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86 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
The Spirit MOLD
1 have shown you that the Scriptures picture man as the clay -
which he literally is- and Godas our Potter. We might call God,
also, our SCULPTOR, for with our submission and eager willing–
ness, we are the WORK OF H1s HANDS in spiritual and character
development. As Job said, "lf a man die, shall he live again? All
the days of my appointed time will
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wait till my CHANGE come.
Thou shalt call, and
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will answer thee [in the resurrection]: thou
wilt have a desire to
the work ofthine hands"(Job
14: 14-15).
This brings us to the question of death of the physical MAN,
and the resurrection - Job called it the "CHANGE" - into the
Kingdom of God.
Now notice, as quoted before, 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."
God could not form, shape,
change,
and develop His charac–
ter in us - once we had
sinned,
as all have - had we been made
ofSpirit.
Notice further: "Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it,
What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?" (lsa. 45:9.)
Another passage of scripture so often misapplied says: "For
by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it
[the faith] is the gift of God: not of works" (Eph. 2:8-9). We do
not
earn
salvation by good works or gain it by works - BUT
when
we receive it as God's GIFT,
the degree of reward
will be according
to our "works" (Matt. 16:27)- performance in living Goo's WAY
-building character.
But now read the rest of this passage which is nearly always
purposely omitted by those Misleading people on this point:
" ... not of works" ... WHY?... "lest any man should boast.
For
we are HJS WORKMANSHJP,
created in Christ Jesus UNTO
GOOD WORKS,
which God hath before ordained that we should walk
in them"
(Eph. 2:9-10).
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have tried to point out that we must gain contact with God
and that HE is the potter - or sculptor - fashioning. molding, and
shaping our lives and righteous character into His CHARACTER IM–
AGE,
AS WE DES/RE AND YIELD.