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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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vine Being, then composed wholly of Spirit; (2) imparts to the
human mind power to comprehend SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE- to
understand the things of God (1 Cor. 2: 11 ). Also God's Holy
Spirit imparts divine LOVE, FAITH, and POWER to overcome Satan
and sin.
This Spirit-begotten Christian now has, conditionally, the
PRESENCE OF ETERNAL LIFE- GOD LIFE- within him (or her}, but
is NOT YET an immortal SPIRIT BEING - not yet composed wholly
of SPIRIT.
He is now an
heir
of God as the son of a wealthy man is the
heir of his father- but NOT YET "born again,"- NOT YET an in–
heritor or a possessor. But IF His Holy Spirit dwells in us, God
will, at Christ's coming back to earth as King of kings, "quicken"
to immortality our mortal bodies
BY
His Spirit that dwells in us
(Rom.
8:
11; 1 Cor. 15:49-53).
Now see how the astonishing analogy continues:
Just as in human reproduction, the impregnated embryo,
which later becomes the fetus, is not yet BORN, but still being
nourished through the human mother; so the begotten Christian is
not yet
BORN into the God Family. The divine life has merely
been begotten.
Satan has managed to deceive most of fundamentalist Chris–
tianity into believing they already are "born again" on accepting
Christ.
But just as in human reproduction, when the HUMAN charac–
teristics of form and shape and the human body and brain gradu–
ally begin to form during the period of gestation, so now the
RIGHTEOUS and HOLY CHARACTER ofGod
begins
to
take
form and
GROW. Actually in many, this Divine CHARACTER may form so
slowly it seems hardly in evidence at first, except that in sorne
there will appear the glow of that ecstasy of spiritual "romance" -
which may radiate in that "first !ove" of spiritual conversíon. But,
SO far as growing Ín SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE
(ll
Pet. 3: \8) and
spiritual CHARACTER goes, most of that is still to be learned and
deve1oped.
When newly converted, one is now a spiritual "EMBRYO."
Now he must be nourished and fed on SPIRITUAL FOOD. Jesus said
man must not live by bread (physical food) alone, but by EVERY