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72 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
But when our minds are opened to the knowledge of our
Goo and His purposes, then we have glorious access to the vast
MISSING DIMENSION OF KNOWLEDGE: the very knowledge that God
is the Divine FAMILY- that God is REPRODUCING HIMSELF- that
He is using MATTER in the process, and that He opens our under–
standing to vast vistas of new knowledge.
So now CONSIDER. God is composed of SPIRIT. God is
CRE–
ATOR, DESIGNER, RULER, EDUCATOR. God has SUPREME MINO. He
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the PERFECT HOLY AND RIGHTEOUS CHARACTER!
But He is using material substance from this physical earth
with which to REPRODUCE HIMSELF. Out of physical EARTH He has
formed MAN in His image and likeness (foi"m and shape).
But if man is to BECOME God, in the process of God repro–
ducing Himself, then the CHARACTER that is to be built in him
MUST emanate from God - and the Spirit LIFE that is to be bis
also must emanate from Goo.
In other words, God has had to plan to
bridge the gap
be–
tween MATTER (ofwhich MANis now wholly composed) and SPIRIT
(which God now is, and man must become).
Matter is
NOT
Spirit - cannot be converted into Spirit.
HOW,
then, can God change mortal material MAN into immortal,
Spirit-composed Goo?
Man is composed
wholly
of MATTER. God says: "And the
[Eterna!] God formed man of the dust of the ground, and
breathed into bis nostrils the breath of life; and man became a liv–
ing soul" (Gen. 2:7). MAN was made out of the dust of the
ground. He receives bis temporary human life from air,. breathed
in and out of bis nostrils. His
lije
is in the blood (Gen. 9:4, 6). But
the lifeblood is oxidized by breathing air, even as gasoline in the
carburetor of an automobile. Therefore breath is the "breath of
life" even as the life is in the blood.
Notice carefully that MAN, made wholly of matter, BECAME a
living soul
as soon as the BREATH gave him bis temporary physical
life. The scripture does NOT say "immortal" soul. Man does not
have
an "immortal" soul. He
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a soul as soon as physical LIFE en–
ters him.
The Hebrew word for "soul" is
nephesh.
In Genesis 1:20-24,
animals are called
nephesh
three times - only the translators