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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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All right. The Godly character in us, 1 have stated, cannot be
created by fiat.
1t
must be developed. We must yield. We must de–
sire it, seek it. But it comes from Goo. Thus if we keep a close
daily contact with our Creator, through His Spirit and through our
spirit - for remember, His Holy Spirit "beareth witness with our
spirit, that we are the children of God" (Rom. 8: 16) - then He is
fashioning and shaping our characters. Had God made us of
Spirit, this could not be done once we had sinned.
Now, as Job brought out, we die. Afterlife comes through the
resurrection. When we die, all consciousness ceases. This is cov–
ered in chapter 12. The physical brain becomes unconscious and
decays.
With what
BODY
do we come, in the resurrection? That ques–
tion is answered in 1 Corinthians 15: "But sorne man will say,
How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they
come? ... that which thou sowest [burial in the ground], thou
sowest
NOT
that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of
wheat, or of sorne other grain: but God giveth ita body as it hath
pleased him ..." (1 Cor. 15:35-38).
The body that dies is
NOT
the same body that will come up in
the resurrection.
Now we come to a
MOST IMPORTANT
part concerning the
SPIRIT IN MAN -
which 1 have termed the "human spirit."
lt
does
not impart human life.
lt
does not see, hear or think. The
HUMAN
MAN
makes his decisions, and it is in the physical
MAN
that charac–
ter must be built.
lt
is the human
CLAY
that God forms into His
character. The
SPIRIT
in man
RECORDS
what the brain comes to
know, even the attitude, the facets of
CHARACTER,
not only of the
human brain, but also of the whole body.
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keeps the imprint
even of the fingerprints.
Compare it to a sculptor's mold. The sculptor may want to
produce a bronze statue of a man. The sculptor might use clay to
form a clay model - or plaster of parís. Then the sculptor makes a
MOLD
of the model he has formed and shaped. The mold is a hol–
low form, made from the finished model. lnto the mold is poured
molten liquid bronze, which then solidifies. The mold is removed,
and the bronze figure is an
EXACT
copy of the original model.
The spirit that is in every human acts as a
MOLD.
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PRESERVES