Godcreatedhumanbeingsforanawe-inspiringpurpose. But few have ever understood
that purpose! The Bible reveals man's incredible potential. It shows how God is
working out His glorious purpose on earth!
Let'ssupposeyouhavejustwonanall-expense-paidtrip.Wouldn'tyouwanttoknowwhereyouaregoing, how you'll get there, and as much as possible about the trip
itself?Ourpresentmortallifecanbecomparedtoajourney. Yet,howmanyknow-orhaveeverthoughtaboutthe possibility-that God has something to say about our journey?God, in fact, reveals through His inspired Word the incredible destination of our
journey! He gives us the itineraryforthetrip,andtellsusthemarvellousthingswe'lldowhenwegetthere.Buttosuccessfullycomplete our journey, we must carefully
follow the travel plans He has laid out for us.Exactly what is the exciting destination,
or destiny, of mankind-the tremendous future God has planned for you?
MAN TO HAVE DOMINION
KingDavidofancientIsraelmusedaboutGod'spurposeforman.Heobservedthestarryheavens,andwas inspired to write: "O LORD ... when I consider thy heavens, the
work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man,
that thou are mindful of him?" (Ps. 8:1, 3-4).From several thousand feet up, men
look like tiny insignificant ants! Yes, why should God be concerned about puny man?The connection between man and the stars began to be revealed to David, for he continues:
"For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with
glory andhonour."HowdidGoddothis? "Youmadehimtohavedominionovertheworksofthyhands;thouhasputallthingsunderhisfeet;all sheep and oxen, yea, and
the beasts of the field; the fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever
passes through the paths of the seas" (verses 5-8).David here refers to man's "dominion"
or rule as that over which God gave mankind authority when Adam wascreated. Thisincludesthesolidearth,theatmosphere,theseaandallthecreaturesGodcreated(Gen.1:26-28).There are, in part or in whole, under man's jurisdiction at the present
THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
But in the New Testament scripture, written much later, a far greater destiny and
dominion for man is revealed!
InthebookofHebrews,weread:"Foruntotheangelshathhe[God]notputinsubjectiontheworldtocome, whereofwespeak"(Heb.2:5). Thethemeofthefirsthalfofthischapteris"theworldtocome:"-the Millennium and thereafter!
Then, beginning with verse 6, is a quotation from verses 4-6 of Psalm 8. Again, the
writer of the book of Hebrews shows that God has now placed the solid earth, the
earth's atmosphere, the sea and all living things underman. Butthewriterisinspiredtoseesomethinginfinitelymoreprofoundthatistohappentomaninthe world to
ThisrevealedknowledgeofGod'spurposeformankind-ofman'sincredible,awesomepotential-staggersthe imagination!Scienceknowsnothingofit.Highereducationisinutterignoranceofit.Andcertainlynoreligion of this world knows it.
Continuing in this passage in Hebrews, beginning as it leaves off quoting Psalm 8,
the awesome human potentialisrevealed:"Thouhasputallthingsinsubjectionunderhis[man's]feet.Forinthathe[God]putallin subjection under him [man], he
[God] left nothing that is not put under him" (Heb. 2:8).
NOTHING is excluded here!
The Greek word translated "all things" also appears in chapter 1, verses 2 and 3,
and is there translated "the universe" in theMoffatt translation.That is the intended
meaning in Hebrews 2:8.In other words, God is revealing to us that the endless universe,
with all its galaxies, its countless stars and planets-everythingwilleventuallybeputunderman'sdominion! "Butnowweseenotyetallthings[the universe]
put under him [man]" (verse 8). Remember, this is speaking of the "world to come"-not
today's world. Manwillbeputover"allthings"afterGod'splanformanonearthiscomplete-afterthelasthumanhas been born of God.Butwhatdoweseetoday?
of death, crowned with glory andhonour..."(verse9). Man,exceptforChrist,isnotyetcrownedwithglory and honour.But he will be ina new age-yet in the future.The living Christ already sustains the entire universe over the angels as the begotten
and born Son of God. Angelsareindividuallycreatedspiritbeings.Invisibletohumaneyes,theyareservantsofGod,ministeringtothose who are now on a lower
level than angels, but who are heirs of salvation. The Bible reveals that these
heirs shall become the Spirit-born Sons of God's ruling Family as Christ now is!
