Man in the Image & Likeness of God.

God is SPIRIT!

Dear Friends

I have been studying about Let Us make man it our IMAGE & Our Likeness.  Just what does that mean? As I study into this subject! I have come across two teachers that teach on what I call a THRID LEVEL of Understanding.  Mr. J. Preston Eby, Mr. Ralph Knowles.  I will say, it is hard to understand. But I know that with the HELP of the Spirit of Christ the understanding will come to LIGHT! In this concept one has to look from the Spirit Mind.  “Which is CHRIST IN US the Hope of Glory” Col. 1:27 I have come to see that in Genesis 1: 1 In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heaven (it should read heavens) and the earth” KJV, so this verse should read thus: In the beginning Elohim (God) created The Heavens and The Earth.  The first thing we see is in Genesis verse 2 “And the Earth became without form, and void; and darkness upon the face of the deep. And the SPIRIT of Elohim (God) moved upon the face of the waters.” Verse 3 “And Elohim (God) said, (Spoke) “Let there BE LIGHT:” and there was LIGHT.”  1John 1:5 [Darby]) “And this is the message which we have heard from him, and declare to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” So the Light of God which is Spirit dispels darkness that covers our mind i.e. The Vail.

Comment:  We need to stop here and get this one thing straight John 4:24 “ELOHIM (God) IS SPIRIT.” And out of Elohim (God) came Only Spirit! For that is what HE IS! This Elohim created everything in spirit and spirit is invisible! This is one reason the CARNL MIND CANNOT UNDERSTAND GOD! For He is SPIRIT! He is Light! We need to have a renewing of our mind!  For what You Think So You Are!

We absolutely need the Mind of Christ which is Spirit to even to begin to understand the things of God. How does one receive it? YOU ASK FOR IT!   For without it we are just reading ink on paper. And our carnal mind will render it to a PHYISCAL LEVEL base on the Five Sense. And we will come to the wrong conclusion just like Eve did.   In the book of Genesis is where it all started and we need to understand just what the Creator Elohim (God) is telling us.  How are we to conceive in our mind something that is SPIRIT?  The only way I know of is By the Holy Spirit of God.  The Spirit has to shine its light on us! Just like Christ did to Paul. Because after that monument of a split second Paul was converted to Christ! And Paul was a very hard core person. I mean He said he was the Chief Sinner! There was no one as bad as He was!   So it does not matter if you think you are a bad person or a good person. Because Christ converted Paul He can and will convert you. And He (Christ) will not convert you to any religion. For, they do not know the way to the Truth. In fact Religion only causes great division amount people. To the point one thinks they are better than the others or more righteous than the other.  They fail to teach that it is CHRIST IN YOU THE HOPE OF GLORY!  When one comes to the Understanding that Christ is in everything as a seed.

And that by the moving of the Holy Spirit that seed begins to grow. And it takes root down deep into YOUR Earth! And it absorbs all the Carnal Mind until you have the Full mind of Christ! Then you are birth as a manifested Child of God. (Gal 4:19 [Darby]) my children, of whom I again travail in birth until Christ shall have been formed in you:  We are to have a renewing of our mind. Prov. 23:7 [ASV]) for as he thinketh within himself, so is he Let’s write it this way. For As He (Man) Thinks Within Himself, SO IS HE! 

For what You Think So You Are!

This is something you have to think very hard about. It has a great effect on your life! We form our life from what we program our mind to believe! Religion has had its full share of programing your way of thinking. It tells you that we are cut off from God! And that you need some form of a leader to teach you about things pertaining to God. This DOES NOT LINE UP WITH SCRIPTURE! You need NO one to teach you EXCEPT Christ who is WITHIN YOU!  For when we were create in Christ at the foundation of this world. (Eph. 1:4 [Darby]) According as he has chosen us in him before [the] world's foundation, that we should be holy and blameless before him in love;” that point’s us back to Genesis. At that point we had all the knowledge of God the Father and Christ!  So what happen to us that we believe the LIE that we are less than what God is? (Ps 82:6 [ASV]) I said, Ye are gods, And all of you sons of the Most High. (Ps 82:6 [UKJV]) I have said, All of you are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. This is the same thing that Jesus Christ said in (John 10:34-35 [EBR]) Jesus answered them––Is it not written in your law: I, said, Ye are, gods? 35 If, those, he called gods, unto whom, the word of God, came––and the Scripture cannot be broken––

