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The Mystery of Man
himself-of recreating himself, as it were, by the
supreme objective of creating the righteous divine
character ultimately in millions unnumbered begotten
and born children who shall become God beings,
members of the God family.
Man was to
the physical earth as God gave
it to him,
its creation (which sinning angels
had deliberately refused to do) and, in so doing, to
RESTORE the GOVERNMENT OF GOD, with God's WAY of life;
and further, in this very process FINISHING THE CREATION
by the development of God's holy, righteous
CHARACTER, with man's own assent.
Once this perfect and righteous character is
instilled in man, and man converted from mortal flesh to
immortal spirit, then is to come the INCREDIBLE HUMAN
POTENTIAL-man being BORN INTO the divine FAMILY of
God, restoring the government of God to the earth, and
then participating in the completion of the CREATION
over the entire endless expanse of the UNIVERSE! That
incredible potential of man will be fully explained in the
pages that follow in this volume. God shall have
reproduced HIMSELF untold millions of times over!
So, on the sixth day of that re-creation week, God
said, "Let us make man in our image, after our
likeness" (Gen. 1:26).
Man was made to have (with his assent) a special
relationship with his Maker! He was made in the form
and shape of God. He was given a spirit (essence in
form) to make the relationship possible. Much more of
that a little later.
The Soul Is Mortal
But God made MAN of MATTER! This was necessary for
the supreme accomplishment God willed.
"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the