Made in the Image of God

Made in the Image of God

 

These words are from the Word of God and the Strong’s Concordance Lexicon. So please take heed of them and then take them to the Holy Spirit in prayer for His Confirmation and Revelation.

 

Ever since God gave the written Word to Moses man has twisted God’s Words to fit the lust of their flesh and desires. One of the biggest twist is the belief that man’s “flesh” is made in the image of God, when the Spirit and Truth, of God’s Word, is that it is our soul and eternal spirit that is made God’s Spiritual Image the Holy Spirit of Christ.

 

Now let us look at what the scripture are truly saying. As for the flesh being made in God’s image let us look back to the beginning at Genesis.

 

And let us start with God’s truth about Himself, that God is Spirit and not Flesh.

Genesis 1:1-2 (KJV)
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

 

Now let us look at the first statement of man being made in God’s image.

Genesis 1:26-27 (KJV)
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

 

Now let us look at the key words in these verses;

Image; Strong’s Number 6754 Hebrew Word: ‏צֶלֶם‎; Transliteration: ṣelem

from an unused root meaning to shade; a phantom, i.e. (figurative) illusion, resemblance; hence a representative figure, especially an idol: – image, vain shew.

 

Likeness; Strong’s Number 1823 Hebrew Word: ‏דְּמוּת‎; Transliteration: demût

from <H1819> (damah); resemblance; concrete model, shape; adverb like :- fashion, like (-ness, as), manner, similitude.

 

Dominion; Strong’s Number 7287 Hebrew Word: ‏רָדָה‎ Transliteration: rādâ

a primitive root; to tread down, i.e. subjugate; specifically to crumble off: – (come to, make to) have dominion, prevail against, reign, (bear, make to) rule, (-r, over), take.

 

Now remembering God is Spirit and the flesh cannot be spiritual, as written; 1 Corinthians 15: 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Now looking at the understanding of the words “image”, “Likeness” and “dominion”. We can see God was speaking figuratively for the flesh cannot take on the spiritual, and is simply saying we are made like God in that God has given us dominion over His physical creations. Then ask ourselves if we are made in His image which means a phantom, i.e. (figurative) illusion, are not saying then we are made in the image of a phantom, i.e. (figurative) illusion? Are we then calling God a phantom, i.e. (figurative) illusion? Then ask where is our Faith in God and Christ?

 

Now let us see the Truth of our Spiritual Image made like His Spiritual Image in the Holy Spirit.

 

Colossians 3:1-4 KJV

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

 

When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

1 John 3:2-3 KJV

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:

 

but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.

 

So what shall we be like? Ask what is the Holy Spirit like? Is He not Spirit as God is Spirit, as it is written?

John 1:1-4, 14 (KJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

 

So if it is not the flesh that is made in the likeness of God, what is? As we will see it our soul and eternal spirit that is made in God’s Spiritual Image. Now let us get an understanding of what our soul is, and what it can become when Indwelled with the Holy Spirit.

 

The Soul is that in which there is life, a living being a living soul.

1 Corinthians 15:44-50 (KJV)
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

 

The Soul is the seat of the feelings desires, affections, aversions, the (human) soul in so far as it is constituted that by the right use of the aids offered it by God it can attain its highest end and secure eternal blessedness. the soul regarded as a moral being designed for everlasting life.

Galatians 5:16-17 (KJV)
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

 

The soul as an essence which differs from the body and is not dissolved by death.

Where the soul is eternal the flesh mortal and will pass away.

Genesis 3:19 (KJV)
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it was thou taken for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

1 Corinthians 15:50 (KJV)
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

 

Now understand once the flesh dies or Christ comes we that are transformed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit will become a spiritual body. And what is our spiritual?

 

Spiritual Body G4152 πνευματικός  pneumatikos

from <G4151> (pneuma); non-carnal, i.e. (humanly) ethereal (as opposed to gross), or (demoniacally) a spirit (concretely), or (divinely) supernatural, regenerate, religious :- spiritual.
The resurrection body of the dead in Christ is “spiritual,” i.e., such as is suited to the heavenly environment, 1 Car 15:44. All that is produced and maintained among men by the operations of the Spirit of God is “spiritual,” l Cor 15:46.

 

The spiritual man is one who walks by the Spirit, both in the sense of Gal 5:16 and in that of 5:25, and who himself manifests the fruit of the Spirit in His own ways. According to the Scriptures; the “spiritual” state of soul is normal for the believer. but to this state all believers do not attain, nor when, it is attained is it always maintained.

Thus the; apostle, in 1 Cor 3:1-3, suggests a contrast be­tween this spiritual state and that of the babe ‘ in Christ, i.e., of the man who because of immaturity and inexperience has not yet reached spirituality, and that of the man who by permitting jealousy, and the strife to which jealousy always leads, has lost it.

The spiritual state is reached by diligence in the Word of God and in prayer; it is maintained by obedience and self-Judgment. Such as are led by the Spirit are spiritual, but, of course, spirituality is not a fixed or absolute condition, it admits of growth; indeed growth in ‘the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” 2 Pet 3:18, is evidence of, true spirituality.

 

So we can see that the soul and spirit of man is made in the eternal Spiritual Image of God and not the flesh, as it is written. 1 Corinthians 15:50 that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

 

Rev. Dennis Dean Wilson Jr

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