There is much confusion about the IDENTITY, the NATURE and PURPOSE of God. Even
traditional Christianity does not really understand. The astonishing truth about
God is found in the Bible, as this lesson reveals!
GOD NOT KNOWN TODAY
In the scripture found in Isaiah 1:2-4: "Hear, 0 heavens, and give ear, 0 earth:
for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have
rebelled against me. The ox knows his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but
Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. Ah sinful nation, a people laden
with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken
the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away
backward ' " These words were directed to ancient Israel, a nation to which God had
revealed Himself by many infallible proofs and miracles. But the Israelites rebelled
against Him and forgot who and what He is. How much less do the nations today know
about who and what God is! Today, modern science does not know whether God even exists-much
less who and what He is. Neither does higher education know or teach the amazing
truth about God's reality and identity. Rather, modern education has generally accepted
the fable of evolution. Evolution is the atheist's attempt to explain the existence
of a creation without the pre-existence of a Creator. It totally excludes God from
A WORLD IN RELIGIOUS CONFUSION!
It seems utterly unbelievable, but the religions of this world do not know who or
what God is! Yet religion is the worship of God. But how can one worship what
is unknown? You live in a world of religious confusion! Among the largest of the
world's religions are Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism, Hinduism, Islam
and Christianity. The Christian religion, with its hundreds of denominations and
sects, is the largest in number of adherents. Yet not even traditional Christianity
really knows who and what God is!
One billion people-nearly a fourth of the world's population-live in China. In ancient
times the religion in China was ancestor worship. Then came Confucianism, Taoism,
and later, Buddhism. Today, communism prevails and therefore the nation is atheistic.
In India, the second largest nation in population, Hinduism if the chief religion.
Do the multiple millions of Hindus know who and what the true God is? The answer
is an astounding no! Russian Orthodox Christianity was once the predominant religion
of Russia, the third most populous nation. But now it, like China, is atheistic.
In ancient Egypt, the people worshiped Isis and Osiris-Egyptian gods corresponding
to Nimrod and his mother-wife, Semiramis. The ancient Greeks and Romans had
mythological gods such as Jupiter, Hermes, Dionysus, Zeus, Apollo, Diana and
many others. But they did not know who and what God is, and neither do their modern-day
descendants! There is a church on earth today that knows WHO and WHAT God is! That
Church was founded in A.D. 31 by Jesus Christ, and that "little flock" is still in
THE "UNKNOWN GOD" REVEALED
In Acts 17:15-34, we are told of the Apostle Paul's stay in the Greek city of Athens,
where he preached God's truth. In the first century world, the Athenians were considered
to be the intellectuals. One day, some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered
the Apostle Paul. "What will this babbler say?" queried some in ridicule (Acts 17:18).
Others said sarcastically, "He seems to be a setter forth of strange gods." These
intellectuals then brought Paul to Areopagus, the supreme educational and religious
court of Athens, located on Mars' hill. "May we know," they asked, "what this new
doctrine, whereof thou speak, is? For thou bring certain strange things to our
ears" (verses 19-20). Here were the world's most scholarly men. And Paul began preaching
the truth of God to them.
"Ye men of Athens," said the apostle forthrightly and boldly, "I perceive that in
all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your [idolatrous]
devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore
ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all things
therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with
hands; neither is worshiped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing
he gives to all life, and breath, and all things; and hath made of one blood all
nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth" (verses 22-26).
WHO is God? He is the Creator, the One who "made the world and all things therein."
Creation is the basic proof of God's existence. These Athenian Epicureans and Stoics,
like the adherents of many religions today, did not even know that. But what is the
real NATURE of the Creator God? Just WHO and WHAT is God? We need a more concrete
understanding than to merely say: "the Being who created everything."
Certainly that is the starting point , but there is much more.
Before beginning your study of this all-important subject, be sure to get your Bible
so you can look up every verse given in answer to the questions asked in this lesson.
This procedure is absolutely essential in your study of the Bible with this course.
"Study", said the Apostle Paul, "to show thyself approved unto God" (2 Tim. 2:15).
Be sure to "prove all things," as Paul exhorted the Thessalonians ( I Thess. 5:21).
Now let's begin this fascinating and revealing study of God's Word.
GOD IN PREHISTORY
If you were asked where in the Bible can one find the earliest account of the existence
of God, you would probably say: "Why, in the very first verse of the Bible, Genesis
1:1, of course." Wouldn't that be right? Wrong!
