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82 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
is that while salvation is a FREE GIFT, we are REWARDED according
to our works (Matt. 16:27). But by doing NOTHING, he lost not
ONL
Y
the reward, but he lost out on the free GIFT of eternal life.
Christ's answer to such, when He returns with the KINGDOM
OF Goo, is, "Thou wicked and slothful servant. ... Take therefore
the talent from him.... And cast ye the unprofitable servant into
outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." He
failed utterly in God's real PURPOSE - reproducing in us the holy,
righteous CHARACTER that we may receive from God.
Many have been deceived into a FALSE "salvation."
To conclude the parallel: As the physical fetus gradually de–
velops the
physica/
features, organs and characteristics one by one,
even so the begotten Christian must develop the SPIRITUAL AT–
TRIBUTES during this life, one by one,
/ove, faith, Spiritual knowl–
edge, patience, gentleness, kindness,
and
temperance.
He must be a
DOER of the Word of God. The fetus that fails to grow would die
and never be boro!
Bridging the Gap
Finally, HOW has God planned to "bridge the gap" from physical
to spiritual composition - to reproduce Himself out of PHYSICAL
HUMANS THAT COME FROM THE PHYSICAL GROUND?
First, God put IN the physical MAN a "human" spirit.
It
is
NOT, however, the human spirit that makes the decisions, comes to
repentance, or builds the character. As 1 have emphasized, this
spirit does not impart life, cannot see, hear, feel or think.
It
em–
powers the PHYSICAL MAN, through bis BRAIN, to do these things.
But this spirit RECORDS every thought - every bit of knowledge
received
through
the five senses and it records whatever character
-good or bad - that is developed in human life.
The human MANis made literally from CLAY. God is like the
master potter forming and shaping a vessel out of clay. But if the
clay is too hard, it will not bend into the form and shape he wants.
If it is too soft and moist, it lacks firmness to "STAY PUT" where
the potter bends it.
Notice in Isaiah 64:8: "But now,
O
[Eternal], thou art our
father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the
work ofthy hand."