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Dealings With Man

by Dr. Ralph L. Keiper

created He him: male and female cre­ ated he them” (Genesis 1:26, 27). God made man far superior to all of His other creations. The Bible says that we have been maple in the likeness of al­ mighty God. Some have felt that this must mean that we carry the same physical characteristics. This, however, is not what “image” means. In Ephesians 4:23, 24, Paul points out that the new creation is made in righteousness and true holiness. These factors immediately tell us that the image or likeness is not a physical rep­ resentation but rather all of man’s spir­ itual representation. Man has the abil­ ity to be moral, the ability to be spirit­ ual and to partake of God’s nature at these points. Colossians 3:10 reveals that we are in His likeness “and re­ newed in knowledge.” God intended that man should rule the earth, and everything that it contained, for Him. But unfortunately man desired to be the creator not the created. Man was not satisfied to rule with God he want­ ed to be equal with Him. History re­ cords the tragic consequences as man falls and is banished from the garden. Instead of being the master of nature, man became its victim. “And unto Adam he said, because thou hast heark­ ened to the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I com­ manded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy (continued on next page) 9

H istory is best and most simply de­ fined as the story and events of people. In God’s prophetic truth there are certain people involved. Ordinarily as we think of people we aré prone to think of races or col­ or. Then again when we think of peo­ ple it may be of their professions, busi­ ness occupations or even political affili­ ations.. But God’s only differentiation is whether they are saved or lost. There are three main groups of people with whom God is concerned in His great prophetic plan. Scripture defines them for us, “Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God” (I Corinthians 10: 32). Why was there this three-fold di­ vision? First God’s relation to the Gen­ tiles, second, His relation to the Jews (Israel, His ancient people), and third, His relation to the church (those re­ deemed through the blood of the Lord Jesus' Christ). To what does the term “Gentiles” refer? The Latin is the word for people. It is a general t

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