Let's begin this study by going back in time into prehistory, before the existence
of the material universe.
1. Where, in the time-order of God's existence, is the earliest revelation of WHO
and WHAT God is? John 1: 1 -3.
Comment: The Greek word translated into English as "Word" in John 1: 1 is Logos.
It means spokesman, or one who speaks, and is the name of a divine Being.
2. Was the Word made flesh? Verse 14. Did He live on earth as a human being Same
verse and Matthew 1:23. Is He the only begotten son of God the Father? John 1:
1 once again.
Comment: The Word is a divine Being who was made flesh and blood nearly 2,000 years
ago. He became the human Jesus Christ! He was begotten by God who through this
very begettal, became His Father.
But at the prehistoric time described in John 1:1, the Word was not yet the Son of
God and God was not yet His Father. He was made God’s Son later, through being
miraculously begotten by God and born of the virgin Mary as a human being.
Jesus' begettal by God the Father was unique in the history of the world. Mary,
His mother, was the only virgin who has ever conceived a child whose father was God!
In the sense, Jesus is the "only begotten" Son of the Father. So at the prehistoric
time described in John 1:1-3, we find revealed the existence only two divine Beings.
One is God. And with God is another Being who also is God the One who was later
begotten and born as Jesus Christ.
3. Hebrews chapter 7 sheds more light on the pre-existence of Jesus Christ Speaking
of Melchizedek, who was "King of righteousness" and "King of Salem" (which later
became known as Jerusalem) in the days of Abraham, we are told that He was the High
Priest of God Most High. Had Melchizedek also existed from eternity? Heb. 7:3.
the risen Jesus Christ our eternal High Priest today? Heb. 6:20; 7:25-27.
Comment: Since Melchizedek was without descent, was "like unto the Son of God," and
abides as High Priest forever, and since Jesus Christ is now our eternal High Priest,
Melchizedek and Christ (the Word) are one and the same divine Being! Christ, when
He was the Word, was an immortal Being who had always existed. There had never been
a time when he did not exist-He was literally without "beginning of days." He was
then "like" the Son of God, but He was not yet the Son of God. He was God, along
with God who became the Father. Both members of the God Family have existed eternally
(Ps. 90:2; Heb. 1:8,10-12; I Tim 1: 17). It is impossible for our finite human minds
to understand how these Beings could have always existed, but neither can we really
understand what electricity is. Yet we know electricity exists and is very real!
4. Exactly why did the Word-the second member of the God Family- become a
flesh-and-blood human being? John 3:16; Rom. 5:6-10; Heb. 2:9-10.
Comment: Jesus was both human and divine. God was His Father and Mary was His mother.
He was both the "Son of God" and the "son of man." He was born of the virgin Mary
so that, as a human, he could die for the sins of all mankind.
As the Son of God and as the Creator of the entire universe and all of mankind (John
1:3; Eph. 3:9), Christ's life was worth more than all other human lives combined!
Therefore, He could pay the death penalty of sin for the entire human race, so that
others could receive God's Spirit and ultimately be born into the Family of God and
become Christ's younger brothers (Rom. 8:29; Heb. 2:11).
WHAT DOES GOD LOOK LIKE?
1. In whose image and likeness did God made man? Gen. 1:26. Can we therefore
conclude that both members of the God Family look like a man? Same verse.
Comment: We know what form and shape a man has. Since Adam was created in the "image"
of God, after His "likeness," God therefore has the form and shape of a man. The
Bible reveals that God has a face, torso, arms, legs, hands, fingers, feet and toes.
2. Recall that the Word of the God Family became flesh and blood and lived
on the earth. Did Jesus look so much like other men in His community that He had
to be specially pointed out to be identified? Matt. 26:47-49.
3. Whom did Jesus tell Philip that the Father in heaven looked like? John 14:9.
4. Even though God the Father looks like a man, what is He composed of? John 4:24.
Is He therefore invisible to human eyes? I Tim. 1: 17.
5. Are the Father's and Christ's appearances described as glorious? John 17:5.
What does Jesus, after His resurrection and restoration to former glory, look like?
Comment: If we could see both God the Father and Christ the Son as they appear today
in their glorified state in heaven, their faces would be as bright as the SUN in
full strength! Their eyes would be like flames of fire, their feet like burnished
brass and their hair as white as snow!
