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WORD OF Goo. The BIBLE is the written Word of God, just as
Christ is the personal Word of God. This growth is the character
development that REQUIRES TIME and comes largely by EXPERI–
Above all, it requires continua! BIBLE STUDY to show ONE's
SELF approved of God, as well as much continua! and earnest
PRAYER. When you study the Bible, ÜOD is TALKING TO YOU.
When you PRAY, you are TALKING TO HIM. You get to really
KNOW God irt this manner, just as you become better acquainted
with people by conversation.
Yet much of this spiritual character development comes
through Christian fellowship with other spiritually begotten
people in God's Church.
Further, just as the human physical embryo and fetus are
given physical nourishment through the human mother, God's
CHURCH is the spiritual MOTHER of its members. God's Church is
called "Jerusalem above, which is the MOTHER of us all"
(Gal. 4:26).
Notice the exact parallel. God has set called and chosen min–
isters in His Church to feed the ftock, "for the perfecting of the
saints, for THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY (proclaiming Christ's gos–
pel of the Kingdom of God in all the world], for the edifying of
the body [Church] of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the
faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect
man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ"
(Eph. 4: 12-13).
It is the duty ofChrist's true ministers (and how few today), to
PROTECT the begotten but yet unborn saints from false doctrines
and from false ministers!
What a wonderful picture of God's reproducing Himself is
human reproduction!
And remember God intended human reproduction to be a
FAMILY matter.
adds human children to the human FAMILY. The
HUMAN FAMILY is the exact TYPE ofthe ÜOD FAMILY. God has be–
stowed MARRIAGE and FAMILY life on
form oflife ex–
cept on HUMANS, whose potential it is to enter the FAMILY OF
consider further!
As the physical human fetus must grow