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156 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
the earth. He himself, by his own reasoning processes,
acquired
this evil nature. God did not create it in him (Ezek. 28: 15).
Though disqualified now to administer the GOVERNMENT OF Goo
over the earth, he must remain here
UNT/L
his successor has
qualified
AND
been inducted into office. There is a REASON why
Christ has not YET come to take over that office, remove Satan,
and
restore
the government of God.
Before Jesus Christ could qualify to restore the GOVERNMENT
OF Goo and RULE all nations, He had to withstand Satan's most
severe temptation. You'll read of that supreme struggle in the
fourth chapter of Matthew. Jesus had to-
in human jlesh-
reject
Satan's way and teach and prove OBEDIENT to the GOVERNMENT
OF Goo -so He can RESTORE it on earth!
It was immediately after that - after Christ QUALIFIED to re–
store the GOVERNMENT OF Goo to earth - that Jesus carne into
Galilee, preaching the gospel of the KINGDOM OF Goo, and
saying, "The time is fulfilled" (Mark 1:1, 14-15).
It
was never ful–
filled until that titanic struggle in which Jesus resisted Satan, con–
quered him, and showed His MASTERYover him.
Now notice something you probably never realized before:
1 have said repeatedly THIS IS
NOT
THE TIME ÜOD IS TRYING
TO CONVERT THE WHOLE WORLD. He is calling only a comparative
VER Y FEW,
now.
WHY?
WHY does not God call everyone on earth
NO W?
Are those of us called NOW getting a real SPECIAL deal?
Well, THINK OF THIS: We, now called,
must resist Satan,
who
will PULL OUT ALL STOPS to attack and DESTROY those of
US
called
NOW!
All others are drifting along SATAN's WAY
ANYWA Y.
Sure,
he broadcasts to sway
everyone
to his SELF-centered way, contrary
to Goo's WAY. But he has the whole world already going his way.
But those of us who have turned from his way are fighting to
OVERCOME his way, and turning to Goo's way - the
w
AYof IJod's
GOVERNMENT - are the ones Satan HATES. He seeks specially to
destroy us! Without God's protection and restraining power over
Satan, we could never make it!
Few, even among professing converted Christians, realize the
vital and SUPREME NEED to be conscious and constantly aware of