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76 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
him freely the fruit ofthe TREE OF LIFE- which symbolized God's
HoLY SPIRIT. Taking of the tree of LIFE would have done two
things: (l) opened his MIND to comprehend spiritual knowledge,
and (2) imparted within him the GIFT of God's Holy Spirit, lead–
ing to ETERNAL LIFE. But, when God explained to him the KING–
DOM
OF
Goo, Adam disbelieved what God said and disobeyed -
SINNED. Then what?
"And the [Eternal] God said, ... and now, lest he put forth
his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for
ever: Therefore the [Eternal] God sent him forth from the garden
of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove
out the man: and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden
Cherubims, anda ftaming sword which turned every way, to keep
the way ofthe tree oflife" (Gen. 3:22-24).
Now GRASP THIS, please!
Do not forget God's great PURPOSE! Through human man,
composed of material substance, God is reproducing Himself -
adding to His own holy, righteous, sinless Goo FAMILY. But God
is composed of SPIRIT. How does God
bridge the gap
between
mortal physical MAN and immortal SPIRIT-composed God?
The
very .first
human had made the wrong choice, and by SIN
rejected the GOVERNMENT OF Goo. God then drove him out ofthe
garden of Eden and blocked all possible reentry to the tree of life.
But of course God anticipated the probability of this. God's PUR–
POSE must STAND! But
HOW?
lt
now required the "second Adam" - Jesus Christ. He had
offered Himself before the world was. But He was not to come,
born human for the purpose of death, for about another 4,000
years.
God had marked out a 7,000-year period- the first 6,000 for
mankind,
cut offfrom God
(with a few exceptions), to go his own
way - to write the lesson in human suffering and anguish of living
contrary
to ÜOD'S
W
AYOF LIFE, commanded by THE GOVERNMENT
OF Goo - which Adam rejected.
This 6,000 years, with Satan still here, would be followed by a
single 1,000 years, during which CHRIST would rule, having quali–
fied to restore THE GOVERNMENT OF Goo on earth. Satan would be
totally restrained during the seventh millennium.