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"He Ordained Twelve"


As His representatives among men, Christ does not choose angels who have never fallen, but human beings, men of like passions with those they seek to save.  Christ took upon Himself humanity, that He might reach humanity.  Divinity needed humanity; for it required both the divine and the human to bring salvation to the world.  Divinity needed humanity, that humanity might afford a channel of communication between God and man.  So with the servants and messengers of Christ.  Man needs a power outside of and beyond himself, to restore him to the likeness of God; but this does not make the human agency unessential.  Humanity lays hold upon divine power, Christ dwells in the heart by faith; and through co-operation with the divine, the power of man becomes efficient for good.  {DA 296.4}