(Heb. 1:4-14).Whatastupendous,magnificentheritageGodhasinstoreforHisSpirit-begottenchildren. TheyareheirsofGod, and joint-heirs with Christ to inherit the universe!
ORIGINAL PURPOSE FOR ANGELS
WhatGodcreatesHemaintains. WhatHecreatesHecreatesforapurpose. Heintendsittobeputtouse- a right use that preserves and improves. this use, maintenance
and improvement is controlled by the government of God.The angels, at the creationoftheearth,founditsobeautifultheyshoutedspontaneouslyforjoy!(Job38:4-7).
The universe, with its countless galaxies and solar systems containing planets
such as our earth, was created perfect. Godwantedtosharethejoyof His creationwithall the angels!
MAN'S POTENTIAL FAR GREATER!
Instead of proceeding with God's plan for them, a third of the angels rebelled against
the government of God. They finally attempted to replace God and take over the control
of the universe. The account of this sin is revealed in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28.(
It should be noted here, that the rest of the angels remained faithful to The Father
and to the Word )
God knewthat He and the Word, who later became Jesus Christ, were the only beings
who could not sin. OnlymembersoftheGodFamilyhavethatkindofholy,righteouscharacter.So God created mankind for the purpose of reproducing more members of
the God Family. They would help to restore the government of God on earth after
their training program in the flesh was complete and they werebornintoHisFamily.
ThentheywouldgoontoreplenishGod'screation,carryingGod'sgovernmenttothe utmost parts of the universe.
Adam had the opportunity to obey God but failed. Had he obeyed, his obedience would
have qualified him to replace Satan, who was then and still is ruler of the earth.
EARTH OUR TRAINING GROUND
God has given this earth to us as a training ground, and this mortal life as the
time for our training. As we learned in previous lessons, Adam would have received
God's Holy Spirit had he eaten of the fruit of the tree of life. He would have thus
begun the process of spiritual character growth, and ultimately would have been born
into God's Family.
So Christ, the second Adam (I Corinthians.15:45,47),cametoearthabout4,000yearslatertoqualifytoreplace Satan and was successful! He qualified to restore
God's government on earth, and to be entrusted with the responsibility of being in
charge of the whole universe.Christalsobecamethecaptainorleaderofoursalvation(Heb.2:10). HeisnowatGod'sthroneinheaven as our High Priest. With Christ's
help through His Spirit, the members of God's Church are growing in godly character
by living according to God's Law during this mortal life, which is their trainingground.Our incredible potential is to become holy, sinless, powerful, Spirit-born
members in God's divine ruling Family! OurspiritualbirthintoHisFamilywillmakeusSonsoftheLivingGodwithJesusChristasourelder brother.Yes,Godcreatedmanwithapotentialfargreaterthantheangels,fornoangelcaneverbecomeabornSon of God. God is now in the process of reproducing Himself through mankind.
Let's begin our study of God's Word with this lesson and learn more of the exciting
details of God's glorious purpose for mankind.
GOD ISA FAMILY
The Bible reveals that we were born for a tremendous, awe-inspiring purpose. But
few really understand whatthatpurposeis. TofullyunderstandGod'sgloriouspurposeformankind,let'sbeginthisstudyinthefirst chapter of Genesis.
1 . What do the very first words of the Bible tell us about God? Gen. 1:1. Does
the Bible clearly indicate thatthereismorethanoneGodBeing? Verse26.(Noticethepluralpronouns"us"and"our"referringtoGod in Genesis 1:26).
1:1 and throughout the account of creation isElohim. Itisanoun,pluralform,meaningmorethanone-likethe words church, family, or kingdom. Just as there is
the animal kingdom and the human kingdom or family, Genesis1 shows that there is
alsoa GOD Kingdom or Family!ThereisoneGod,butGodisaFamilycomposedofmorethanonemember. Elohim,whichmeans"MightyOne," is the name of the God Family.
2.HowmanydivineBeingspresentlycomposetheGodFamily? John1:1-2. Wasitthe"Word" who createdallthings? Verse3.WhatdidtheWordlaterbecome? Verse14. Who,then,istheWord? Eph. 3:9; Heb. 1:2.And who is the other divine member
of the God Family?I Corinthians. 8:6.
Comment: John 1:1 and Genesis 1:1 take us back to the same time in prehistory-to
theoriginalcreationoftheuniverse. BothversesrevealthatthetwosupremeBeingscomposingtheGodFamily created all things.TheGreekwordtranslatedintoEnglishas"Word"inJohn1:1isLogos. Itmeans"spokesman"or"onewho speaks." It was
actually the Logos-the Spokesman, the Word of the God Family who "spoke,andit[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 of the God Family who later
became Jesus Christ.
