any time during life's journey, you
"accept Christ," the switch at the end of the line, at that point,
is turned to
shoot you straight to heaven.
Much supposed "Christian" teaching has been that God created the
first man a
perfect immortal being, but that when God was not looking Satan stole in and
wonderful handiwork of God. Salvation is then pictured as God's effort to
damage, and to restore mankind back to a condition as good as when God first
In doctrine after doctrine they have believed and taught the diametric
opposite of the
truths plainly revealed in the Bible.
Satan's First Lie
They have taught Satan's first lie that man is an immortal soul. This
teaching, when one
stops to give it thought, is that "saved mothers" who have died and
heaven are continually conscious of their lost sons who are shrieking and
indescribable torture of hell fire.
But what is the real truth of God's holy Word? Do the dead know what the
living are doing?
My wife told me shortly after our marriage that after her mother died, when
she was only
12 years of age, she thought her mother in heaven was seeing everything that
I quote now from an article in The Plain Truth March 1985: "Scripture
that when you die you are dead. According to the Bible, the dead don't hear
anything, think anything or know anything. The dead have absolutely no
awareness of any
kind: 'For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any
have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their
their hatred, and their envy, is now perished ... '" (Eccl. 9:5-6).
The Bible's message is clear on this point. Death is death beyond any shadow
of doubt. The
apostle Paul wrote that "the wages of sin is death" (Rom. 6:23).
definition, is the absence of life -- not just separation from God.
Scripture even warns us to make the most of life now while we have the
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no
device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going" (Eccl.
It couldn't be more plain. But what about those who want to cling to the
in floating off to heaven after death if good, or sinking to hell if bad?
Listen to the apostle Peter's response. If anyone deserved to go to heaven, it
certainly be someone after God's own heart, wouldn't it? David was such a
13:22). But Peter was inspired by God to say, David is "both dead and
buried, and his
tomb is with us to this day" (Acts 2:29, RAV), and further, "David
ascend into the heavens" (Acts 2:34).
Jesus himself also said that "no man hath ascended up to heaven,"
throne is (John 3:13).
Will We Each Live Again?
But there is more to this life than living for the present life. The Great God
here on this earth for a marvelous, eternal purpose, not even understood by
humanly devised religions.
We are on this earth for a wonderful reason. It involves the answer to why we
made mortal and suffer through the gamut of emotions and troubles, or
experience the good
times of human life.
Even though when we die we are dead, we will not remain dead forever. The dead
graves will live again! Read what Jesus says: "Do not marvel at this; for
the hour is
coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth -
- those who
have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to
resurrection of [judgment]" (John 5:28-29, RAV).
There is an accounting for our behavior in this life! Every human being who
has ever lived
will ultimately give an accounting and be in a resurrection.
I have explained earlier that the spirit in man of itself does not see, cannot
cannot think. The brain sees through the eye, hears through the ear, and
thinks as it is
empowered by the spirit. At death, "Then shall the dust return to the
earth as it
was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it" (Eccl. 12:7).
The spirit is the depository of memory and character. The spirit is like a
retains even the human form and shape of the deceased, so that in the
judgment those who have died shall look as they did in life, retain whatever
they established in life, remember everything that was stored in their memory.
But in the
meantime, in death, there is no consciousness -- they "know not any
The most universal false teaching, believed by virtually all churches called
except the one and only true and original Church of God, is that ALL are
"lost" unless they profess Jesus Christ as Savior -- and that now is
day of "salvation."
But the truth is that those cut off from God are NOT YET JUDGED!
Few UNDERSTAND this basic master plan of God. The reader cannot possibly be
at the truth revealed in this volume than was the author, more than 58 years
WHOLE WORLD has been deceived, as God's Word foretold! One deceived is not
aware of the
deception! Don't underestimate Satan!
Humans, Cut Off from God?
One, reviewing the multiplied evils in the world today, might think MAN has
off from God. But it is GOD who cut off mankind from him. And WHY?
Does that seem to make God appear unfair? Quite the opposite! Let us make that
clear. Adam, by choosing to take of the forbidden tree, cut off himself and
after him from God. Yet because all humans born from Adam have sinned, each
human has in
fact cut himself off from God (Isa. 59:1-2).
The Person in the God family who spoke with Adam was the Logos or
"Word" who was
later born as Jesus Christ. Adam had no contact with God the Father. When the
the tree of life, all mankind was cut off from God the Father until Christ
would come to
earth in supreme power and glory to take from Satan the throne of the earth
and to restore
the government of God over the entire earth. Meanwhile Christ, the second
Adam, came at
his first appearing to reveal the existence of God the Father (Luke 10:22).
time, the world had no knowledge of the existence of God the Father. That is
the religion of Judaism had believed that God consists of ONE PERSON ONLY.