GOD IS A FAMILY, NOT A LIMITED "TRINITY"
We have learned that two Supreme Beings-God and the Word-have always existed. But
what about the generally accepted Trinity doctrine of traditional Christianity? According
to this teaching, God is composed of three divine Beings: the Father, Son and Holy
Do you know how the Trinity concept entered the Christian-professing world? It most
emphatically did not come from the Bible!
We read in Revelation 12:9 that all nations have been deceived by Satan the devil.
It seems incredible that Satan not only could have deceived the whole world, but
also "Christianity"-the very religion bearing Christ's name and claiming to be His
religion. Yet. paradoxically, Satan did! How did he introduce the false doctrine
of the Trinity? Satan's deception was accomplished through a great false church,
which was started in A.D. 33 by a man named Simon, who is mentioned in the eighth
chapter of Acts. Simon was the leader of the pagan Babylonian mystery religion
in Samaria. Two years after Jesus Christ founded the Church of God, the deacon Philip,
who later became an evangelist, went to Samaria and preached Christ's Gospel there.
Simon, a sorcerer who had bewitched the people of that region, came with the crowd
to hear what Philip had to say.
1. Did all the people of Samaria follow Simon? Acts 8:9-1 1. Had he deceived them
into believing he was a man of God? Verse 10.
2. But when these same people believed Philip, who was preaching Christ and the Kingdom
of God, were they baptized? Acts 8:12. Was Simon also baptized? Verse 13.
3. When the apostles Peter and John came to Samaria to lay hands on the newly baptized
for the receiving of the Holy Spirit, did Simon try to buy from them what he thought
was the power to impart the Spirit of God? Acts 8:18-19. Did Peter recognize that
although Simon had been baptized along with a number of others, his attitude was
totally wrong, and that he only desired to gain more power and further exalt himself
in the eyes of the people? Verses 20-23.
Comment: Peter strongly rebuked Simon for his evil intentions. But Simon refused
to repent, as indicated by his merely asking Peter to pray for him (verse 24). Desiring
to exalt himself among the people, Simon proclaimed himself an apostle. appropriated
the name of Christ and began calling his pagan Babylonian mystery religion "Christianity"
He accepted the doctrine of "grace" for the forgiveness of sin (which the pagan religions
had never taught), but then turned grace into license to disobey God (Jude 4). He
planned to turn his pagan religion, now under the name "Christianity," into a universal
religion, and to use this as a means of eventually gaining political rule of the
world! Simon's religion grew rapidly. About 20 years later, the Apostle Paul indicates
that much of the Middle East had turned from the true Gospel to a clever counterfeit
! (Galatians 1:6-7). But how did the Trinity doctrine become stamped upon the counterfeit
Christianity started by Simon? In A.D. 325, the Roman Emperor Constantine called
the Nicene Council to settle several religious controversies, which included arguments
about belief in a Trinity. Constantine was not then yet a "Christian," but as political
ruler he assumed control of the church. The religious council approved the Trinity
doctrine. Constantine then made this teaching law throughout the empire. But he
was not able to make it the TRUTH! The word "trinity" is not found anywhere in the
Bible. That is because God is not a Trinity!
Recall from our studies with Lesson 8 that the false doctrine of the Trinity was
further promoted by the addition of uninspired wording to I John 5:7-8. Those words
were a by editors to the Latin Vulgate translation probably in the early fourth century.
There is a definite reason why Satan, the arch deceiver, wanted this false doctrine
introduced into this world's Christianity. The Trinity doctrine is his clever attempt
to completely do away with the heart and core of the Gospel Jesus Christ preached
"Gospel of the Kingdom of God." It limits the number of members of the God Kingdom
or Family to only three-with no possibility of expansion! Jesus' Gospel is the message
He brought to mankind from God the Father-the news of the Kingdom or Family of God
coming to rule the earth. That is the one above all else Satan wants to hide from
the eyes of man' Through the Trinity doctrine, as well as other false doctrines,
Satan has thoroughly deceived traditional Christianity, believe it or not! Notice
the candid admission of one world famous evangelist who teaches the doctrine: "When
I first began to study the Bible years ago, the doctrine of the Trinity was one of
the most complex problems I had to encounter. I have never fully resolved it, for
it contains an aspect of mystery... To explain and illustrate the Trinity is one
of the most difficult assignments." The reason it is so difficult is because it simply
is not true!
4. Does Genesis 1:1 speak of one God?
Comment: "in the beginning God..." was written by Moses in the Hebrew language.