3.Is God the Father of Jesus Christ?John 1:14, 18, 34.
Comment. Nearly 2,000 years ago, the same divine Personage who created all things
was begotten in the virgin Mary's womb by God, who, as a result of this miraculousbegettal,becameHisFather. Yet,atthe 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
by God and born of Mary asa human being, then later born of God.Thus,JesusbecametheSonofGod. HecalledthegreatSupremePersonagewhoisheadoftheGod Family"Father".Fatherisafamilytitle-thatoftheheadofthefamily!Afather-and-sonrelationshipisafamily relationship.There are only two members in the God Family
or Kingdom at the present time-God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son. But the
Bible reveals that God is going to expand His ruling Family. And you can becomea member of that eternal spirit-composed Family!See how this marvellous truth unfolds
in your Bible.
GOD TO EXPAND HIS FAMILY
1 . After whose "image" and "likeness" was man created? Gen. 1:26-27;
Jas. 3:9, last part.
Comment. InGod'spatternforalllife,kindreproduceslikekind. Justaseachplantoranimalreproduces after its own kind, so humans reproduce humans. But unlike
any of the animals,manwascreatedinGod's own "image" and "likeness." God made
man like Himself-same form and shape. The astounding truth is that God's purpose
is to create mankind after the God kind!Simplystated,GodisreproducingHimself.
AllhumanbeingshavetheawesomepotentialofbecomingGod's literal children-members
of God's own divine Family!
2. Does God plainly state that it is His purpose to increase His divine Family by
bringing many Sons into it? Heb. 2:9-11; Rev. 21:7.
Comment:MorescripturesdealingwiththespiritualchildrenofGodrefertotheminthemasculine gender.This is because God is referred to in the Bible in the masculine
gender.However, we are all one in Christ (Gal. 3:26-28), and shall be neither male
nor female when born of God. (Matt. 22:30)
3. ArethosewhoareSpirit-begotten-trueChristians-alreadythechildrenofGodandheirsoftheGodFamily?I John 3:1-2; Rom. 8:16-17.
Comment:As we learned in our previous studies, converted Christians are now the
begotten but not yet bornchildrenofGod. TheywillbebornintoGod'sFamilyatthereturnofJesusChrist. Forthisreason,God ordained the family relationship
for human beings as a part of their training prior to their spiritual birth into
God's Family.No other beings-whether angel or animal- have this relationship.GodinstitutedthehumanfamilytobeaphysicaltypeofHisowndivineFamily. Hewantedhumanstolearn certain vital lessons that His relationship teaches (read Ephesians
4. Are Spirit-begotten Christians also the affianced Bride of Christ?Eph. 5:25-27;2Corinthians. 11:2; Rev.19:7-9.
Comment: Thefamilyrelationshipdemandsthehusband-and-wiferelationship. Andthatdemands marriage,mutualloveandfaithfulnesstothematrimonialbond. TheChurchofGodiscomposedofthe begotten children of God. And the Church, as a
body, is the affianced Bride of Christ-to marry Christ at His Second Coming, when
the first resurrection occurs.TheChurch'scomingmarriagetoChristisadditionalevidencethattheKingdomofGodisaFamily-withFather, Son and Wife- and that
God is to expand His divine Family!
5. Will the humans still alive at Christ's coming be ruled and taught by Christ and
the saints then already made immortal-those who will have become the collective wife
of Christ?Dan. 7:18, 27;Rev.2:26-27; 5:1 0; 20:6.
Comment:Themortalsonearthwillbetaughtandruledbyimmortals.Thosewhoseeksalvationthrough ChristwillthenreceiveGod'sgiftofHisHolySpirit. And,afteralifeofgrowinginGod'scharacter,asSpirit- begotten children of God must do
today, they shall be born into the Family of God.Thus the marriage of the Church
to Christ will result in thebegettalandbirthofadditionaldivinechildren-untold
millions of Spirit-born members of God's Family-during the thousand-year reign of
Christ and the saints!Man,andmanonly,ofalllifeformsGodhascreated,canbebornintotheGodFamily-theKingdomofGod. Since humans were put on earth for
the very purpose of being begotten, and then born into God's Family, the Eternal
has endowed this God-plane family relationship for humans- and for humans only.Whatawonderfulprivilegetobegiventhemarriageandfamilyrelationship-thatwemaybepreparedforthe spiritual marriage to Christ and divine Family status in the
Kingdom of God for eternity!
