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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
Remember God's
PURPOSE
is to reproduce Himself! His Di–
vine children are to be
begotten
of Him and then
BORN
into His
God Family. Christ, our pioneer, was begotten by the Father in a
manner no one else ever was, when conceived by the Holy Spirit
in the virgin Mary. He was the begotten (the
ONLY
begotten, in
that manner) Son of God from human conception and birth. He is
already the
FIRSTBORN
of many brethren (Roro. 8:29), born a Son
of God by a resurrection from the dead (Roro. 1:4), as we may be
later.
To show the preeminence above angels that is already
Christ's and also is our potential, remember we are joint-heirs
with Christ, and God says of Christ, "being made so much better
than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more ex–
cellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at
any time, Thou art my Son, this day have 1 begotten thee?"
(Heb. 1:4-5.) In the book of Job angels are spoken of as sons of
God in chapters 1, 2, and 7, but only as created "sons." Still, as in
Hebrews 1, God never said to them, "You are my own
begotten
sons." But when
we
humans receive the Holy Spirit of God,
we do become His
begotten
sons and His heirs, to receive by
inheritance His
NAME -
just as my begotten sons inherited my
name.
When we are
BORN
of God, we shall
BE
Spirit. Then why did
God forro man in the first place ofmaterial substance- out ofthe
earth?
1 have partially answered that question already. Angels,
being spirit, are immortal. Those who sinned shall go on bearing
their punishment forever. Their punishment is
NOT
death. Their
punishment is loss of the g1orious opportunity God gave them to
accomplish His purpose on earth, and to live forever in the resent–
ment, bitterness, attitude of rebellion, and utter hopelessness and
frustration of mind their own sins brought upon them. Once they
perverted their own minds, they can never regain balance. Happi–
ness and joy has left them forever.
Whereas, if
MAN,
composed of matter, sinned and refused to
repent and turn from his sin, he will die the second death - he
shall utterly
PERISH
(John 3: 16)- he will be as though he had not
been (Obadiah 16). This reftects God's
MERCY.