The Incredible Gospel of Jesus (Part 4)

The Meaning of Life
A Royal Destiny

     How is it that a mere mortal can have the incredible power just by believing they have it as Jesus declares; an all powerful nature considered by orthodox theology to an exclusive power of God? The Bible promises the most incredible rewards for humanity; immortality, unconditional love, absolute wisdom and truth, total freedom, and unlimited power. Are these not the very characteristics attributed to the beings called God in scripture? 
     Yhovah, the Lord God, and Creator was very clear about the nature of man: 
♦  “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” (Psalms 82:6) 
And when Yhovah, the Lord God, and creator became the human, Jesus, (see the first chapter of John), he repeated it, by quoting himself: 
♦  “Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?” (John 10:34) 
     Yhovah, the Lord God, and Creator of the Old Testament even said he made man to look like an Elohiym: 
♦  “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:26 – 27)
     Yhovah also declared that man had reached a level so close to the level of the Elohiym that he must be prevented from becoming an eternal being: 
♦  “And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:” (Genesis 3:22)
     Yhovah had to actually place a guarding force to prevent man from getting to the Tree of Life, the source that could make him eternal: 
♦  “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:24)
     As further proof this is true, these verses show what destiny awaits mankind:
♦  Psalms 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. 6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet. 
♦  1 Corinthians 15:42. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43. It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45. And so it is written,      The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
♦  2 Corinthians 3:17. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
♦  Philippians 3:20. For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21. Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
♦  Hebrews 2:5 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. 6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him? 7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: 8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. 
     One of the first questions a child asks at the first concept of the certainty of death is what happens when a human dies. Mankind has devoted uncounted hours of research and anxiety pondering this very question. There are as many theories about the answer to this perpetually elusive concept as there are humans considering it. No doubt great fortunes have been offered in the quest to solve this enigma, and entire cultures are often defined by their answer to this age-old question. What is most enigmatic about this “mystery” is that it is clearly answered, in simple terms, in scripture:
♦  “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”(Psalms 90:10)
And here: 
♦  “Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?” (Ecclesiastes 3:21)

The Ultimate Fail Safe Condition
     Power is achieved, bought, stolen, and extorted, yet there is still no limit known to the depths to which members of the human race will sink to acquire it. The quest for power is littered with the bones of its perpetual abuse. The very embodiment of evil in the Bible is the result of a disastrous lust for power on a universal scale. The perfect answer to the control of such power is found in the wonderful destiny humanity is to inherit. By becoming members of the Family of God, the control will come from within. As a member of the royal family of the Gods, fully aware, and dedicated to the source of all power and control, all those receiving such power will receive the absolute control over that power. God will control it because they will be gods.

The Incredible Gospel of Jesus – Part 5

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