That is the
reason theologians have lost, or rather never possessed, knowledge of the fact
GOD is a
FAMILY into which we may be born as part of that very God family. That, also,
why, on reading in the New Testament of God the Father, and also of Jesus
being God, they
came up with the false theory of the Holy Spirit being a "Ghost," or
Person of a Trinity, thus blaspheming the Holy Spirit and LIMITING God and
doing away with
all knowledge that converted humans can become members of the very divine God
Satan blinded "Christianity" from the truth and purpose of the
gospel of Jesus
They have overlooked a most important truth: the resurrection from the dead.
They celebrate a pagan Easter acknowledging the resurrection of Jesus Christ
dead. But they overlook entirely the plain biblical teaching that all who ever
to be resurrected from the dead, although in the time order of three
resurrections. The only hope the Holy Bible gives for the vast humanity of
world is the hope of a resurrection from the dead, but that is a positively
sure hope. All
this will be completely covered and the full scriptures given in the chapters
What a tragedy that, as plainly stated in Revelation 12:9, this whole world
deceived and blinded from the truth by Satan the devil, still sitting on the
throne of the
The real truth is startling, but you will find it plainly revealed in your own
Follow it as you carefully read this book.
Consider! When God drove Adam and Eve out from the Garden of Eden, He set
angels to bar
mankind from reentering. Suppose the Eternal had left the gate into Eden open.
already taken of the forbidden tree. Man had already turned to sin. What would
happened? Probably the whole of sinning mankind would have surged back in to
take of that
tree of LIFE! Without any repentance -- without even FAITH in God or in Christ
would have helped himself to RECEIVING ETERNAL LIFE.
THINK a moment!
God Not Unfair
How Unfair would God have been, had he allowed that Man, with all his sins --
and sin has
a habit of increasing in the one who indulges in it -- would have become
living forever while suffering the pains, mental, physical and spiritual, that
bring on him!
Man does not seem to realize that he now is the SLAVE of sin. Sin has cut him
off from God
the Father. Few understand that we are not saved by the death of Christ. We
to God the Father by Jesus' death. We are saved by his life (Rom. 5:10). Man
realize that only a real repentance -- turning from sin -- and the living
FAITH of Jesus
Christ can FREE him from that penalty! Sin enslaves! It punishes! It brings
remorse, anguish. It inflicts physical injury, sickness and disease. It
frustration and hopelessness.
The most UNfair, UNkind, cruel thing God could have done once Adam and Eve had
forbidden tree would have been to leave the way open into the garden, with
free access to
all comers to the tree of LIFE -- symbolic of the gift of ETERNAL LIFE!
But what did God do? He drove out the man and the woman. He barred reentrance.
He, however, made salvation and eternal life in extreme happiness and bliss
available to ALL the human family. But, with godly wisdom, he set a time-order
conditions! For the first 6,000 years -- now almost completed -- all but the
FEW were cut off.
On this point the entire world of traditional Christianity has been deceived.
Here is a
most important truth: Satan sitting on earth's throne tried to kill the Christ
then tried to tempt and disqualify Jesus just before the Christ started his
ministry (Matt. 4). Satan caused the martyrdom of most of the apostles. He
intensive persecution against the Church. He caused a violent controversy to
flare up in
the early months and years of the Church disputing whether the gospel to be
the gospel OF Christ, or man's gospel ABOUT Christ. Satan caused the latter to
and in less than 20 years a false and counterfeit gospel ABOUT Christ was
by all but the persecuted FEW who loyally remained as the small and persecuted
original Church of God.
Is Now the Only Day of Salvation?
These deceived "Christians" taught, and still teach, that now is the
ONLY day of
salvation, and that their counterfeit salvation of just "accepting"
Christ, without the repentance of turning from sin and the obeying of God's
send people as "immortal souls" immediately to heaven upon death.
Satan has blinded the minds of those of "traditional Christianity"
to the fact
that God closed off the tree of life until the glorified Jesus Christ comes in
power and glory to restore the government of God over the whole earth. It was
repeat, that it was appointed to humans once to die, and after death is to
resurrection to judgment (Heb. 9:27). Meanwhile the world of Adam is not being
though in the final judgment all shall be held to account for their sins.
But, meanwhile, God has made certain exceptions for a definite purpose. God
prophets for the very purpose of being part of the foundation of the Church.
disciples OUT OF THIS WORLD to be taught to teach others and in the coming
the restored kingdom of God, to rule and teach under King of kings Jesus, when
the tree of
life will be opened to all flesh.
The Church was called to be trained to become rulers and teachers in the
kingdom of God
WHEN the tree of life shall be opened. Meanwhile the Holy Spirit has been
closed to all
but the prophets and the called-out-ones of the true Church. The prophet Joel
shall come to pass afterward -- after the 6,000 years of this world of Satan,
will pour out of his Spirit upon all flesh (Joel 2:28).
Meanwhile it was necessary for God's purpose that the Holy Spirit be given to
and those specially called out for training to become rulers and teachers
when the government of God is restored to the earth over all nations.