How can this be? It is very simple. For what You Think So You Are! You see you have not been taught that you are of God! And there for you do not think you are!  But let me ask you this. What is God made of? John 4:24 GOD IS SPIRIT!  And so what do you think you are?  My friend it is very simple it is not complex for in Genesis 1: 26 – 28 it states “Elohim (God) said Let Us Make Adam in Our Image and our likeness.”  (Gen 1:26 - 28 [TS98]) And Elohim said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the livestock, and over all the earth and over all the creeping creatures that creep on the earth.” 27 And Elohim created the man (this Man Adam is Christ) in His image,(Elohim God is Spirit) in the image of Elohim He created himmale and female He created them. 28 And Elohim blessed them, and Elohim said to them, “Bear fruit and increase, and fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over all creatures moving on the earth.”

Christ said that he was the beginning and the end! (Rev 21:6 [Darby]) “And he said to me. It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to him that thirsts of the fountain of the water of life freely.” Also in (John 1:1-5 [KJV]) “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. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”

And in (John 3:16 - 18 [UKJV]) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And in (Col 1:15 [Darby]) “Who is image of the invisible God, firstborn of all creation;”

 

Here is proof that Christ is the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD! And the FIRST, BORN OF ALL CREATION!

When The Father planned to recreate Himself! He made the First Adam in Gen 1:26. Now before you derail off the track. Let me say this. Did not Paul say in 1 Cor. 15:45 that Christ was the LAST ADAM! If that be the case then Christ had to be The FIRST ADAM! Was He not the first of ALL CREATION? YES! (Col 1:15 [Darby]) “Who is image of the invisible God, firstborn of all creation;” He is the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD! John 3:16 “For, God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” The Father only birth Christ. How could that be? (Rom 11:36 [ISV]) “For all things are from him, (God the Father) by him, and for him. Glory belongs to him forever! Amen.”

(Gen 1:26 - 28 [ISV]) Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, to be like us. (Lit. image, according to our likeness) Let them (Lit. him) be masters over the fish in the ocean, the birds that fly, the livestock, everything that crawls on the earth, and over the earth itself!” 27 So God created mankind (ADAM) in his own image; in his own image God created them; (Lit. him) he created them (Lit. him) male and female. 28 God blessed these (Him) humans (ADAM) by saying to them, (Lit. him) “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it! Be masters over the fish in the ocean, the birds that fly, and every living thing that crawls on the earth!” (Gen 1:31 [ISV]) “Now God saw all that he had made, and indeed, it was very good! The twilight and the dawn were the sixth day.”

This is Christ the First Born of God! (Col 1:15 [Darby]) “Who is image of the invisible God, firstborn of all creation;” It cannot be any other! John 4:24 GOD IS SPIRIT! And anything living has come from the Father for He is the Source of ALL! ? (Rom 11:36 [ISV]) “For all things are from him, (God the Father) by him, and for him. Glory belongs to him forever! Amen.” 

(Jas 1:18 [ISV]) In accordance with his will he made us his children by the word of truth, so that we might become the most important of his creatures.” The word of Truth is Christ Jesus. The Word was with God in the beginning. John 1:3-4 “All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life; (Spirit) and the life was the light of men” The Father made all things by Christ! He was the first born of creation. (Eph 2:10 [ASV])

“For we are his (the Fathers) workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God (the Father) afore prepared that we should walk in them.”

Gen. 1:27 “So God created mankind (ADAM) in his own image; in his own image God created them; (Lit. him) he created them (Lit. him) male and female. 28 God blessed these (Him) humans (ADAM) by saying to them, (Lit. him) “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it! Be masters over the fish in the ocean, the birds that fly, and every living thing that crawls on the earth!”

You have to come to see that SPIRIT has both male & female as ONE. Jesus said in (John 10:30 [ISV]) “I and the Father are one.” When, the Father brought forth The ADAM, who is Christ. God created Him as Spirit. Because that is WHAT THE FATHER IS! He Is SPIRIT! And therefore Christ is Spirit! And when Christ brought forth US we are also made of Spirit male and female, but are one in Christ.

This is why the Father could bring forth from Himself with no need of anyone else. (He did not need a female) Because His spirit is both MALE & FEMALE! He the Father can and has reproduced Himself in the form of the only begotten Son Christ! Who is and was SPIRIT! That is what The Father only creates is Spirit. That is as it were his building material. The Father told Christ (Adam) “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it!

