You Were Born to Rule!
The Good News, in conjunction with the Correspondence Course
Department, presents brief excursions into the study of the Bible,
delving into topics relevant to the development of future members of
the God Family. Bible study is one means by which Christians are
renewed daily (II Cor. 4:16), so let's refresh ourselves with more of
the precious truths of God's Word!
Instructions: The format of these ministudies is similar to that of the
Ambassador College Bible Correspondence Course. Look up and read in
your Bible the scripture references given in answer to the questions.
Comments following the questions elaborate on the scriptures just read.
That's all there is to it! (These studies are based on the King James
Version of the Bible, unless otherwise stated )
Why were you born? What is the purpose for human life? Why are we here?
Where are we going, and what will we do when we get there?
The Bible reveals that you were born for a tremendous purpose. But few
really grasp the magnitude of the awesome future God offers mankind.
Believe it or not, you were born to rule!
Just as surely as Prince Charles of England was born into Britain's
royal family to be a king, you are destined, when "born again" into the
universe-ruling Family of God, to reign as an even greater and eternal
king. Incredible as it may sound, your Bible reveals that you were born
to ultimately help rule the universe
To fully understand God's incredible purpose for humankind, we need to
go back to the first chapter of Genesis.
1. What do the very first words of the Bible tell us about God?
The original Hebrew word
translated God in verse 1 is Elohim. Elohim is a uniplural or
collective noun, like the words church, family and kingdom. In other
words, the term Elohim stands for a group composed of two or more
individuals. Elohim in Genesis 1:1 means the God Kingdom or Family.
2. But who are the individuals presently composing
Elohim? John 1:1-2. Was it the "Word" who created all things?
What did the Word later become? Verse 14. Who, then, is the
Word? Eph. 3:9. And who is the other divine member of the God Family? I
John 1:1 and Genesis 1:1
take us back to the same time in prehistory — to the original creation
of the universe. Both verses reveal that the two supreme beings
composing the God Family created all things.
The Greek word translated
into English as Word in John 1:1 is Logos. It means "spokesman" or "one
who speaks." It was actually the Logos — the Spokesman, the Word of the
God Family — who "spake, and it [the creation] was done" by the power
of the Spirit of God (Ps. 33:6-9, 104:30). And so everything was
created and made by the divine being who later became the human Jesus
Nearly 2,000 years ago
this same divine personage was begotten in the virgin Mary's womb by
God who, through this miraculous begettal, became His Father. Yet at
that prehistoric time of John 1:1 the Word was not yet the Son of God.
He was "made" God's Son later, through being begotten or sired by God
and born of Mary as a human being.
3. Is the God Family eternal, or ever living? Ps.
Both members of the
Godhead have always existed, though our finite human minds can't quite
understand how. Neither can we quite understand what electricity is,
yet we know electricity exists.
But what does all of this have to do with your being born to rule?
Everything! For God is even now in the process
His universe-ruling Family. And
you can become a member of that
eternal, spirit-composed Family.
4. After whose "image" and "likeness" was man
created? Gen. 1:26-27.
In God's pattern for all
life, kind reproduces like kind. And just as each created form of plant
or animal life reproduces after its own kind, so humans reproduce
humans. But unlike any of the animals God created, man was created in
God's own "image" and "likeness." God made man like Himself — same form
and shape. And He is now in the process of creating man after His own
Notice again what God said in Genesis 1:26: "Let us make man in our
image." The original Hebrew here indicates far more than merely the
outward form and shape of God. "Image" also refers to mind and
character. God intended for man, to whom He gave the gift of a
thinking, reasoning mind, to develop the very mind and character of God.
The attributes of human mind and character truly make man God's unique
physical creation. God has shared some of His own qualities with human
beings and expects us to develop the "image" of God's perfect mind and
Simply stated, God is reproducing Himself. All human beings, past,
present and future, have the awesome potential to become God's literal
children — members of God's own divine Family.
5. Is God still in the process of forming and
molding man as a potter works with clay? Isa. 64:8. Did Job realize God
was forming a special creation in his life?
Notice the latter part of
verse 15: "Thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands." The
"work" was Job. Job knew he was a piece of divine workmanship in the
hands of the Master Potter.
6. Are the Spirit-begotten children of God clearly being
fashioned by God for a specific purpose? Eph. 2:10.
"We" in New Testament
language usually refers to God's Spirit-begotten children, as Paul
intended in verse 10. God's begotten sons are His "workmanship." They
are being "created in Christ Jesus unto good works."
God, through the power of the Holy Spirit He has put into His children
(after their repentance and
baptism), is forming
in His people His perfect spiritual character. With their
obedient cooperation, He is creating in them His own character-image.
He is creating them to be the supreme masterpiece of all His works of
creation — individuals who will ultimately be capable of exercising the
awesome powers of the God Family.
And so man, the material creation, is only the first phase of this
creative process. The clay model has to be fashioned by experience, and
with the aid of God's Holy Spirit, into the finished spiritual
masterpiece possessing the very character of God.
An analogy of this process would be a caterpillar going through a
metamorphosis and emerging as a beautiful butterfly. Humans must
undergo a spiritual metamorphosis or change into perfect, spiritual
members of the divine Family ot God.
7. Does God plainly show that it is His purpose to
expand His divine Family by bringing many sons into it? Heb. 2:9-10,
Rev. 21:7. Isn't Jesus Christ actually the first of many sons of God?
Rom. 8 29, Col. 1:18.
To be conformed to the
image of Christ means to become like Him — to be glorified as He is
glorified — to be part of the divine Family of God as much as Christ
8. But what must happen to flesh and blood human
beings before they can enter God's Family? I Cor.
15:49 53, John 3:3-8.
Jesus said we must be
'born again" — changed into spirit. Yes, born again — this time born of
the Spirit of God as divine Sons in the Family of God!
Next month we'll study more about this incredibly wonderful
truth. And we'll see what life as powerful spiril beings will be like,
living and working with Jesus Christ and other born-again members of
God's universe-ruling Family.