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70 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
nally from etemity, there existed Goo and with Him there co–
existed, also from etemity, "THE Woao," a second PERSON who
also is God. God created all things by and through this coexisting
SPIRIT BEING called "THE WORD" (John 1: 1-4).
In Genesis 1: 1, the Hebrew word translated "God," is
Elo–
him,
a uniplural name meaning ONE Goo who is composed of
more than one person.
In other words,
a Divine FA M1L Y,
of which
the Goo mentioned in John 1: 1 is HEAD.
We have seen how the Bible reveals that God first created
angels - also composed of Spirit, though lesser beings than God,
and lacking in creative power.
Next, God created - brought into existence - the physical
universe, including the earth. At earth's creation, a third of the
angels were placed here. They were put under rule of the GOV–
ERNMENT OF Goo, administered by the great archangel Lucifer, a
cherub. Under the GOVERNMENT OF Goo the earth was filled with
wonderful PEI.CE, HAPPINESS and
JOY.
But ultimately Lucifer led
his angels into rebellion. The GOVERNMENT OF Goo was rejected,
no longer enforced. The earth as a result, became waste and
empty, in confusion and utter darkness.
Then in six days God renewed the face of the earth. During
this
"creation week" ofGenesis
1,
God formed
the first life
forms
that reproduced themselves - the flora and then the fauna - with–
out the thinking, reasoning, decision-making process, and without
ethical, moral or spiritual capabilities.
Finally carne the creation of MAN - created in God's own im–
age and likeness - form and shape - but like animals composed
of physical MATTER from the earth. MAN, to be born ultimately
into the very Goo FAMILY, was designed to have GooLv-type
MINO -ability to think, to reason, to make choices and decisions,
capable offorming ethical, moral and spiritual attitudes.
Remember,
God's
PURPOSE
in creating man is
to
reproduce
Himself- with such perfect spiritual CHARACTER as ONLY Goo
possesses - who WILL NOT and therefore CANNOT ever SIN!
(1
John 3:9).
Such perfect spiritual and holy character
cannot
be created
by fiat. It must be
developed,
and that requires
TIME
and EXPERI–
ENCE.