So in Genesis 2:7 we see Adam who is the Christ bring forth of himself just as the Father did. You need to keep in mind that ALL of Creation was and is Created OUT OF SPIRIT! For that is what The Father and Christ are, SPIRIT! When the LORD God causes a deep sleep to fall on Adam and He separated the womb from Adam. At this point Adam represented Christ as the Spirit. And Eve represented (Soul) or mankind. You need to remember that in Genesis 1:26 – 28 Adam was created in the Image & Likeness of God, Who is Spirit!

That is what YOU and I were in the Beginning. For everything is OF or FROM The Father God! And that Spirit has both Male & Female that is ONE! Jesus said “I and My Father are ONE! So this Image and Likeness is both male and female. Means that in you is that spirit which is both male and female that needs to act AS ONE in order to bring forth the Body of Christ!

Who is that Body? “You are the Temple of God”. Where does God Dwell? In that temple not made with hands! Why do you not understand this? It is because of the carnal mind which was put to sleep by the LORD God! Which God NEVER woke up Adam from this sleep! We only believe he did. But the scripture never tells us that. We assume that because Adam is speaking, he must be awake? Have you ever talked in your sleep?This whole Analogy in Genesis is about being Spirit. For WE ARE IN THE IMAGE OF AND LIKENESS OF GOD WHICH IS SPIRIT! Only when, Eve conversed with the serpent which was her mind without input from the Spirit of God. She made the choice that through Knowledge of the Tree Good & Evil she could be as god. The carnal mind was cut off from input of the Spirit of God.

This is the Strong Delusion spoken in 2Thess 2:11 [ISV]) for this reason, God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie. Not maybe but WILL BELIEVE THE LIE! So what is this lie? Look at Genesis 3:1 - 7 [ISV]) Now the Shining One (The Heb. word Ha-Nachash means the Shining One; or the Diviner; i.e. one who falsely claims to reveal God’s word; or the Serpent) was more clever than any animal of the field that the Lord God had made. It (Lit, And it asked the woman) “Did God actually say, ‘You are not to eat from any tree of the garden’?” 2 “We may eat from the trees of the garden,” the woman answered the serpent, 3 “but as for the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You are not to eat from it, nor are you to touch it, or you will die.’” 4 “You certainly will not die!” the Shining One (Or the Serpent); told the woman. 5 “Even God knows that on the day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you’ll become like God, (Or gods) knowing good and evil.” 6 When the woman saw that the tree produced good food, was attractive in appearance, (Lit. was pleasing to the eyes) and was desirable for making one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate it. (The Heb. lacks it) Then she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate some, too. (The Heb. lacks some, too) 7 As a result, they both understood what they had done, (Lit. the eyes of both of them were opened) and they became aware that they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.  And what did they do? Genesis 3:8 - 23 [ISV]) When they heard the voice of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden during the breeze of the day, the man and his wife concealed themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 So the Lord God called out to the man, asking him, “Where are you?” 10 “I heard your voice in the garden,” the man answered, “and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid from you.” 11 “Who told you, that you are naked?” God asked. “Did you eat fruit from the tree that I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man answered, “The woman whom you provided for me gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate some of it.” 13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What did you do?” “The Shining One misled me,” the woman answered, “so I ate.” 14 The Lord God told the Shining One, “Because you have done this, you are more cursed than all the livestock, and more than all the earth’s animals, you’ll crawl on your belly and eat dust as long as you live. 15 “I’ll place hostility between you and the woman between your offspring and her offspring, He’ll strike you on the head, and you’ll strike him on the heel.” 16 He told the woman, “I’ll greatly increase the pain of your labor during childbirth; it will be painful for you to bear children. “Your trust turns toward your husband, yet he will dominate you.” 17 He told the man, “Because you have listened to what your wife said, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ cursed is the ground because of you. You’ll eat from it through pain-filled labor for the rest of your life.18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you’ll eat the plants from the meadows. 19 You will eat food by the sweat of your brow until you’re buried in the ground, because you were taken from it. You’re made from dust and you’ll return to dust.”20 Now Adam had named his wife “Eve,” because she was to become the mother of everyone who was living. 21 The Lord God fashioned garments from animal skins for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. 22 Later, the Lord God said, “Look! The man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, so he won’t reach out, also take from the tree of life, eat, and then live forever—” 23 therefore the Lord God expelled the man from the garden of Eden so he would work the ground from which he had been taken.

Remember “For what You Think So You Are!”

James Oliver Near

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