Series 2 - Lesson 2 - Annotation 4
From what source did the idea-man spring? What other names are given to this idea?
4. The term "idea-man" as used in this lesson refers to God's idea of Himself as perfect man operating in the earthly sphere of Being. The standard set for this perfect idea-man is that of a "god," an exact reproduction of the principle of perfect good which is in operation in the heavenly sphere of Being. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Gen. 1:1).
The source of this perfect idea-man is the one creative Mind the Father, the origin of every created thing. God, the Father, imaged Himself as a perfect man with dominion over the earth and everything in it, bringing into manifestation every needed good for "abundant living."
Perfect idea-man must form a mental concept of the nature of the earth and its inhabitants, so that he may understand the elements with which he will have to work in order to attain this mastery. The primal qualities of the God nature are wisdom and love, with which man must be acquainted in order to govern the birds of the air, the beasts of the field, the fishes of the sea, and the creeping things of the earth that God has created. Wisdom and love, which imbue man with Godlikeness, will guide him in handling this mastery aright.
According to Biblical terminology, other names given to this perfect idea-man are: Jehovah God; the Lord God; the Christ; the only begotten of the Father; the Son of God. This perfect idea-man can be called the Son of God for he is created by God in His image, and after His likeness.
Preceding Entry: Explain how mind, idea, and expression are in all that appears (manifestation).
Following Entry: What is meant by the term "the first-born of all creation" (Col. 1:15)?