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66 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
reproductive process, each reproducing after its own kind - cattle
after the cattle kind, horses after the horse kind, etc.
But now God
(Elohim)
said, "Let
us
make man in
our
image,
after
our
likeness [form, shape] ..."(Gen. 1:26); in other words,
AFTER THE Goo KIND.
God had created angels out of SPIRIT. But now, for His own
reproductive purpose, MATTER offered God the properties He
needed.
And so " ... the ETERNAL God formed man of the dust of the
ground"- out of MATTER (Gen. 2:7).
IF and WHEN Man Sinned
At this point we must consider a basic principie of Goo's GOV–
ERNMENT. The state can never be without a head. God placed Lu–
cifer on the throne of the earth. He was no longer administering
the GOVERNMENT OF Goo- he was now disqualified- but he (his
name now changed to Satan) must remain on that throne until his
successor has qualified
and
also been inducted into office. The
very
fact
that Satan was there to tempt the first humans- that he
is, even now, "the god of this world"
(11
Cor. 4:4) and "the prince
of the power of the air" (Eph. 2:2) - is sufficient evidence of this
basic principie of the GOVERNMENT OF GOD.
More than this, once the earth became inhabited
by
those in
rebellion against the government of God - once that government
ceased to function - it became necessary for someone to qualify
as successor to Lucifer (now Satan) - and in order to qualify to
restore
the government and
w
AY of God, the successor
must
actually
reject
and/or turn from Satan's WAY!
More, those who are to reign WITH Christ, must also qualify
by turning from or rejecting Satan's way,
overcoming
that way,
and actually living
under the
WAY of God's Law.
Knowing this, God knew the inevitability that Satan would
tempt the first created MAN to disbelieve God and commit sin. If
the super archangel and all his angels had been led into rebellion,
how much more certain that man, made lower than the angels,
would also sin!
Can you visualize God and with Him the Word (also God–
of the God
F
AMILY) planning this supreme feat of their creative