CHRIST THE FIRSTBORN SON
1 . Is Jesus Christ actually the firstborn of MANY Sons of God?Rom. 8:29; Acts 26:23;
Col. 1:1 8. When will the other Sonsof God be born into His Family?ICorinthians.
Comment:Christ is the only Son of God who has already been born again, by a resurrection
from the dead. OtherSonsarenowonlySpirit-begotten,notyetborn. Theywillbebornagain(John3:3-8)-bornof God-in the first resurrection at Christ's coming
to rule the earth. 2. Is Christ, as the firstborn Son of God, actually the "captain"
or forerunner-the leader-of our salvation through His suffering, death and subsequent
resurrection to glory? Heb. 2:9-10. Has He already inherited all power and glory
in God's ruling Family? Verse 9.
1:19-20. Will we become Spirit-born members of God's Family if we have God's Spirit
dwelling in us at the time of Christ's return or when we die?Same verse.Also readI Corinthians 15:49-53.
CommentClearly; it was by the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit that God the Father
raised Christfromdeathtogloriousimmortality,authorityandpower-justasHewillalsoraiseChrist'sSpirit-begotten brothers and sisters to the same glorious
immortality and power, but of lesser authority.As we learned in Lesson 20, Spirit-begotten
children of God are now "in training" for the time when they will be born into God's
Family. They will then be given their positions of ruler-shiponearthundertheirelder brother, Jesus Christ.Eventually, God wants thousands of millions of perfect
and righteous children to be born into His Family, governed by His government, to
complete in beauty, majesty and glory not only the other planets of our solar system,
but of our own Milky Way galaxy and the countless other galaxies of the vast, limitless
universe! (More about this exciting future later in this lesson.)
GOD'S BEGOTTEN CHILDREN NOW GROWING SPIRITUALLY
Now is not yet the time for the birth of the children of God. They are now only
in the "begotten" state prior to birth. Now is the time of their spiritual growth
prior to becoming born-again members of the God Family. And the earth is the place
of their spiritual growth-the "training ground" for entering the Kingdom of God.The universe is not the area of training to become like God-it is the reward given
to us only after we have successfully completed our training here on earth!
1 . Does the Bible show that God is in the process of forming and moulding His begotten
sons as a potter works with clay? Isaiah.64:8. Duringhistimeoftrainingonearth,didJobrealizethatGodwasworkingwith him ina special way?Job 14:14-15.
Comment:Notice the latter part of verse 15: "Thou wilt have a desire to the work
ofyourhands." The"work"wasJob.JobknewhewasapieceofdivineworkmanshipinthehandsoftheMasterPotter.Job was in the process of developing the very
character of God during his mortal lifetime of spiritual training.
2. What did God say before creating Adam that further reveals what He intends to
accomplish in man? Gen. 1:26.
Comment:Notice again the wording in Genesis 1:26: "Let us make man in our image."
The Hebrew word for "image" indicates far more than merely the outward appearance
of God. It also refers to mind and character. God intends for man, to whom He gave
the gift of a thinking, reasoning mind, to be developing the mind and character of
God!TheattributesofhumanmindandcharactertrulymakemanGod'suniquephysicalcreation. Godhasshared some of His own qualities with human beings and He intends
that we develop His character during this mortal life.
3. Did the Apostle Paul know that Spirit-begotten children of God are being
fashioned by God for a specific purpose?Eph. 2:1 0.
Comment: Paul is not speaking of Adam's creation nearly 6,000 years ago.He is speaking
of true Christians, who are now being created unto good works. We are God's "workmanship"-the
Creator is still creatingus. Heismoulding,fashioning,changingandtransformingusintoHisownnoble,righteous,holy, spiritual character!This process begins
in the mind. Repentance is the first step. It is a change of mind. The receiving
of the HolySpiritisarenewingofthemind. Gradually,throughBiblestudy,learningtoliveby"everywordofGod," beingcontinuallycorrectedbyHisWord,keepingclosetoGodindailyprayer,andbeingledandempowered by the Spirit of God, the
NEW MAN-with holy, spiritual character-is being created in God's spiritual "image."
