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ity, sin, corruption, perversion of mind! From creation to destruc–
Now to another point of NEW TRUTH! Haven't you wondered
WHY Satan is still here, now subtilely swaying mankind into his
ways of GETTING, seeking false values, and perversion of mind?
Think on this! Think of it as Goo viewed it! 1 have pre–
viously explained how ONLY Goo, of all living beings, possessed
this holy and righteous character - only Goo could be positively
relied on
to depart from His way of LOVE.
But God also knew
there were not enough
ofHim! He wanted
millions - even billions - of personages endowed with His holy
and righteous character!
That is why God had purposed to REPRODUCE HIMSELF,
through MAN!
So, (Psalm 104:30) God in six days RENEWED THE FACE OF
THE EARTH - restoring it from the wasteness and decay caused by
sinning angels - preparing it to become
the proving ground
of MAN
to develop in man God's righteous character, and prepare him for
the same transcendent potentia! that had been that of the angels!
Genesis 1, we have seen, records the six days of renewing the
face ofthe earth, preparing it forMAN.
Come now to Genesis 1:25-26:
"And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and
cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth
after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let
us [not me] make man in our image, after our likeness [form and
shape]...."In other words, AFTER THE Goo KIND! For a very spe–
cial relationship with God!
But "God formed man of the dust of the ground ..." (Gen.
2:7) - not out of Spirit as angels had been formed.
The first man, Adam, was given the opportunity to QUALIFY
to replace the former Lucifer on the THRONE OF THE GOVERNMENT
oF Goo.
But- note carefully this! - to qualify, Adam had to not only
accept God's GOVERNMENT and way of life - it was imperative
that he also HAD TO REJECT AND TURN FROM the way of Satan.
He had to OVERCOME Satan and his way!