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Plain Truth 1978 (Prelim No 01) Jan_w

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Personal
from
...
The
Beautiful
Analogy
of
Human
Reproduction
(
S
me
of
theteachingsintheBiblearealittle
hard
fortheaveragethinkingmindtounderstand.Jamestellsustocountitalljoywhentrials,ordeals,reversesbesetus.Troublesajoy?
That's
prettyhardtoaccept,isn't.it?And,fortheaverage person,alotharderto
put
intopractice.Fewfindanypleasure,letalonejoy,intheobstacles
and
troublestheyencounter.Yetthisbiblicalteachingsaysweoughtsotocountthem.
There
isareason,althoughfewunderstandit.Inone
of
thePsalmsyou'llread
that
therighteousaregoingtohavetobear
many
afflictions.But,itpromises, theEternalwilldeliverus
out
of
themall
-if
webelieve
and
trustHim!Again,itisthroughmuchtribulationthatwemust
enter
theKingdom
of
God.Why?'Here'sareason!Nowconsideranotherbiblicalteachinghardforsometounderstand.
About
ayearagoIwroteanarticle,nowavailableinbookletform,
WhatDoYou
Mean-Born
Again?
Inthefifthchapter
of
Ephesiansyoufinda
husband
-wiferelationshippicturedascorrespondingtoChrist
and
theChurch.Scripturalteachingassuresusthat,atHis coming,Christisgoingto
marry
theChurch.Also,theScripturesteachthattheChurchwill,atHiscoming,be
born
of
God,byaresurrection
of
allwhohavedied,
and
theinstantaneousconversionfrommortaltoimmortal
of
thosethenliving(ICor.15:50-53).Soonemanreasons:Couldafull-grown
man
marryaninfantgirl
baby,just
born?
If
thoseintheChurcharetobe
just
thenbornofGod,howcantheymarryChristbeforetheygrowup?This,too,seemsdifficultforsometo
comprehend
.YettheanswertoJames'teaching
-the
understanding
of
whatJamesreallymeans
-is
alsotheanswertothisseeminginconsistency.Thereisathirdseeminginconsistency,
hard
forsometounderstand.Aboutayearanda
half
agointhiscolumnIexplainedhow,contrarytothethinking
of
many,aChristian
may-and
toooften
does-actually
commitsin
after
heisconverted.He
shouldnot,
of
course.
The
PLAINTRUTHJanuary1978
Buttoooftenhedoes,
and
yethestillremainsaChristian.
The
trueexplanation
of
James'
teaching,firstmentionedabove,isalsotheexplanation
of
thisexpenence.Solet'sunderstand!Whywereweborninthefirstplace?
What
istherealpurpose
of
human
life?
God
AlmightytheCreatorisreproducingHimself!Astrulyaswemortal
humans
havebeengivenpowertoreproduce
ourselves-to
bringforthprogenyin
our
ownimage,bornwith
our
very
nature
evensothe
GreatGod
isbringingforthsonsinHisimage,bornwithHisverydivinenature!
The
verypurpose
of
our
existenceisthatwebebegottenasGod'schildren,
and
becomeborn
of
Him.And
human
reproductionistheverytype
of
spiritualreproduction.What
God
createdatthetimedescribedinthefirstchapter
of
Genesiswasaphysicalcreation.You'llfindnothingspiritualthere.Inphysical
man
,
made
of
thedustoftheground,
God
createdthematerialwithwhichHemaymold,shape,form,
and
createthespiritualbeing.Hepicturesusastheclay,
Himselfas
thePotter
-forming
usintothespiritualimage
of
Hisdesigning..Now
human
reproduction,Isay,picturesspiritualreproduction.Each
human
,since
Adamand
Eve,startedfromatinyegg,calledanovum,thesize
of
apinpoint.
It
wasproducedinthebodyofthemother.
The
eggisincomplete,
of
itself.Ithasalife
of
only
about
48hours,accordingtosomeauthorities.Unlessfertilizedbythelife-givingspermcellfromthe
human
fatherwithinthatlimitedlifetime,itdies. Each
human
,spirituallyspeaking,islikeanegg.
The
average
human
lifetimeissaidtobe70years:
Adam
wascreatedincomplete,
and
each
of
uswasborn
incomplete-that
is,wewere
made
toneedtheHolySpirit
of
God.Andunless,within
our
limitedlifespan
of
some70years,wearebegotten
of
God
-by
HisSpiritwhichisHis
immortaldivine
U'FE,
enteringtoimparteternallifetous
-we
shalldie
-and
thatshallbethe
end-except
that
God
hasappointedaresurrectionofallwho.havelived,and,forthose
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