If, during this life of spiritual training, our thinking and our ways are changed
until we become, in godly character, new creatures in Christ Jesus, conformed to
His will, then that clay model, worked over, fashioned and shaped as God would have
it, can finally be turned into the finished spiritual creation when born of God.
4. Did Paul refer to the completion of his training?2 Tim. 4:7.
Comment:Paul successfully finished his spiritual training preparatory to his birth
into the Family of God. Today, the first 6,000 years of human history are about over.Soon the time will come when Paul and other human beings who have "finished the course"
during their time of training will no longer be earth-bound.They will be born into
the eternal, spiritual God Family as very Sons of God! (Matt 22:30)
5.Aftercompleting"thecourse"ofourtraining,whathappensnext? ICorinthians.15:47-53. Whenwillourchange into spirit composition occur?Verse 52;1Thessalonians.
Comment:Those who are ready to be born of God at Christ's return will triumphantly
andsuddenlyentertheFamilyofGod. Nolongerwillbe boundtothisearthforsustenance,fortheywillhave eternal life inherent asa gift from God!
6. WhatarethosewholookforwardtobecomingSonsofGoddoingnow? IJohn3:1-3. Notice especially verse 3.
Comment:At the resurrection, God will provide the proper spirit body for the galactic
space travel that will be necessary to carry out the responsibilities of the universe-ruling
Family of God. Meanwhile, those God is now training are allowing Him to work with
them in first perfecting their character.Prior to becoming the Spirit-born children
of God, we are now in the process of "purifying" ourselves by bridling our bodies
and controlling our thoughts with the help of God's Holy Spirit.NowisthetimetobestrivingtobecomepureincharacterasGodHimselfispureandwithoutflaw(Matt.
In previous lessons we learned that Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden and thereby
cut himself off from ongoingcontactwiththeCreatorGod. Asaresult,hisdescendantswerealsocutofffromaccesstotheSpirit of God and eternal life. Adam could
have been begotten of God and eventually born as a Son of God in His ruling Family,
had he eaten of the fruit of the tree of life.Did Adam's sin thwart God's plan for
mankind, or is it proceeding as originally planned?
Anticipating the probability of Adam's sin, God had designed a failsafe 7,000-year
Master Plan for working out His purpose in man here on earth.During the first 6,000
years, He sentenced man to carry out what Adam had, in effect, demanded for the human
race-to go its own way, cut off from God, doing its own thing, relying on the self
only.The results of man's way, as influenced by Satan the devil, have been catastrophic!
Let's reviewa few basic scriptures providing that God's plan for man is on schedule.
1 . Has God allowed Satan to cunningly deceive the whole world?Rev. 12:9.Is the
devil in realitythe god of this world? 2Corinthians. 4:4.
Comment:Satanledthefirsthumansintosin(Gen.3:1-6). Somanbeganthe6,000yearsofhis sentencewiththeinvisibledevilrulinghimbydeception! FromAdamuntilnow,Satanhassuccessfully influenced human beings into forming their own
governments, religions, societies and civilization based on his way of "get".
Comment:ExceptwhenGoddoesintervenebyspeciallycallingonetorepentanceandsalvation- to a life of training for His Kingdom-none can come to Christ. Jesus
said so! All are still cut off through sin, except for the few God calls out ofa life of sin.After Adam sinned, it was God's purpose to prove by 6,000 years of
human experience that Satan's "get" way, which is contrary to the way of God's government,
is the cause of untold suffering, pain and death-just the opposite of what man really
wants.About 4,000 years after Adam sinned, God, as previously planned (Rev. 13:8),
sent Jesus Christ into the world to rescue God's called from the death penalty, which
all have incurred through the breaking of His commandments.
3. JesusalsowasaMessengersentfromGod. WhatmessageofhopeandgoodnewsdidHebringto mankind?Mark 1:14-15; John 3:3-8.
Comment:Jesus foretold the time when all mankind will no longer be cut off from
God and ruled by Satan.He announced that the government of God would be restored
on earth by the Kingdom of God, composed of the Spirit-born members of God's Family.
Jesus proclaimed the good news that those called by God may become God's own children,
ultimately to be changed from material to spirit composition,becoming the members
of God's ruling Family.Of the many thousands who heard Jesus' message, only about
120 continued as His disciples (Acts 1:15).They were chosen by the Father to be
the pioneer members of His new Testament Church.Thousands more were added to the
Church by God though the subsequent preaching of the apostles.
