What is Man

Hebrews 2:6

. . . What is man, that thou art mindful of him?
or the son of man, that thou visitest him?

From His Word, we conclude that at the heart of the Divine Purpose of God for man is that the One Creator of all might be manifest to all - that God might be All and in all.

"He made known His ways unto Moses, His acts unto the children of Israel" (Psalm 103:7). The real reason for this was that all nations might learn to know Him. Yet He was unknown of all; even Paul, nearing the end, said "that I may know Him (Phil. 3:10)."

And those we might think to be close to Him, even in the heavens, have not seen Him, nor yet know Him.

Keep in mind those things John saw in Revelation have not happened yet but will happen on The Lord's Day. The Lion and the Lamb have yet to come into view. He, Who was dead and is alive, has yet to set on His throne. And when He does, those in that place will begin to behold Him - which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty God.

Some students of Right Division who know and believe in The Dispensation of the Mystery understand that the principalities and powers in Heavenly Places spoken of in Eph. 3:10 are now - at this time learning about the manifold wisdom of God. These Heavenly beings are witnessing the work God is performing regarding The Church, which is His Body, as its members, through the wisdom and acknowledgment of The Head of The Body, grow up into Him.

The great portion of revealed Truth for which "Man" was first designed goes to the core of The Divine Purpose of this Age. The invisible Almighty Creator took unto Himself the outward form of "The Son." This was His first act of creation so His many created sons could know him. His son Adam was made in the likeness of that Image so that all creation, Heavenly and Earthly, might know the Invisible Creator.

There is another who aspired to this unparalleled position (read Isa. 14:12-17 and Eze. 28:11-19). Although he "sealed up the sum, was full of wisdom, and was perfect in beauty," he could not even begin to qualify for this job. So he entered the garden again to bring disqualification to "Man," for a moment, it seemed he had succeeded, but he had no success with the Second "Man" - Christ Jesus.

As we have borne the image of the first man, Adam, so too, those in Christ shall also bear The Image of the Second Man, The Lord from Heaven.

In the hour of His Manifestation as "The Head," the members of that great Body shall also appear with Him. Now "Seated together in the Heavenlies," shall they make known unto all the intelligent beings throughout the ages the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us and the Infinitely Diversified character of this most Glorious Person.

Bowing in awe before HIM, Who made us as we are, that we might be what He has decreed us to become, and fearing lest we be misunderstood by those we wish to help enlighten, we are attempting to offer our answer to the question, "What is Man? And to what purpose is he made?"

Man is to be filled with all the fulness of God. That God may be All in all.

Secondly, but perhaps even more importantly, we see man is to "manifest his Maker." How far-reaching this might be must again be determined by Him whose desire it is to be known, "For I desired mercy and not sacrifice, and (I desire that you have) the knowledge of God (or that you come to really Know God) more than burnt offerings" (Hosea 6:6).

Again and again in His Word, that One Sovereign Deity of all expresses His great desire to be known. Read Jer. 9:23-24 and note the margin of the Companion Bible (also note Jer. 22:16; Hosea 2:20; and Prov. 9:9-10).

Yes, we need "the knowledge of the Holy," and the most Holy One desires to be known. Yet, being absolute Deity, He is unknowable, as God He is and must remain beyond time, space, and matter. As the Creating One He is beyond any and all created beings' personal comprehension for He is invisible and incomprehensible.

And yet He revealed in His Own Word the Divine Purpose He had in view from the beginning "In the Image of God created He him" (Gen. 1:27). Also, we read "And the Lord said, the man is become as one of Us, to know good (right) and evil (wrong)..." (Gen. 3:22).

This invisible, incomprehensible God took unto Himself a form, a seeable Image which is the "Son." It was this Image which Adam was made in the likeness of. Yes, the unknowable God became knowable in the form of the Son. Of all creatures, great and small man alone is said to reflect the image that the invisible God embraced. To that end He is seeable and knowable.

"I have said, ye are gods; and all of you are children of the Most High" (Psalms 82:6).

John 10:34-35 "Jesus answered them "Is it not written, ye are gods?" If He called them gods, unto whom The Word of God came, The Scripture cannot be broken."

We must then conclude that man was made after the likeness of the Image of God, even The Lord Jesus Christ, to the end that He might manifest and declare to other forms of intelligent beings their Creator and Most High God. Read again, Eph. 3:10.

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