By Melek DiaBendia
"Am I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?" Galatians 4:16.
   All of us have asked, "What is it all about, why are we here, why has the Lord subjected Adamkind to this earthly realm?".  Certainly, we are not here, subjected to this corrupt dimension of death, of our own free will, for the scriptures say, "For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him Who hath subjected the same in hope." (Romans 8:20).  I put it to you that we are here "by reason of Him Who hath subjected" us to this realm of disappointing misery ( The Greek word translated "vanity" means, "disappointing misery") for purposes our Heavenly Father planned out for us before the foundations of the world.  First let us understand that, we are not earthly flesh beings having a spiritual experience, we are spirit beings having an earthly flesh experience.  Prior to our entering into this earthly, temporal realm of time, space, and death experience, we knew only the love of our Heavenly Father.  Only someone who has experienced hunger can truly appreciate not being without.  Only someone who has know sickness can truly appreciate health.  Only someone who has known pain and loneliness can truly appreciate an existence without it.  God's purpose is to birth, as it were, His children out of an existence as infants, and babes on milk, into a realm of existence as full grown mature sons and daughters of God, knowing good and evil for themselves.  By subjecting us to this vain and futile dimension of disappointing misery He intends to increase, expand, mature, and add to His offspring "whom He did foreknow, and whom He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brethren." (Romans 8:29).  This has been the plan and purpose of our Lord and our God from the very beginning, for in the beginning did He not say, "Let Us make man (Heb. = Adam) in Our image, after our likeness." (Gen. 1:26).   This has been and continues to be a progressive work of our Heavenly Father.  He has been from the beginning, and He continues to be, progressively creating us in His image.  Had the work been completed in the beginning Adam would have never fallen, for he would have truly been in the perfect image of the Father and of the Son, and the Father cannot fall or fail.
   "And the serpent said unto the woman, "Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." (Gen. 3:4-5).
God's plan was never in any way derailed or hindered by the machinations of Satan.  In fact Satan played his part in the purposes of the Father perfectly, as the Lord uses the interplay of good and evil to fulfill His plan for the perfection and forming of His children into His exact image.  Although it is true that Adam and Eve entered into the death process, just as the Heavenly Father had warned, it is also true that this was our Heavenly Father's plan for their ultimate progression into His image from the very beginning.  It was imperative that they pass through "the Valley of the Shadow of Death" in their journey toward being "conformed to the image of His Son".  It is also true that God intended all along that their "eyes shall be opened" and that they come to the understanding of "knowing good and evil" for themselves.  For the New Testament scriptures state, "For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to decern both good and evil." (Hebrews 5:13-14).  It is also true that God intended that they become "as gods" , for the scriptures quite clearly state, "I have said, "Ye are gods; And all of you are children of the Most High.  But ye shall die like men,". (Psalm 82:6-7).  So the Lord's plan and purpose all along was that, ye being gods, should know good and evil, and that you should die like men.  Even the New Testament is clear in the words of our Lord and Christ that, "Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your law, 'I said, Ye are gods?'  If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken." (John 10:34-35).

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