Made In The Image

How many times when babies are born do we hear the question, “Who do they look like?” Our children grow up and they begin to act like one of the parents. It’s natural, they have their parents genes and they have grown up in their parents’ ways. The Proverbs 22: 6 tells us, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he grows older he will not abandon it.” 

Training happens by what we do and what we do not do, and by what we say and what we do not say. We must teach by word and example. We must teach what is good and what is bad. We also must teach by discipline which reinforces that which is good and that which is bad, as Ephesians 6:4 says, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

But what about our heavenly Father? Do we look like Him or even act like Him? 

Genesis 1:26a- 27 tells us this, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make mankind in Our image, according to Our likeness.’ So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” 

If God created us in His image then what does God look like? We know that God is a spirit

as John 4:24 says, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 

Yet the Bible speaks of God as if He has a body, here are only a few scriptures, Matthew 4:4 tells us, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone,    but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

We know that God spoke the world into existence as it speaks of this in Genesis 1:3,6,9,11,20,24,26,  And God said, ‘Let there be light,” and there was light.”’

Isaiah 59:1 says, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear.”

 2 Chronicles 16:9a says, “For the eyes of the Lord roam throughout the earth, so that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”

Deuteronomy 33:27 also says, “The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”

What else do we know about God? Well, we know that God’s Word became flesh as John 1:1-3 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being”

John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Colossians 1:15-16 says, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation:  for by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.”

In John 10:38, Yeshua, the Word says that He and the Father are one. 

So we see that God and His Word are one, like you and your word are one.

Proverbs 3:19-20 tells us this, “The Lord  founded the earth by wisdom, He established the heavens by understanding. By His knowledge the ocean depths were burst open, and the clouds drip with dew.”

We see here at the time of Creation that God spoke His Word, and His Word was wisdom and knowledge.

It’s hard to understand God, so the Scriptures speak of Him as if He was human, so that we can try to relate to Him as humans.

God speaks of His wisdom in Proverbs 8:21-28, 30-31, as if it were human. “God sovereignly made me—the first, the basic—  before He did anything else. I was brought into being a long time ago, well before Earth got its start. I arrived on the scene before Ocean,  yes, even before Springs and Rivers and Lakes. Before Mountains were sculpted and Hills took shape,  I was already there, newborn; long before God stretched out Earth’s Horizons, and tended to the minute details of Soil and Weather, and set Sky firmly in place,  I was there. Then I was beside Him, as a master workman; and I was His delight daily, rejoicing always before Him, rejoicing in the world, His earth, and having my delight in the sons of mankind.”

We see that the three witnesses of Creation were God, His Word and His  Wisdom. If Yeshua is the Word, then who is Wisdom? Wisdom is the Holy Spirit. We see Him hovering over the water in Genesis 1:2 We also know that Wisdom is the Holy Spirit from 1 Corinthians 12:8a, “For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit.”

We know that God and His Word are one, but what about the Holy Spirit?

Romans 8:9 says, “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Messiah, he does not belong to Him.”

Galatians 4:6, “ Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

 1 Corinthians 1: 24,30, “But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Messiah the power of God and the wisdom of God.” “But it is due to Him that you are in Messiah Yeshua, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.” 

So we see that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Messiah. If God and His Word are one, and if the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Messiah who is one with God, then the Holy Spirit is also one with God.  God calls Himself, I AM, in Exodus 3:14. You too can say of yourself, “I am”, in other words, I exist. I am, me, myself and I. I can say that my words and I are one, because I am who I say I am and my words are my words.  We can also say that my thoughts, my wisdom and my knowledge also make up who I am, in other words my intellect, or my mind. So too, with God who also is one like you, because you are made in His image. You are only one yet, there is me, myself and I . There is I, there is me who exists, and I am made up of my words and my intellect, or you could say my  knowledge and my wisdom. I have my body, soul, and spirit, but I am not three people in one, I am only one, despite my  words and my intellect, and myself.  We are made in the image of God. Like God whom we have dwelling inside us, we have the gift of His Holy Spirit and we have the fruit of His Holy Spirit and we also have His Word to teach us how to live in Him.  When God said, “Let us make man in our image,” this is what God meant, that we would look like Him (spirit) and act like Him (in our deeds), and speak like Him (His Word) and we would be eternal like Him, because He made us with an eternal soul, the I am part of us. There are numerous Scriptures that speak about our souls living beyond the grave. So let’s look closer at our soul and our spirit.

The soul is made up of three parts: our mind, our emotions and our will and our spirit is also made up of three parts: our conscience, our spirituality and our intuition. Like God who is made up of three parts, we also are made in His image. Who knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God? So who knows our thoughts except our spirit as 1 Corinthians 2:11 tells us.

Our spirituality gives us the ability to communicate with God and serve Him as Romans 1: 9a says, “For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son.”

Romans 8:16a says, “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.” 

Our intuition is our sense of feeling, our gut reaction. It’s like the first line of defense and our intuition is usually always right. 

The Heart

We call our soul, our heart. We love with our hearts. It is the emotional part of our soul, but it also is part of our spirit. Our heart thinks, it rejoices, and it is grieved.  Our conscience tells our hearts what is right or wrong. Paul struggled within him as he tells us in  Romans 7:15-20, “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.  Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.  So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.  For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.  Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.”

 With our spirituality the of heart man believes in God  and we are to love the Lord with all of our heart. We say that we have God in our hearts, that is in our spirit,  whereas our soul is to reflect God in our lives. 

Romans 10:8-10 tells us this about faith, “But what does faith say? ‘The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Yeshua as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;  for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”’

We see here in the proclamation of our faith that we are using our soul and spirit.

We see that we must believe in our hearts, that is our spirit and confess with our mouth, that is our soul. The soul expresses  and the spirit is where we receive and discern what is right and what is wrong.  It says, this is correct and so we believe, and so we have faith, and our soul takes that and puts it in our mouths, for out of the heart man speaks as Matthew 12:34b tells us, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”  

Mark 12: 30 says this, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

Again we see the use of our soul and spirit. We must contain our love in our spirit and then express that love through our soul.

1 John 3:18 says, “Little children, let’s not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.”

Our forefathers brought about the teaching of the trinity, three persons in God, but this was man made.  We are made in God’s image and God is ONE! We are ONE! Tertullian has been called “the father of Latin Christianity”, as well as “the founder of Western theology”. Tertullian originated new theological concepts and advanced the development of early Church doctrine. He is perhaps most famous for being the first writer in Latin known to use the term trinity (Latin: trinitas).

The Council of Nicaea in 325 stated the crucial formula for that doctrine in its confession that the Son is “of the same substance [homoousios] as the Father,” even though it said very little about the Holy Spirit. Over the next half century, St. Athanasius defended and refined the Nicene formula, and, by the end of the 4th Century, under the leadership of St. Basil of Caesarea, St. Gregory of Nyssa, and St. Gregory of Nazianzus (the Cappadocian Fathers), the doctrine of the Trinity took substantially the form it has maintained ever since.

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