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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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ens.... When 1 consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the
moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that
thou art mindful ofhim?" (Psalms
8:1, 3-4).
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may be that King David was not given the revelation of the
real connection between man and the stars of outer space, for he
continues: "For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels,
and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him
to have domirtion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all
things under his feet: all sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of
the field; the fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and what–
soever passeth through the paths of the seas.
O
Lord our Lord,
how excellent is thy name in all the earth!" (Psalm
8:5-9).
David here limits man's dominion to the present - that
which God gave mankind in the creation of man - the solid
earth, the earth's atmosphere, and the waters and sea (as in Gen.
1:26-28).
That is the dominion man has
now.
In the New Testament, written much later, far more is re–
vealed.
lncredible Human Potential
Reve;~led
In the book of Hebrews we read: "For unto the angels hath he
[God) not put in subjection the world to come, whereofwe speak"
(Heb.
2:5).
The theme ofthe context here is "the world to come."
There is but one earth, but the Bible speaks of three worlds,
ages, or civilizations on the earth - the "world that then was" (the
antediluvian world from Adam to Noah); this "present evil
world" (from the Flood until Christ's return, yet future); and "the
world to come" (which starts when Christ comes and sets up the
Kingdom of God).
This verse speaks of angels as if the world had been put in
subjection to angels; in fact, in the very beginning of this book of
Hebrews, the first chapter, it is speaking of Christ and angels and
the relation of angels to humans. This must be explained a little
later.
But bear in mind the general theme here, or context, is "the
world to come, whereof we speak" - not this present age, now
coming rapidly to its
end!
Continue on in verse 6: "But one in a