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What is a perfect man?

 

 

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There were only two perfect men – Adam and Jesus.

 

 

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Adam was made ruler over all earthly things...

 

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...a little lower
than the angels.

"All flesh is not the same; but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds."
I Corinthians 15:39

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"A little lower" does not mean a little less perfect.

 

Grades of
Heavenly
Spiritual Being

Grades of
Earthly or
Animal Being

Grades
in the Vegetable
Domain

Grades
in the Mineral
Domain

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Divine
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Angelic

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Human
Brute
Fowl
Fish

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Trees
Shrubs
Grasses
Mosses

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Gold
Silver
Copper
Iron

 


 

 

Perfecting a nature does not change a nature.

 

 

 

There is a variety in perfection.

 

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There are distinct differences of each nature.

 

 

The highest grade of mineral is a little lower than the lowest grade of vegetable, because in vegetable there is life.


 

 

 

 

There is a great contrast between sinful and restored mankind.

 

 

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Perfect man is not a spiritual being.

 

 

 

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Jesus, being a perfect man, could keep a perfect law.

 

 

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Only a perfect man could give a corresponding price for a perfect man.

 

 

 

 

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Jesus was not a combination of two natures.

 

Twice, Jesus experienced a change of nature.

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"But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law."
        Galatians 4:4

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"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
          John 1:14


 

Jesus gave an equivalent for what Adam lost.

 

 

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"For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens." Hebrews 7:26


 

 

"There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another."
I Corinthians 15:40


 

 

 

What is a spirit being?

 

 

 

 

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Spirit beings can be present, yet invisible.

 

 

 

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Elisha's Servant
saw Angels in Chariots

Spirit beings can assume human forms.

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An Angel Appeared to Gideon


 

Spirit beings are glorious and bright.

 

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Saul of Tarsus

 

   "At midday, O King, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.

   And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

   It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks."
Acts 26:13,14


 

 

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Spiritual and human natures
are distinct.


 

 

Mortality means death is possible.

 

 

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Immortality means death is impossible.

 

There is confusion on mortality and immortality.


 

 

Mortal life is sustained by external elements.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Only the Divine Nature is immortal.

 

The great mass of mankind will always be mortal.

 

Satan is to be destroyed, which proves that angels are mortal.


 

Man being mortal – destroys the doctrine of eternal torment.

"The soul that sinneth, it shall die."

 

 

God had a right to create Jesus higher than the angels.

 

 

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Justice understood.

 

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   Aspiration of Lucifer--

   "How art thou
fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!

   "How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

   "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God:

   "I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north."
   Isaiah 14:12,13

 

 


Abraham


 

 

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Hath not the potter power over the clay?

 

 

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The human race are God’s children by creation – the work of his hands.

 

 

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Man will be absorbed and enraptured with the glory on the human plane.

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As God rejoices
in perfection, so will it be with man.

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What is God’s plan for the Christian church?

 

 

The Church is being selected for a purpose.

 

The church class is chosen by an individual trial and by individually overcoming.


 

 

"Glorified" signifies "Honored."

 

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Called, chosen, and faithful.

 

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The call
is conditional.

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There is no blending of natures.

 

 

 

The change of nature from human to divine is a reward.

 

 

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"He is risen."


 

The New Nature: Begetting, and then a Birth.

 

 

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Water Baptism


 

Embryo "New Creature" development

 

 

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The First Resurrection

 

Consecration

Renewing your minds – a transforming work

 

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."
Romans 12:1

 

Transformation of character and nature.

 

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Altar of Sacrifice

 

 

 

 

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"And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God."
Romans 12:2

 

 

The "earnest" of our inheritance

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Transforming of the mind –
gradual

 

Change of the body – instantaneous


 

Spiritual natures have a wider range of faculties than the human.

 

 

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We catch only glimpses of the divine wisdom, power and goodness.

 

 

 

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A change of nature does not cause a loss of identity.

 

 

 

 

 

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You who are consecrated, to which influences are you submitting?

 

"...Be ye transformed."

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