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The Mystery of Man
Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But
every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits;
afterward ... " (two other resurrections revealed in
Revelation 20:11-13 are not covered in I Corinthians 15).
Those called in the millennium, and those in the
Great White Throne resurrection and judgment, shall
NOT have Satan, then, to overcome.
How WONDERFUL are God's ways-even though
hidden now from most of humanity bringing so much
suffering on themselves! As the apostle Paul exclaimed:
"0 the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and
knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments,
and his ways past finding out!" (Rom. 11:33).
In MAN, God is reproducing himself! The word for
God in Genesis 1:1 is
Elohim
in the original Hebrew.
It
is a name, like church or family or group. God said, "Let
us"-not ME-"make man in OUR image." God truly is a
family into which we,
literally,
may be born!
WHAT, then, is man? He is a living being made from
the dust of the ground. He is CLAY, and GoD is the
Master Potter, molding, shaping, forming our CHARAC–
TER-if we respond when he calls and draws us to him.
With our willingness he is infusing into us HIS VERY OWN
SPIRITUAL HOLY, RIGHTEOUS and PERFECT CHARACTER!
WHY is man? God created man on the earth to build
in us what the sinning angels refused to let God build in
them-his perfect CHARACTER! He is, in his time-order
and way, developing us to become VERY GoD-each of
us-and to finish the creation of the unfinished
UNIVERSE! But, for NOW, we still live in this deceived
world led by Satan.
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