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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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is so astonishingly revealing one doesn't fully grasp it just
reading quickly through.
First 1 quoted from verse 29 of Romans 8 stating Christ wAS
the firstborn ofMANY BRETHREN.
In Hebrews 1, we see that Christ, the first human to be born
by a resurrection from the dead, has been glorified and now sus–
tains the entire universe. He is our pioneer who has gone on
ahead. At His return to earth in power and glory those who have
been converted and received God's Holy Spirit shall be born into
the God Family by a resurrection. Then the
entire universe
will be
put into subjection UNDER them!
Then, from Romans 8,
if
we have and are led by the Holy
Spirit of God, we shall be raised to Spirit composition and immor–
tality in the God Family even as Christ was in A. D. 31 upon His
resurrection.
Now once again from verse 19: "For the creation waits with
eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God" (RSV). This
shall happen at the time of the resurrection, when those who are
human actually become - by a resurrection or instantaneous
change
from mortal ftesh to Spirit immortality- Sons of God.
Now understand please.
Why
should the whole universe -the
creation - be waiting with
eager longing
for the actual birth and
appearing of al! these Sons of God, to be born into the Family of
God? The following verses portray a universe filled with planets
in decay and futility - yet as if subjected
now
to this dead state in
hope! "Because the creation itself [the universe not now capable
of sustaining life] will be set free from its bondage to decay and
obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God."
How
did al! the planets fall into the bondage of decay? Surely
God did not so create them!
Decay signifies a state or condition caused by degeneration
and decomposition from a previous undecayed state. God, then,
created these planets in a state of NONdecay. But something
caused
deterioration to set in.
What could have caused al! this "bondage to decay"?
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cannot be the state in which God created them! Everything
we read in God's revealed Word about God's creation shows it to
have been a perfect creation. The earth was first created a perfect