The English word "God" is translated from the Hebrew word Elohim-a plural noun.
It, like the words "family," "team" and "church", denotes more than one component
forming a whole. God is NOT a Trinity. God is a Family composed of the TWO Personages
mentioned in John 1:1. However, the God Family will not always be composed of only
two divine Beings. God is in the process of expanding His divine Family! Many thousands
have already been begotten by God's Spirit, and will soon be born into His Family
(either by a resurrection from the dead or an instantaneous change to immortality)
at the return of Jesus Christ. Still later, thousands of millions will eventually
be born into the Family of God!
Jesus Christ, by His resurrection, was born a divine Son of God (Rom. 1:4). But
He is only the firstborn of MANY BRETHREN who will also be born into the God Family
(Rom. 8:29). God the Father is the divine Father of the GOD Family, and when we who
are now the Spirit-begotten sons of God are BORN into His divine Family at Christ's
return, we shall be like God (I John 3:2), for we shall then be the Spirit-born Sons
GOD IS THE CREATOR
1. Did God create all things by Jesus Christ (the Word)? John 1:3; Eph. 3:9; Col.
1:15-17; Heb. 1:2, 10.
2. How did the Word create the universe and everything that exists? Ps. 33:6-9;
148:1-5; 104:30; Gen. 1:1-3. Does God the Father, as the Supreme Creator, tell Christ
what to do? John 8:28-29. And does Christ always obey? Same verses.
Comment: Christ at all times does what His Father tells Him to do. When creating
all things, He spoke, as the workman, and the Holy Spirit was the power through which
all that Jesus commanded was accomplished.
3. But matter-the earth, stars and galaxies-was not the first thing God created.
What does the Bible reveal was created before the material universe? Job 38:4-7.
Comment: In verse 7 the biblical terms "morning stars" and "sons of God" refer to
angels. Notice that Revelation 12:4-9 speaks figuratively of the angels who followed
Satan in his rebellion as the "stars of heaven." In Isaiah 14:12, we learn that Satan,
before he sinned, is referred to as "Lucifer, son of the morning" or "Day Star" (see
margin of most Bibles).
In Job 1:6 we read that when the "sons of God" (angels) presented themselves to God,
Satan came among them. Angels here are referred to as "sons of God" only in the
sense that God is their Creator. There is no father-son relationship as Jesus has
with God the Father. Angels were not begotten and born of God, as was Jesus (Heb.
1:5)-they were created. Angels are individually created beings. They can never be
begotten by God the Father through His Holy Spirit or be born into His Family as
humans can. (Recall that the subjects of spiritual begettal and birth have been thoroughly
explained in previous lessons.) But angels shall forever remain the "sons of God"
in the sense that God created each angel a separate, spirit being.
And so we find that the angels, who had been created previously, were shouting for
joy at the creation of the earth. How many angels God created and how long ago,
He does not reveal. The next lesson will reveal much more about the creation, purpose
and activities of the angels.
4. Was the entire material universe created at the same time as the earth? Genesis.
Comment: Genesis 1:1 speaks of God creating the heavens and the earth. In the Authorized
(King James) Version, the singular form of the word "heaven" is used. But other
translations render the original Hebrew in the plural form-"heavens"-implying
that the entire material universe was created simultaneously with the
A PERFECT CREATION BECOMES RUINED!
We have learned that the two all-powerful, divine Beings, composing the nucleus of
the God Family, created the entire universe, including man. Just as human beings
think, plan and design before starting to build or construct, so these
two Super-beings thought, planned and designed the entire creation.
The angels whom God created were so filled with joy and happiness that they "sang
together" and "shouted for joy" when the earth was created (Job 38:7)
1 . In addition to the creation of angels, the earth and the heavens, did God also
create all kinds of administration? Col. 1:16.
2. Did the beautiful and majestic earth become waste and empty, chaotic and in confusion
as a result of Lucifer's sin? Gen. 1:2.
Comment: The Hebrew words for "without form and void" are tohu and bohu, which mean
"chaotic and in confusion," "waste and empty."
The words tohu and bohu are also used in Jeremiah 4:23, Isaiah 24:10 and Isaiah 34:1
1. In each of these scriptures the condition of chaos and confusion was a result
3. In Genesis 1:2 we find the earth in chaos and confusion. Is that the way God
created it? Isaiah. 45:18.
Comment: The Hebrew word translated "in vain" in Isaiah 45:18 is tohu. This is
the identical word used in Genesis 1:2, meaning confusion, emptiness or waste-in
this case a result of rebellion against God's government and His Law. In Isaiah 45:18
we have the plain statement that God created the earth NOT "tohu', that is NOT in
confusion, NOT in disorder. But in Genesis 1:2, the earth "was," or the earth became
-as it ought to be translated-chaotic and in confusion!
4. What does Genesis 19:26 tell us that further proves the earth became different
from what it was when originally created by God?
Comment: The same Hebrew word translated "was" in Genesis 1:2 is translated "became"
in Genesis 19:26. There it clearly refers to a changed condition. So the word
“was” in Genesis 1:2 denotes a condition that was different from a former condition.
In other words, the earth "become" something it had not always been before. The
Rotherham translation of Genesis 1:2 reads as follows: "Now the earth had become
waste and wild ' " It hadn't always been that way!
God did not create the earth in a state of confusion, topsy-turvy and chaotic. I
Corinthians 14:33 states that "God is not the author of confusion." But the devil
is ! God is the author of peace, of order and of law. God would not have created
the earth in disorder, chaos and in confusion just to straighten it out. That doesn't
5. After the destruction of the earth's surface resulting from the sin of the fallen
angels, did God then recreate the surface of the earth and make it habitable for
plant, animal and human life? Ps. 104:30. Also read the entire first chapter of
Genesis, noticing especially verse 26.
Comment: After Lucifer's rebellion caused the ruination of a perfect earth, God
set out to renew the surface of the earth, making it a place fit for human life.
God then undertook the most stupendous creation of all-that of reproducing Himself
through human beings! The ultimate creation of God Beings as members of His divine
Family, superior to angels, will be the crowning pinnacle of God's creative power-the
zenith of all divine accomplishment! God producing Himself is a project so transcendently
and incredibly awesome it is hard for the human mind to grasp. The great God-who
is self-existent, before all else, Creator of all else-is in the process of reproducing
Himself, creating what will ultimately be millions of others like Himself. God's
Sons will each be divine, powerful and perfect in character-each by his own free
choice perfectly likeminded with the Father, having so set himself that he will not-cannot-sin!
(I John 3:9). To accomplish this incredibly awesome feat, God first made man from
the dust of the ground in His own "likeness". This was so that humans, upon God's
call to repentance and begetal by the Holy Spirit, could begin to develop the character
of God while still flesh and blood. Then, at the resurrection, they will be changed
to immortality and given powerful spirit-composed bodies like that of the Creator
6. After God's plan for humanity is complete, will He then create new heavens and
a new earth? Isaiah. 65:17; Rev. 21:1-5.
Comment: The chaos caused by Lucifer's rebellion can be seen throughout our solar
system. Apparently the rest of our galaxy and the entire universe have been affected
as well. But God will one day make all things new! In the meantime, God has made
the earth a habitable place for man. Yet, He has allowed the devastation, clearly
visible on other planets (as evidenced by photos of pockmarked landscapes taken by
deep space probes) and in space debris, to remain as mute testimony to the results
of SIN-of going contrary to God's government and His way of life.
7. Did Isaiah clearly indicate that the government of God will expand not
only on the earth, but eventually to other parts of our galaxy and even throughout
the universe? Isaiah. 9:6-7.
Comment: God promises there will be no end to the increase of His government! Peace,
harmony, happiness and eternal joy will spread throughout the universe. But only
those who develop God's righteous character and are born into His divine Family will
become part of His government, prophesied to soon be restored on this earth.
DUALITY PRINCIPLE IN CREATION
1. When Jesus Christ returns to earth, will He restore all things, including the
government and Law of God over all the world? Acts 3:20-21; Isaiah. 2:2-3; 11:9.
Comment: The government of God leads those under it into God's way of life, which
is the way of His Law. It is the way that develops righteous, holy and perfect character.
It is the way that produces peace, harmony, happiness, joy and abundance. It is
the way of love. Therefore the government of God must, and will, be restored on
earth! That is uppermost in God's mind.
2.What was the first step in God's plan to restore His government on the earth? Turn
to and read Genesis 1:26 once again.
Comment: God created man to have rule over the earth. God's purpose in creating
man was to:
1) restore the government of God upon the earth;
2) complete the physical creation of earth, which the evil angels had turned to
ruin because of the war in heaven;
3) in the process, complete the creation of man by developing righteous spiritual
character in him ;and
4) establish the Kingdom of God, which will become composed of countless divine
God Beings, who will eventually finish the creation of the vast universe.
This supreme purpose required that man reject Satan's way and embrace God's way of
love, based on God's spiritual Law. It required that man first be made of matter
so that if he was led into Satan's way he could be changed-"converted" to God's way
of love through repentance, baptism and the receiving of the Holy Spirit. Because
physical matter is constantly changing and therefore capable of further change.
After creating Adam and Eve, their Maker-who is the Source of all wisdom and knowledge-instructed
them in the government and Law of God. (The account in Genesis chapter 2 reveals
only a very
condensed summary of God's instruction.) Satan was restrained from any contact with
them until God first had taught them what they needed to know.
3.What was some of the most important knowledge God revealed to Adam and Eve? Gen.
Comment: In the gloriously beautiful Garden of Eden, in which God placed Adam and
Eve, were two trees with great symbolic meaning. One was the "tree of life." Taking
its fruit, freely offered by God, symbolized obedience and faithfulness to God's
Law of outgoing love. Partaking of its fruit also symbolized receiving the gift
of God's Holy Spirit, which spiritually begets one into God's Family. Spiritual understanding
would also be granted through the Holy Spirit.
The other tree with great symbolic meaning was the "tree of the knowledge of good
and evil ' " Taking its fruit would be taking to themselves the knowledge of what
is good and what is evil-of deciding for themselves what is right and what is wrong.
This, of course, meant the rejection of God's Law, which defines right and wrong.
And this would result in death!
4. Did Adam, the first man, qualify to replace Satan as earth's ruler? Gen. 3:1-6,
Comment: The glorious archangel Lucifer, as God originally created him, was the
pinnacle of God's creative power in a single being. Few today remotely realize Satan's
great power, now turned to cunning deception.
The wily devil got to Adam through his wife, Eve. He did not say, "Choose my way."
Appearing to her as a serpent, he said, "Choose your own way' " cleverly deceiving
her. Adam, who was not deceived, nevertheless chose to follow Satan's way also.
And mankind ever after has followed the way of Satan. Adam thus failed to restore
God's government and failed to replace Satan as a ruler of the world.
But God is now in the process, as understood by the duality principle of creation,
of creating more God Beings for His Family. God realized that if a third of the
angels could choose the way that resulted in evil character, it left Him and the
other member of the God Family as the only Beings in existence who could be relied
upon to never deviate from His government and His Law-His way of life.
God realized He needed thousands of millions of perfect and righteous beings, ruled
by His government, to complete in beauty, majesty and glory not only the other planets
of our solar system, but also of our Milky Way galaxy, and the countless other galaxies
of the vast, limitless universe. So, about 4,000 years after Adam's sin, came the
next phase of God's awesome purpose of reproducing Himself into billions of God Beings!
5. Notice now the duality principle with regard to Jesus Christ. How is Jesus
referred to in 1 Corinthians 15:45?
Comment: The "first" Adam was the first man, created by God from the dust of the
ground. The second or "last Adam" was Jesus, who also was made flesh and blood,
but who became an immortal being by a resurrection, thus completing in Himself the
second phase-the spiritual phase-of God's creation of mankind. In God's Master
Plan for His spiritual creation of mankind, it had been determined by God and the
Word that the Word would in due time divest Himself of His supreme glory and be born
as the human Jesus Christ. This would make possible the spiritual phase of the creation
of man-God reproducing Himself- God creating in man His very own holy, righteous
and perfect character! What a marvellous plan for the ultimate in creative accomplishment
How great is our God in mind, purpose, planning, designing as well as creating-from
the tiniest germ to the greatest sun, and ultimately, other God Beings! The incredible
human potential is that the great majestic God is, in man reproducing Himself. Man
can literally be born into the God Family!
6. Did Jesus Christ, the second Adam, qualify to replace Satan and restore God's
government on earth? Matt. 4:1 -11; 28:18.
Comment: Christ qualified to be the Supreme King over all the earth by overcoming
Satan's way and obeying God perfectly. He will depose Satan and restore God's government
when He returns. But in the meantime, He is acting as our High Priest, helping us
to qualify as with Him-helping us to resist Satan and to build righteous character
in preparation for our future spiritual birth into the God Family.
7. How did Jesus speak of this spiritual birth? John 3:3-8.
Comment: Once again we see the duality principle in action in describing the creation
of Sons of God. Man's first birth is into the human family, which is composed of
flesh and blood. His second birth will be into the divine Family of God, which
is composed of spirit, and which possesses perfect, holy, righteous character!
GOD'S CHARACTER REVEALED
Why is it so important for us to know who and what God is? Because God's glorious
purpose for our existence is that we ultimately become like Him!
When God formed Adam out of the dust of the ground, he was made in the "likeness"-the
outward form and shape-of GOD Himself. This unique form and shape was given to man
alone. At his creation, man was also given the gift of intellect-the ability to
think, to reason, to make choices and decisions. This God-like attribute of mind
and character was not given to any animal. Man possesses these unique characteristics
and abilities because he was created with the potential he become like God! Our purpose
in human life, then, is that we grow in God's character. But what, exactly, is the
character of God?
The character of both God the Father and Christ the Son is that of spiritual holiness,
righteousness and absolute perfection. That character can be summed up in the word
love, defined as an out-flowing concern for others. It is the way of "give," of
serving, helping, sharing-the opposite of the "get" way of Satan the devil.
Since God possesses perfect, righteous character, He will never sin! God will not
go contrary to the perfect, holy, spiritual law He set in living, active, inexorable
motion to cause and produce all good. God has so set His will that He cannot sin,
or transgress His Law (I John 3:9).
1. How does the Bible define the nature and character of God? I John 4:8, 16. What
is the love of God? I John 5:3.
Comment: The spiritual Law of God enables us to know what God is like because it
describes His character, which is summed up by the word LOVE!
2. How did Jesus summarize the Law of God? Matt. 22:36-40.
Comment: God's Law is further defined in the two Great Commandments: LOVE to God
and LOVE to neighbour. God's Law is further divided into ten points by the Ten Commandments.
The first four tell us how to love God, and the last six tell us how to love our
neighbour-all fellow human beings.
3. What very important thing was Jesus prophesied to do regarding God's Law? Isaiah.
42:21. What are two examples of how Jesus "magnified" the Ten Commandments? Matt.5:21-22,
Comment: When a spiritual "magnifying glass," so to speak, is put on the Ten Commandments,
they are enlarged in spiritual principle into many more points. And in a larger
sense, the entire Bible is a magnification of God's Law. The Law is the basis of
all Scripture. It defines God's way of life-the way to peace, success, happiness,
joy and eternal life. Notice how like God His Law really is.
4. Is the Law of God good? Rom. 7:12.
5. Is the Law of God just? Same verse.
6. Is the Law of God holy? Same verse.
7. Is the Law of God spiritual? Verse 14.
8. Is the law of God perfect? Ps. 19:7.
9. Will the character of God ever change? Mal. 3:6; Heb. 13:8. Therefore,
is the Law of God- including all His commandments-unchanging and eternal, standing
fast forever and ever: Ps. 111:7-8.
Comment: God is eternal and so is His Law, for the Law expresses the very character,
the very nature, of God!
10. What are some of the divine characteristics or "fruits" of God's nature that
begin to be exhibited by God's children after their begettal by His Spirit? Gal.
5:22-23; 2 Tim. 1:7.
The previous four lessons of the Bible Course reveal the ways and means by which
God creates His perfect, sinless character within those He has called. (You'll find
it profitable to review these lessons after completing this lesson.) Lesson 9 shows
that those who have been developing evil character by sinning (and all, except Christ,
have sinned - Rom. 3:23), must first repent of having broken God's holy, righteous
Law. Then they must be baptized "for the remission of sins" (Acts 2:38), as Lesson
10 thoroughly explains.
Next, God's Word promises that those who repent of their sins and are baptized will
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit from God, granting them the spiritual power and
understanding necessary for righteous character development. Lesson 11 covers this
subject in great detail.
Lesson 12 shows how Christians, who have thus been begotten by the Spirit of God,
are to be developing and growing in God's holy, righteous character. Spiritual character
growth results from following God's way of life as revealed in the Bible. Lesson
12 explains what God's way-the Christian way of life-is all about.
Finally, at the resurrection to eternal life, the supreme masterpiece of God's creation
will have been finished! Those whom God has called and who have voluntarily chosen
to work with their Creator in completing His supreme creation within them while flesh
and blood will at last be a "finished" creation- created in God's own spiritual "image"
with His perfect, righteous, holy character-eternal members of His divine ruling