4. Did God long ago prophesy today's explosion?Dan. 12:4.
Comment:After almost 6,000 years of human history, we find awesome material progressin the world.Nearly all modern technology and industry has been developed in the
past 200 years, and far more than half of all the world's technological, scientific
and industrial development has occurred in this 20th century alone!The machine age,
the nuclear age and the space age have followed in rapid succession.The automobile,
airplane, radio, television and many laboursaving devices have all been invented
in very recent times.Men have also designed and produced incredible computers, and
even sent astronauts to the moon and back.And justa few decades ago, men developed
the weapons of mass destruction that would erase all human life on this planet, were
it not for the great God who has promised to intervene and prevent the annihilation
of humanity!Almost 6,000 years of human history have proved that man's mind, without
God's Holy Spirit, is confined to understanding and working with the physical world.
Human systems of education have become wholly materialistic, andmostofman'smotives
stemfromtheattitudeof"get."Hedoesnotknowhowtolivein harmonyandpeacewithhisneighbour,butiscapableofgoingtothemoonandback!Theappallingevilsand problems amidst awesome scientific progress has been the result of the sin of
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden!
For nearly 6,000 years, God's purpose for man has proceeded just as He had planned
from the beginning. Soon,spiritualsalvationwillbeopenedtoallhumanityafterChristcomestoremoveSatanfromthethroneof the earth and assumes theruler-ship
over all nations He qualified for nearly 2,000 years ago.Wearenowlivingintheverylastgenerationofthe6,000-yearperiodinwhichmanwastobecutofffrom
God. We are now nearing the time when God's glorious purpose for those He has called
prior toJesus' Second Coming will becomereality. TheyshallthenbecomelikeGod,fortheyshallbebornintoHis Family as very Sons of God.
God when Christ returns.But what will it be like asa member of God's divine Family?What characteristics and abilities will we possess?Let's havea sneak preview of
what it will be like to bea Son of God.
1. WhatmusttakeplacetoenterGod'sFamily? John3:3-8. WhenbornofGod,willbelikeHim? Rom. 8:29;1 John 3:1-2.
Comment: To be "conformed to the image" of Christ means to become like Him-to be
glorified as He is glorified-to becomea member of the glorious FAMILY OF GOD as
Christ now is! The Bible reveals that we are to become, througha spiritual birth,
just like the two members of the God Family.
Whenwilltheresurrectionoccur? I Thessalonians. 4:15-17.Will they be changed
to spirit at that time?ICorinthians. 15:42-49; Phil. 3:20-21.
Comment: When Jesus Christ returns to earth, the Spirit-begotten children of God
who have died through the ages will be resurrected to spirit life by the Spirit of
God, and those still alive will be instantly changed into spiritbeings.Atthatmoment,theywillbe"bornagain,"thistimeasmembersofGod'sownFamily.AsGod's
own offspring, they will then have eternal life inherent within themselves like Jesus
Christ their elder brother!
3.To what did Jesus compare one who is born of the Spirit?John 3:8.
Comment:The effects of the wind are easily discernible, but the wind itself cannot
4.After His resurrection, was Jesus, with His spirit-composed body, able to suddenly
appear and disappear? Luke 24:36-37.Was He able to pass through wails?John 20:19,
26.Can one composed of spirit appear as mortal flesh and bone when necessary?Luke
24:38-40.Can he even eat if he so desires?Verses 41-43.
5.Are spirit bodies capable of travelling through space at incredible speed-undoubtedlyfaster thanlight? Compare John 20:17, 19-20 with Matthew 28:9.
Comment:EarlieronthedayafterHisresurrectionfromthedead,ChristwouldnotletoneofHis disciples touch Him because He had not yet ascended to His Father's
throne in heaven. But later that same day, Christ allowed His disciples to touch
Him.This clearly shows that Christ travelled to heaven and returned to earth on
the same day!"Truthisstrangerthanfiction,"goestheoldsaying. Themarvellous,excitingtruthaboutyourawesome potential, as revealed in the Bible, pales into
nothingness any science fiction thriller you could ever read or see!
6.Onceapersonhasbeenchangedintospirit,canheeverdie? Luke20:35-36. IstheGodFamilyeternal, or ever living?Ps. 90:2; 102:25-27.
Comment:Both members of the God Family have always existed, though our finite human
minds cannot understand how this is possible. Nevertheless, God tells us through
His inspired Word that we, like God and Christ, will live forever once we are born
into the universe-ruling Family of God!
