Universal Salvation: Let Us make man in Our Image Part Two
Just to recap the last paragraph: so when God said to Jesus, "Let Us make..." His intention here went beyond creation. His intention was to put into place what was necessary for His creation to eventually be perfect; and subsequently, all of His creations.
By creating evil, He gave us a hands-on experience of what is not good, to give us a complete education, whereby we could prove, and also approve, of all things. But let us go back to the word "make."
"Let Us make..." The Greek word used in the LXX, or Septuagint, version at Genesis 1:26 to translate "make" is from poiew (poieo) and it means: to make, to do, to bring about, to produce, to form, to cause, to yield. According to "The Complete Word Study New Testament" edited by Spiros Zodhiates,Th.D., Poieo can mean to endow a person or thing with a certain quality. It goes on to say Poieo may well refer to the doing once and for all, the producing and bringing forth something which, when produced, has an independent existence of its own.
There you have it. When God said "Let Us make..." His intention was to produce a product, which when finished, would have an independent existence of its own - which necessitates free will. Your eternal life, that is, life as God has it, with His nature and free will, will no longer be dependent upon God. It will be yours forever.
As has already been said, both the Hebrew and Greek words for "make" mean to yield. To yield means to produce as a result. God's intention was to produce perfection as an end result. Very clever. I wish I could think like that. But then, one day I will. In fact, one day we all will. That is the direction in which we are all heading. Look at what Paul said at 1 Corinthians 1:10. "Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment." The New International Bible says "...perfectly united in mind and thought." One day we shall all be united in the same mind and thought.
Remember, living forever is normal to God. Being righteous - the standard of which is God - is normal to God. Having total freewill is normal to God. None are normal to us. But one day they will all be part of normal life. Are you ready for that? Perfection is coming. Get ready for a life like you have never known. Like none of us have ever known - Universal Salvation.
Let me show you something. Can you remember John 8:32? "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." The Greek word for "know" is from ginwskw (ginosko) and it usually means, to know by experience. But Adam and Eve did not have any knowledge or experience of evil. Therefore, God had to create evil to give us all first-hand experience, by which we would be able to know truth, and eventually be made free.
Follow this very carefully. It is not in Satan's interest for us to know the absolute truth, is it? So answer me this. How come he helped to bring it about? "He did what! He never did" Oh, yes, he did. Watch this. Genesis 3:4,5 (Septuagint Genesis 3:5,6). "Then the serpent (Satan) said to the woman, 'You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing (Greek Septuagint - from ginosko, the same word meaning to know by experience) good and evil.' " Why would Satan want to encourage Eve to eat of the fruit of the tree? He knew full well that it would bring about conditions whereby mankind would have the knowledge, by experience, that would eventually make them free - giving them free will. Think about it. If you were Satan, that is the one tree that you would not want them to eat from. Is Satan stupid, or not? No, Satan is not stupid; he just had no choice or freewill where God's plan was concerned.
Now watch. After Adam and Eve sinned, this is recorded at Genesis 3:22 (Septuagint Genesis 3:23). "Then the LORD God said, 'Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know (by experience - it is the same Greek word again) good and evil...' " That was the result that God was looking for, when He said "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness." His intention was to put into place what was necessary for His creation to eventually be perfect. It was not left to chance; He brought it about. Our great God had now set mankind on the way to its destination. Perfection. Universal Salvation.
"Yes, but you are quoting Greek. What about the Hebrew word for 'know' in these Scriptures?" The Hebrew word for "know" in the scriptures that have been quoted is from yada, and although it is used in a great variety of meanings, essentially it means to know by observing, and also to know by experiencing. If you ascertain something by seeing, then you have first-hand experience. In other words, you make sure. God tells us today to make sure of all things. Therefore all things must be there to be made sure of. So basically, the Hebrew and Greek words in Genesis for "to know" mean the same: to know by experience.
So "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness", involved bringing about conditions that would ensure that mankind would know, by experience, that evil has no part to play inside a life of perfection.
Be sure to read "Universal Salvation! Let Us make man in Our image Part Three."
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