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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
need to know sorne things about the God who is sending you and
providing the way.
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is vital at this point, then, to know this - as revealed in the
Bible: The Eternal God not only is Creator of all that is, but is the
RULER
over all He creates and also
EDUCATOR-
that is, the reveal–
er of basic knowledge. He
reveals
knowledge basic and vital to
know - knowledge otherwise inaccessible to rnan. Yet mankind -
generally - has rejected revelation as a source of basic knowl–
edge.
What God creates He
maintains.
What He creates He creates
for a
PURPOSE.
He intends it to be put to
use-
a
right
use that
pre–
serves and improves.
This use, rnaintenance and improvement is
controlled in the process of united, cooperative action, by the
GOVERNMENT OF ÜOD.
This earth, originally, was intended to be the abode of a third
of all the angels. The angels, beholding the earth at its creation,
found it so beautiful and perfect they shouted spontaneously for
JOY!
(Job 38:4-7).
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was to provide a glorious opportunity for
thern. They were to work it, produce frorn it, and preserve and in–
crease its beauty.
And at this point, it is well to understand the nature of God's
original creation:
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is like the unfinished furniture available in sorne
stores. This furniture is "in the raw" - it is finished all but for the
final varnish, polish, or paint. Sorne can save money by doing this
finishing
thernselves - provided they have the skill to do so. This
furniture rnay be of fine and superb quality - yet lacking the final
beautifying
completion.
So it is with God's creation.
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is
perfect,
but subject to a
beautifying finish which God intended angels to accornplish. The
original "unfinished" creation was produced by God
alone.
But
He intended angels, prehistorically, and
MAN,
now, to utilize cre–
ative power - to finish this part in God's creation - of adding the
final beautifying and utilitarian phases of what shall be the
FINAL
COMPLETED CREATION!
And whether or not it had been revealed to the angels, it was
a suprerne
TRIAL AND TEST.
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was to be the
PROVING GROUND
of
obedience to Goo's
GOVERNMENT
and their fitness to develop into
final finished creation the millions of other planets in the vast uni-