7. Was Jesus "glorified" after His resurrection?John 17:5; Heb. 2:9.How did Christ's
glorified spirit body appear when manifested ina vision to the Apostle John?Rev.
Comment:Tobe"glorified"meanstobegivengreatpowerandbrightness. BeforeChristbecamea human being, He hada glorious, resplendent, powerful spirit body
like His Father's.After His resurrection, He was restored to the same power and
glory.Christ's powerful spirit body radiates light as bright as the sun'.
8. WillGodalsoglorifyallthosewhobecomemembersofHisdivineFamilybygivingthemthesamegreat power and glory? Rom. 8:17; Col. 3:4; Matt . 13:43. Did Jesus
give three of His disciples a fleeting glimpse in a vision of this future glorified
condition? Matt. 17:1-21 9. What other scripture gives us an idea of the future
glorified state of those who shall be born of God at the resurrection?Dan. 12:2-3.
Comment:TheglorythatSpirit-begottenchildrenofGodaretoreceiveattheresurrectionwillbeso great it will make them shine as the brilliant stars of the heavens-like
the sun in full strength!But this is onlya part of what God has in store for Spirit-born
members of His Family.Let's notice other wonderful characteristics they, as God's
children, will possess.
9.ThemostimportantattributeofGodtheFatherandChrist,thefirstbornSonofGodandoureldestbrother, is their character. What are some of the aspects of
God's divine character that God's children will possess in full measure when born
of God?Gal. 5:22-23;2 Tim. 1:7.
Comment:AswelearnedinLesson13,Godpossessesholyrighteouscharacter. AndHeintendsthat wepossessthesamelove,joy,patience,mercy,faith,kindness,gentleness,meekness,temperance,self- restraint and right self-direction that He
has.Character also involves knowledge, wisdom, purpose and ability. It is this character
that Spirit-begotten children of God will possess in full measure when born into
His Family. Inthemeantime,Godwantsustobedeveloping,withthehelpofHisSpirit,theseaspectsofHischaracter during our mortal lives.
10. How does the Bible define the nature and character of God?I John 4:8.What
is the love of God? I John 5:2-3.Is God's love ("charity" in the King James Version)
the greatest single aspect of His character?I Corinthians. 13:1-13.Why?I John
Comment:God'scharactercanbesummedupinoneword-LOVE. God'scharacter travelsinthe directionofHisLaw-thewayofLOVE. Itisthewayofgiving,serving,helping-ofoutgoingconcernfor others.God has that character!God has an outgoing
concern for all of humanity. He gave His only begotten Son to reconcile us to Him,
thereby making the joys of everlasting life possible for us. He showers on us every
good and precious gift, including the Holy Spirit, which we can receive fromHimafterwerepentofbreakingHisLaw, turn from the wrong way of this world, begin
to resist it, and turn to Him through faith in Jesus Christ as personal Saviour!When born into the Family of God, we'll possess the love of God perfectly. And through
that love, we'll assist Christ in administering God's government on earth, and throughout
the universe for all eternity.
11. Will those born of God ever sin?I John 3:9.Will they be perfect as the Father
and Christare now? Matt.5:48. Willthatperfect,holyandrighteouscharactereverchange? Mal.3:6;Heb.13:8
Comment: The character of both God the Father and Christ the Son is that of spiritual
holiness, righteousness and absolute perfection. That character, as we have just
seen, can be summed up in the one word"love,"definedasanout-flowing,lovingconcernforothers. It is the way devoid of coveting, lust and greed, vanity and
selfishness, competition, strife, violence and destruction, envy and jealousy, resentment
and bitterness-all characteristics of Satan's nature.God'sinherentnatureisthewayofpeace,justice,mercy,happinessandjoyradiatingoutwardtowardthoseHe
has created.He is the embodiment of perfect, holy and righteous character!Since
God possesses perfect character, He has determined that He will not go contrary to
the perfect, holy, spiritualLawHesetinliving,active,inexorablemotiontocauseandproduceallgood.GodhassosetHiswill that He cannot sin or transgress His
Law.The character of both God the Father and Christ the Son, which one-third of
the angels failed to copy and develop,isthewayofGod'sLaw. And,aswehavealready learned that THE REST OF THE ANGELS DID NOT FAIL to COPY AND DEVELOP God’s
WAY. They REMAINED FAITHFUL TO GOD!