In calling out the Church, Jesus said plainly, "No man can come to me,
Father which hath sent me draw him ..." (John 6:44). The Church is merely
"first-fruits" of salvation. This entire truth will be made more
Why the Second Adam?
To review: Approximately 4,000 years from Adam, God sent Jesus Christ to live
life, overcoming Satan, qualifying where the first Adam failed, to replace
Satan as RULER
on the throne of the whole earth. Those who, as Jesus did, overcome Satan,
selves and sin (the "called," that is), will sit with Christ in his
he comes to set up THE KINGDOM OF GOD and to restore the GOVERNMENT OF GOD,
former Lucifer rejected and ceased to administer!
Those very few called, beginning with "righteous Abel" up to now and
Christ's return to earth, have had to do what Adam refused to do -- REJECT THE
SATAN, who rebelled against the GOVERNMENT OF GOD!
Who, then, is a real Christian? Only those who have been, and are being, led
by the Holy
Spirit of God (Rom. 8:9, 11, 14). And none can receive the Holy Spirit until
1) REPENTS -- of his sins, his transgressions of God's law; and 2) has
complete faith in
Jesus Christ -- relying on Christ -- which includes BELIEVING Jesus Christ. I
believing what he says -- his WORD, the Holy Bible!
Thus, the called-out-ones after real repentance and belief Christ reconciles
to God the
Father and we receive the Holy Spirit impregnating us as children of God.
At this point let us clear up another question. Why could not Cain, Abel and
firstborn children of Adam, have repented and purely on that repentance have
Spirit and life of God? God's law could not be a law except there be a penalty
infraction. Adam had sinned. All his children had sinned and incurred on them
penalty. They and no person after them could be freed from the penalty of that
Christ, their very Maker, had paid that death penalty in their stead.
salvation was possible until the crucifixion of Christ. Only Jesus' atonement
reconcile any human to God the Father.
Now, what of these and all the others -- the THOUSANDS OF MILLIONS? UP to now,
called and drawn by God, they simply have not yet been judged! I do not mean
not have to give account for their sins. They shall, indeed! But their
judgment is COMING.
Judgment has begun in the true Church of God (I Pet. 4:17). Jesus said,
"No man can
come to me, except the Father ... draw him ..." (John 6:44). No MAN CAN
Christ otherwise! But the Church is merely the FIRST harvest.
In Satan's deceived world many have come to a counterfeit Christ who is
supposed to have
done away with his Father's commandments. They even worship Christ. But Jesus
plainly: "Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the
of men .... And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God,
that ye may
keep your own tradition .... Making the word of God of none effect through
which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye" (Mark 7:7, 9,
Deceived millions do not realize that they are worshiping Christ in vain. They
deceived into worshiping "another Jesus."
Every Human Shall be Called
When Christ comes as KING OF KINGS and LORD of lords, he will reign for the
years. EVERYBODY living from his coming will be called.
After that thousand years shall occur the "Great White Throne
Revelation 20:11-12. All who ever lived from Adam on, who were uncalled by
God, shall be
resurrected MORTAL in human flesh and blood as they were in their first life.
shall give account for the sins of their former life. The penalty of those
sins is death.
They shall then learn that Jesus Christ had paid that death penalty in their
stead. But on
real repentance and faith they shall be forgiven and receive God's Holy
them to ETERNAL LIFE.
GOD'S WONDERFUL MASTER PLAN WILL CALL EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED TO RECEIVE
SALVATION, but on real repentance and belief of God's truth. But, there is a
resurrections (I Cor. 15:22-23). "For as in Adam all die, even so in
Christ shall all
be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits;
(two other resurrections revealed in Revelation 20:11-13 are not covered in I
Those called in the millennium, and those in the Great White Throne
judgment, shall NOT have Satan, then, to overcome.
How WONDERFUL are God's ways -- even though hidden now from most of humanity
much suffering on themselves! As the apostle Paul exclaimed: "O the depth
riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his
his ways past finding out!" (Rom. 11:33).
In MAN, God is reproducing himself! The word for God in Genesis 1:1 is
in the original Hebrew. It is a name, like church or family or group. God
us" -- not ME -- "make man in OUR image." God truly is a family
we, literally, may be born!
WHAT, then, is man? He is a living being made from the dust of the ground. He
is CLAY, and
GOD is the Master Potter, molding, shaping, forming our CHARACTER -- if we
respond when he
calls and draws us to him. With our willingness he is infusing into us HIS
SPIRITUAL HOLY, RIGHTEOUS and PERFECT character!
WHY is man? God created man on the earth to build in us what the sinning
angels refused to
let God build in them -- his perfect character! He is, in his time-order and
developing us to become VERY GOD -- each of us -- and to finish the creation
unfinished UNIVERSE! But, for NOW, we still live in this deceived world led by
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