When we are finally born of God-when we are given a spirit body, after first growing
spiritually and developing God's character during our time of training-we will begin
a glorious, never-ending life in the Universe-ruling Family of God!
A GLORIOUS, NEVER-ENDING FUTURE!
TheKingdomofGodistherulingFamilyofGod.AndthosewhobecomeapartofthatFamilyaredestined to rule the earth with Jesus Christ for 1,000 years. They will
become kings and priests, ruling and teaching in the World Tomorrow.
Thousands of millions will learn to live God's way and be born into His ruling Family
during this period. Then, after the Millennium, the thousands of millions who died
before Christ's Second Coming without having hadanopportunitytoknowandunderstandGod'swaytosalvationwillberaisedinaphysicalresurrection.
TheywillbegiventheopportunitytobecomeSonsofGodduringthisperiodofjudgment(Rev.20:11-12),as we learned in Lesson 21.These additional thousands of millions
will be added to God's spirit Family at the conclusion of God's plan for physical
It has been estimated that 40 billion (40 thousand million) people have lived from
the time of Adam until now. It would be difficult to accurately estimate the number
of people who will yet be born and enter God's Kingdom during the Millennium and
Great White Throne Judgment periods. There no doubt will be multiple billions.
But let's suppose that 200,000,000,000 (200 billion) are ultimately born into God's
Family. Since God is busy working, creating and sustaining what He has created (John
5:17), He knows His sons would not be happy unless they, too, are working and producing.
And so what could keep this incredibly huge Family of God Beings busy for all eternity?
1. Just how great is the authority Jesus Christ has already inherited?Heb. 1:1
-2; Matt. 28:18;
ICorinthians. 15:27-28. Will those who are born into God's Family share in that
inheritance as co-owners and co- rulerswithChrist? Rom.8:16-17;Rev.21:7. AndwillGod'sgovernmentcontinuetoexpandforalleternity? Isaiah. 9:6-7; Rev. 22:5.
Comment: TheMoffatttranslationcorrectlyrenders"allthings"inHebrews1:2as"theuniverse." Incredibleasitmaysound,yourultimatepotentialandthepotentialofeveryhumanbeingisco-ruler-shipofthe universe with Jesus Christ and God the
The Encyclopaedia Britannica estimates that there are more than 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
(10 sextillion) stars in the universe. This figure is virtually impossible to comprehend.
If an estimate of 200 billion sons of God is taken as a possibility, that means
each member of God's Family would be responsible for maintaining and developing 50
billion stars, and their attendant planets-enough to form an entire galaxy!
Our awesome potential is to be born into the ruling family of God, receiving the
very power of God! Together, all the born Sons of God will ultimately be given jurisdiction
over the entire universe!
2. Is the whole creation characterized as anxiously awaiting the birth of
the Sons of God?
Rom. 8:19-23. ("Creature" should be translated "creation," as it is in more modern
translations of the Bible.)
Comment: PaulherepersonifiesthewholecreationofGod,includingthestarsandplanets. Heshows that the whole universe is waiting with eager longing for the
actual birth and appearing of the Sons of God.Thatisbecausethesebillionsofperfectandrighteousbeings,governedbyGod'sdivinegovernment,will restore from
the condition of decay ("Corruption" in Romans 8:21 of the King James Version) that
resulted from Lucifer's rebellion, and complete the creation of, in all their beauty,
majesty and glory, not only the other planets of our solar system (now in utter waste
and decay), but also the rest of our galaxy and countless other galaxies in the universe.
What else are we going to do?God, first of all, is Creator.Those who become the
Sons of God will also be creators! TheScripturesindicateweshallimpartLIFEtobillionsofdeadplanets,aslifehasbeenimpartedto this earth.We shall create,
as the Father directs and instructs.Planets will be turned into beautiful, productive,
life-sustaining worlds.We shall continue to create and rule throughout all eternity!
Revelation 21 and 22 show that there will then be no pain, suffering or evil, because
all will have learned to choose God's way, which leads to all that is good. It will
be an eternal life of accomplishment, constantly looking forward in joyous anticipation
to new creative projects, as well as looking back with happiness and joy over what
shall have already been accomplished.We shall never grow tired or weary. We will
always be joyously alive-full of energy, vitality, exuberant life, strength and power!This is the incredible potential of every human being!
Are you in the process of preparing to fulfil this, God's glorious purpose for your
life? With Praise to OUR HEAVENLY FATHER AND OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST!