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The Image Of God

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 The Image of Man

By

Kevin Rae

 

Psalms 33:4  For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.

 

 

 

 

The Image Of God

 

Firstly, there is only one God (Duet 6:4  Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:), but God exists in three persons called the Godhead.   Colossians 2:9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

 

Romans 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:   

    

To illustrate this we can look at H2O [ water] in three temperatures.  When frozen, the water becomes solid known as ice; it can flow as liquid or form as steam; but all three forms are still H2O

 

God is a trinity, a three part living being, all separate but all in perfect harmony and unity with one another.

 

Another illustration is fire which has three elements; fuel, heat and oxygen. Without one of these elements the fire ceases to exist. The fuel is the body of the fire, the heat is the soul of the fire, and the oxygen is the spirit of the fire.

 

Hebrews 12:29  For our God is a consuming fire.

 

1 John 5:7  For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

 

God is a trinity, and the things of God can be clearly seen (Romans 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: but we on the earth in 2005 can't see the Lord Jesus now [ his body]; we can feel the effects of the Holy Spirit, but we have to be careful because devils can give us a feeling also and you can't always tell which spirit it is, so we must always try the spirits whither it be of God or not (1 John 4:1-2). It is vastly important to put this onEphesians 6:13-18 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

 

 We can clearly see the work of a Father looking after his children by looking at the history of nations who put the LORD God first, testimonials of people that God has pulled through impossible situations, and how God has kept Israel, that we know there is a Father (1 Sam 17:46  This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

 

Romans 8:15  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

 

God the Father is the I AM (Ex 3:14) Since God made man in his own image, the Fatherís image was displayed fully in the soul of Adam, and comparatively in manís fallen image.

 

God the Son is the Lord Jesus Christ and is THE body ( Gen 18:1). Since God made man in his own image, the Sonís image was displayed fully in the body of Adam, and comparatively in manís fallen image.

 

 God the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God ( 1 Sam 11:6). Since God made man in his own image, the Holy Spiritís image was displayed fully in the spirit of Adam, and comparatively in manís fallen image.

 

God the Son is the Lord Jesus Christ.  Christ is the 'last Adam'  and while 1Co 15:45  denotes Adam a quickening spirit, his body is analogous to the earthly body of the Lord Jesus Christ. While the spirit of Adam reflected God himself (God is a Spirit [John 4:25]), the spirit of fallen man is analogous to the Holy Spirit.

 

 We can plainly see why God hates image worship so much ( Lev 19:4), God makes man in his image and man makes God in the image of wood, stone or anything ( Deut 29:17).

 

  

When God was manifest in the flesh (1 Tim 3:16) He came as the last Adam (1 Cor 15:45) The Lord Jesus had a living Spirit (John 1:32) [ I do believe the Holy Spirit was with the Lord Jesus from conception (John 3:34)], a living Soul (John 14:9), and a special prepared Body like the first Adam, but not quite!

 

The first Adam had no blood (Gen 2:23) the Lord Jesusí blood was sinless and got His blood from God (Acts 20:28). This is also evidence that the Lord did not have an earthly father as Josephís blood was corrupt from the sin of Adam (Rom 5:12). Also the Lord Jesus shed His uncorrupted blood (2 Cor 5:21) to pay for the sins of the world.  1 John 2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

 

 So Godís image is of a person.

 

The image of God is the Lord Jesus Christ

 

  

 

Hebrews 1:2-3  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

 

2 Corinthians 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

 

 So of a scriptural truth and fact, the image of God is the Lord Jesus Christ. Anything that we discover later on must compliment and support this fact of scripture. The Lord Jesus Christ had a living human body with God's blood (Acts 20:28). He had blood because it was to be shed for us and He had to die (Rom 3:25, 5:9), it couldnít be human blood because that carried the sinful seed of man (1 Kings 2:33), thus the shedding of human blood would be spotted and blemished.

 

Our blood is no good, it has to be righteous blood (Heb 9:14, 1 Pet 1:18, 19).The born again believer in Christ is part of a great mystery, we are baptized into the body of Christ, (1 Cor. 12:13) and become members of His flesh and bones (Eph 5:30-32), but not blood.

The blood of Christ was for a purpose, Hebrews 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; His blood was likewise as ours but not exactly the same (Heb 2:14), it was a payment for sin; it was used to be shed for sinners; it was mingled with the vile filth of this world when he drank down that spiritual cup Mark 14:36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. He then  then emptied himself on the cross.

The Lord God requires a sacrifice without blemish and pollution.  Malachi 1:7-8 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts. The only bread that was acceptable was a 'perfect' 'sinless', 'spotless', 'blameless' sacrifice 'The Lord Jesus Christ' who is 'The Bread of Life' .  John 6:48 I am that bread of life. The Lord Jesus Christ blood was neither lame nor sick, but 'Perfect and without blemish'John 6:53-56 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

 

Concerning our Lord's blood: We will not have any blood when we receive our 'glorified' body.  The only person who has ever had a 'glorified' body while still having blood in his body is the Lord Jesus Christ.  This took place when he met Moses and Elias at a high mountain.  Moses and Elias didn't have blood, but the Lord Jesus did and his body was a 'glorified' body.  Why?  Because HE had God's blood!

Matthew 17:1-5 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

 

 

When Christ arose he was flesh and bones. The image of God has to be flesh and bones, or flesh and blood [IF you have the blood of God] which we donít!

 

 

 

Spirit and Soul of God  

 

Matthew 3:16  And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

 

 Mark 1:10  And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:

 

 Luke 3:22  And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

 

 John 1:32  And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

 

The Lord Jesus as a human (1 John 5:8) had a body (John 4:6, Heb 5:7-8), and a human spirit which wills, feels, grieves (John 11:33, Mark 2:8) , and a human soul (Matt 26:38, Isa 53:10-11).

 

The Lord Jesus as God manifest in the flesh (1 Tim 3:16, 1 John 5:7) had a divine body (John 3:13, 6:19, Acts 2:31), and a divine Spirit (John 3:34, Heb 1:9), and a divine soul (Luke 3:22)

 

The Lord Jesus Christís spirit was in unity with the Holy Spirit whom descended like a dove and abode upon Him (John 1:32). This communion was only broken when the Lord drank the spiritual cup (John 18:11) and had cried out on the cross (Matt 27:46,50).

 

Notice the cry of anguish of His human spirit when the fellowship was broken.

 

His Soul is the Father, (Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.) who testifies to all present that He is ďin theeĒ and is well pleased  (Luke 3:22) . That is why the Lord Jesus said that those who have seen me hath seen the Father (John 14:9). Paul tells us that Christ is the image of the invisible God (Col 1:15). Remember that He also told the Jews in John 5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. Why? 1 Corinthians 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

 

The Jews refused to believe the witness of  God and killed the testator (Heb 9:16). It doesn't say nobody ever has heard His voice, nor seen His shape, but only the Jews that the Lord was talking to.

Mark 4:23  If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

 

The trinity has never been out of fellowship with one another until the Son took upon Himself the sins of the world ( 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.), they have been one in all things forever (1 John 5:7), they were together in the Creation, the Incarnation, in Redemption, in Salvation, in Communion, in Glory. At the time of The Lord Jesus Christ becoming sin for us ( 2 Cor 5:21), the Father and the Holy Spirit  had a separate job to do at the cross. The Father had to give the Son the spiritual cup to drink ( John 18:11 : the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?). The Holy Spirit was to quicken the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:18-19 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;) The Lord Jesus human spirit went up to the Father in Heaven with the Holy Spirit ( Matt 27:50). Then the Holy Spirit came down again to quicken the Son who had life in himself.

 

John 5:25-26  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

 

Jesus is the Lord, The Holy Spirit is the Lord. The Father is the Lord. Jesus is God, The Holy Spirit is God. The Father is God. Never is Jesus the Father nor the Holy Spirit. Never is the Holy Spirit called Jesus.

 

Notice the Father is not in the flesh but in Him (Luke 3:22), the soul of the saved man is no longer in the flesh but in him ( Col 2:11-14), the same as the Spirit of God dwells in you. (Rom 8:8- 9).

 

The Lord Jesus shed God's blood on the cross. He would have lived for ever had He not shed that blood. That was the only way to kill Him, by taking that blood from His human flesh. That is why He said that He lay down His own life and nobody took it from him. (John 10:17-18)

 

        

The Lord Jesus was baptized, NOT for a payment of sin (2 Cor 5:21) but to fulfil all righteousness (Matt 3:15). He was preparing His human tabernacle for the presence of the Father and the Holy Spirit by the cleansing of water, and not a blood sacrifice for sin. (Ex 29:4-7, Lev 16:4). Notice also after the resurrection; Mary was forbidden to touch the Lord Jesus (John 20:17  Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and [to] my God, and your God. ). Why? Because He hadnít yet ascended to His Father. He wanted to be clean with no virtue gone out of Him when the Trinity met again. ( Numbers 19:11 He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days.) The Lord who is our High Priest ( Hebrews 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;)  didn't want to wait seven days to receive his glorified body, in which can be touched. The Lord Jesus had also one more task to perform with His Godly Blood.

The High Priest was to sanctify the eternal throne of Grace for us to come boldly right now and the Jews later because there will be no more sacrifice available ( Hebrews 7:22-28  By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.  For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.)

Therefore why would anyone think that the precious blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ merely fell to the ground and stayed there and dried up?

We are speaking of God's own blood (Acts 20:28).

Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. (Hebrews 9:18-20)

Leviticus 4:17 And the priest shall dip his finger in some of the blood, and sprinkle it seven times before the LORD, even before the vail.

Leviticus 16:15 Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat:

And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
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Hebrews 9:22-26)

  I put it to you that his blood was offered by the High Priest the Lord Jesus Christ when He ascended after the resurrection, that's why Mary could not touch him for he yet had not acsended.

 It was offered in the heavenly place.
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, (Hebrews 10:19).

 

While I know that after the resurrection (John 20:27), we are not under the Law and that he nailed it to the cross. God who is all knowing, knew that the letters of Paul later on, that some Pharisee would find that Mary had a dead body (Romans ), and had touched the Lord before his ascend and accuse Him of being unclean.

 

After all it was for our benefit that he nailed it to the cross, not his. The Lord Jesus could still live by the Law.

 

 

 

Below in the box is what we will call the criteria for meeting the requirements of the image of God. We will re-assess this box each time to see if the criteria is met. This first box denotes the image of God fulfilled by our Lord.

 

 

 

 

The Criteria

So letís see what weíve got for the image of God

The image is The Lord Jesus Christ (2 Cor 4:4)

 

1   The body is flesh and bones. ( Luke 24:39)

( or flesh, bones, and Godís blood [ Acts 20:28]

 

2   The spirit is in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. (John 1:32)

 

3   The soul is separate in the body.(Luke 3:22)

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOD Made Man In The Image Of God  

 

 

Adam made in the image of God

 

 

Genesis 1:26-27  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 creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

 

 Genesis 1:27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

 

 Adam was made in the image of God.

Notice the ďusď and ďourĒ. God created the image in the same format as the Godhead. (a tri-part being). Adam was made a threefold being, a body, soul, and spirit. 

 

 

 

 

Letís look at Genesis 2:7 carefully.

 

 Genesis 2:7  And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the Lord formed man out of the dust of the ground

 

 1. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, - Adam was made a living body ( Gen 2:7, 23) The body was dead or inanimate until he breathed into Adam the breath of life.

 

2. and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; Adam was made a living [quickened] spirit ( Gen 2:7)

 

3. and man became a living soul. Adam was made a living soul  ( Gen 2:7)

 

 

 

 The body walked, talked, and ate, it obviously was living. Adamís body was made from earth (1 Cor 15:47), and would have lived had he not sinned and brought death upon mankind. They were told that they could eat of every tree except one. (Genesis 2:16-17 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.) But since they had not sinned as yet, there was no death, there was no immediate need for the tree of life, yet they were in an obvious testing state. God was going to see (ha! he already knew) if they were going to obey. In the Book of Revelation, the tree of life is for fruit and the leaves are for the healing of the nations ( Rev 22:2). So the tree of life was probably for the descendants of Adam, who would have travelled to Eden each month for there fruit.  Alas ! Adam did sin and death was brought upon them.  That's why access to the tree of life was forbidden.( Gen 3:22).  

Adamís body was flesh and bone, (Genesis 2:23  And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.)

 

There was no need for the body to have blood to carry the life therein because Adam and Eve had access to the tree of life to sustain them if they needed it         ( maybe Adam sinned before the first month was up [ Rev 22:2]). Their circularly system was probably water. Hence Moses and Jesusí first miracle (Ex 7:19, John 4:46).

 

Also, when our Lord was dead on the cross and the life was out of Him, the blood and water had began to separate (John 19:34). Remembering the criteria explained above, that the body had to be flesh and bone or flesh, bone, and God's blood. Adam fulfils it by being made flesh and bone.

 

There are other scriptures with the term ďflesh an bone[s]Ē but they are concerned with relatives and relations especially on the mothers side (Gen 29:14, Jud 9:2) and are not concerned with the make-up of the human being. The other references are to do with sacrifices in the Old Testament.

 

Look at the Lordís body after the resurrection, but now we find no mention of blood.  (Eph 5:30, Luke 24:39  Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.)

 

Adam received his spirit and soul when the LORD God breathed into his nostrils and became a living soul (Gen 2:7).When the LORD God (Jesus) breathed on the disciples, the disciples received the Holy Ghost (John 20:22). It doesnít say that the Holy Spirit left Adam but the fact is Adam had a personal walk and communion with God that no other man ever has. Adam still had a freewill to choose right and wrong (Gen 3:6) even though the Holy Spirit was in him, as He is in Paul (Rom 7:19 ). And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man... (Gen 6:3).

 

The Spirit is pictured in the Bible as ĎAir or Windí (John 3: 6-8,  Acts 2:2.)

God created Adam totally alive, with a live body, soul and spirit.

The disciples received an indwelling of the Holy Ghost before Pentecost and before the Comforter was fully come.  John 20:22  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

 So when the Lord Jesus breathed on the disciples they received the Holy Ghost and it doesnít say that the Holy Spirit left them and came again on the day of Pentecost. 1 Corinthians 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Ė So when God breathed on Adam, I put it to you that he received a quickened spirit in communion with the Holy Spirit (Gen2:7, John 20:22)

 

 Job is a very near picture of the perfect man [ but yet Job was a sinner]

Job realises in his parable [a picture of something else], the lost relationship that Adam once had with God Job 27:1-6  Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,  As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;  All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;  My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit. God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me. My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

Job realised that the spirit of God was so close [nostrils], and he pleaded to  die and complained that God had taken away his judgment (Job knew the penalty for sin) but yet his own righteousness prevented the full communion with the Holy Spirit and his own spirit [my breath].

Job loved the LORD and his spirit yearned for the constant indwelling of the Holy Ghost, the fellowship that Adam once had before he lost in the Garden of Eden. Jobís spirit had despaired and wanted to return to the LORD.

Ecclesiastes 12:7  Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

 

 Adam was made in the image of God, thus like God who is a triune being; Adam had a body, [ Jesus Christ], he had a  soul [ God the Father] and a spirit  [The Holy Spirit].

 

 

 

God being a triune being, the Trinity is separate, as there is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.  Three Persons in One.

 

Therefore; Adam being a tripartite being would then have a separate soul, separate body, and separate spirit contained in the vessel Adam.

 

2 Corinthians 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. Christ is the image of God.

 

 Genesis 1:27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Adam was created in the image of God.

 

 

 

 

Remembering the criteria from the first time ( left hand column), we will add Adam before his fall ( right hand column) which we have seen fulfils the criteria of the image of God.

 

 

 

 

The Criteria

So letís see what weíve got for the image of God

The image is of The Lord Jesus Christ.(2 Cor 4:4)

 

Lord Jesus Christ

   Adam

1   The body is flesh and bones.

( Luke 24:39) [ Acts 20:28]

 

1 The body is flesh and bones.

    ( Gen 3:22)

 

2   The spirit is in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. ( John 1:32) 2   The spirit is in fellowship with the Holy Spirit.(Gen2:7, John 20:22) 
3   The soul is separate in the body. ( Luke 3:22) 3   The soul is separate in the body. (1 Cor 15:45)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Image of Man

 

Genesis 5:3  And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:

 

The question arises.

Is the image of Adam the same as the image of God?

 Or if they are different, when did the image change?

 

We learn from Gen 12:13 that in the old testament the soul is synonymous with the body .

Genesis 12:13  Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee. (Gen 19:20, Ex 12:15)

 

It is clear that the body and soul are bonded Numbers 19:11 confirms that the Old Testament soul is bonded, because if it wasnít why was the inner man affected?

He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days.

 

Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

 

Whereas, Adam was not made like that, Adam was made in the image of God with a separate body, soul, and spirit.

We are made bonded because of the sin that entered the world through Adam. (Rom 5:12).  Thus we have an Adamic image and nature and not in the image of God (Gen 5:3)

 Jeremiah 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

 

 Adamís spirit died on the day that he disobeyed God in the Garden. Genesis 2:17  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Romans 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

 

 

 

What died on that day that he eatest?  

It wasnít his body, it wasnít his soul, so it must have been his spirit.

Here God likens the spirit of Adam to the dead body of the believer IN Christ. Romans 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. From that day Adamís spirit was dead to the LORD. The fall of man had taken place.

 

Genesis 3:5-7  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.  And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

 

When Adam ate of that grape from the forbidden tree, his body changed from flesh and bone (Gen 2:23) to flesh, bone, and blood (Gen 4:10). He no longer could survive by eating of the tree of life to sustain his body (Gen 3:22). God changed his body to get its life from the blood (Gen 9:4). His body would also die eventually. God instituted the shedding of blood to cover sin. (Gen 3:21  Heb 9:22).

 

  As discussed before, Adamsí soul which was free inside became attached to his dying body. His living soul was then on a count down to judgement. Ezekiel 18:4  Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

 

 Colossians 2:11-14  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

 

Since the fall, we are made with our soul attached to us. It is not until after Calvary when the believer trusts in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross does his soul get separated. A circumcision is necessary to cut free our soul from our body, therefore when we sin as we still have a sin nature; it will not be accounted to us (Eph 4:30), but as for our bodies it most certainly will. (Romans 8:13  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.)

 

When the lost soul believes on the Lord and is born again, an operation takes place. God cuts the attached soul from your now dead body and makes it free to commune with the Spirit of God (Rom 8:9) John 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

 

 When the fellowship with God ended, Adamís spirit died in the fact that it had lost the divine communion with the Holy Spirit. Only the "Holy" can quicken our spirits John 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

 

Adamís communion with God was broken and was no longer joined with the Holy Spirit. (Gen 2:7  John 20:22). Although man did still commune with the Lord. (Gen 6:13) Enoch walked with the Lord (Gen 5:22 ). Others still had the Holy Spirit but the Holy Spirit would come and go.(1 Sam 16:14).  That  Garden of Eden fellowship was broken with man and only God could bridge the gap.  2 Corinthians 5:18  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

David tells us Psalm 58:3 that the wicked are liars from birth.  The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

David also realised what he was, an inherited sinner with that lost fellowship of a spirit dead to God which needed to regain that fellowship. Psalms 51:5  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Psalms 51:10-12  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Also, look at the language used in Psalm 51, it is a picture of the coming gospel of grace. Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

 

Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? It is argued that the speaker of this statement (Eliphaz the Temanite) is but a liar and was rebuked by the LORD in Job 42:7-8  And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job. The passage says that the Lord rebuked Eliphaz and his friends because they didn't speak  "of me the thing that is right"  It does not say, that everything they said was false, but only the thing they said about the LORD was not right!  In fact, if you take the argument that Eliphaz cannot be quoted on anything because he is a liar (Rom 3:4), but that you can take Job because he spoke "of me the thing which is right" then Job says in a similar way in chapter 14.  Job 14:1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

 

 Adam was once Ďborn of the Spirití. (Gen 2:7). That is WHY we MUST be Ďborn againí.  It is our dead spirit that has to be quickened. John 3:7-8  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Ephesians 2:1  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Ephesians 2:5-6  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

 

 The dead spirit still has function, feeling, emotion, and choice, it can respond; but, the spirit is dead to God. The dead spirit knows and wills the things of fleshy, earthy man but does not do the things of God. (Matt 16:17, 1 Corinthians 2:11  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

 

The same is for the born again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, our body is dead to God but it still has function, feeling, emotion, choice, and can respond but the body is now dead to God.

 

  Romans 8:10  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

 

Romans 6:6-7  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.

 

1 John 3:9  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

 

 

 

 

Why can he not commit sin?

 

He cannot commit sin because his soul in him is now detached from his body. His body can sin, but his soul cannot.

 

 The spirit of man lies as dead in our bodies full of anguish, despair, willing and wanting spiritual fellowship that was once there, (Gen 41:8 And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled;, Ex 6:9 And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit,, Num 5:14 And the spirit of jealousy come upon him, 1 Sam 1:15 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: , 1 Kings 21:5 ∂ But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad,) until it is either used of God ( Num 14:24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it., Ex 31:3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,, 1 Sam 16:14-15 ∂ But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him. And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.) or used of Satan (Lev 20:27 A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit,, Matthew 16:23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men., Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places., John 13:27 And after the sop Satan entered into him.)

 

Our spirit comes alive at the hearing of Godís word  John 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

 

2 Corinthians 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

 

 This is not to blame God for making us this way but rather it is our own freewill and nature that we are so. Ecclesiastes 7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

 

 It is argued that in Genesis 9 when God was talking to Noah and his sons that the phrase Ďimage of Godí mentioned means that mankind was in the image of God after the fall of Adam.

 

Genesis 9:6  Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

 

In the passage God was warning Noah and his sons of a change in the relationship that Noah ( mankind)  had with animals (Gen 9:2-3), man was not to eat blood because the life was therein, [before the fall, Adamís life was in the Tree of life (Gen 3:22),] God was warning Noah and his sons that men are different and special; with a reminder of what happened between Cain and Abel. Their great greatÖ. granddad Adam whom God made (past tense) was in the image of God.

 

 

 

 

 

To the criteria box we have added the lost man ( Btm left hand) and the saved man before the rapture ( Btm right hand ).

 

 

 

 

The Criteria

So letís see what weíve got now for the image of God.

The image is of The Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Lord Jesus Christ

   Adam

1   The body is flesh and bones. 1 The body is flesh and bones
2   The spirit is in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. 2   The spirit is in fellowship with the Holy Spirit
3   The soul is separate in the body. 3   The soul is separate in the body.
   

    The Lost Man   

The Saved Man

1   The body is flesh, bone, and man's blood. (Gen 4:10) 1 The body is flesh, bone and man's blood. ( Luke 11:51)

2   The spirit is not in fellowship with the Holy Spirit.

( Genesis 2:17 )

 

2  The spirit is quickened and in fellowship with the Holy Spirit.

( Eph 2:1)

 

3   The soul is attached to the body. ( Num 19:11)

3 The soul is circumcised from our bodies and is again separate.

  (Colossians 2:11-14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lost man is not made in the image of God according to the criteria in the word of God.    1 Corinthians 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy { Adam }, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly { God }.

The saved man has been restored but not fully.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TheLost Estate  

 

 

The relationship that Adam had with the Lord in the Garden of Eden was one of Adam living in communion with the Holy Spirit and walking with the LORD (Gen 3:8). We receive this communion again when we are Ďborn againí and joined with the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:17  But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.       Romans 8:16  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: )

 

However, even then, we are not fully one with God as Adam once was.

 

 (1 Corinthians 1:29  That no flesh should glory in his presence.) because our bodies are still sinfully wicked. Romans 7:18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not..

We still await our glorified bodies in which we will receive in a twinkling of an eye at the rapture. (1 Cor 15:52)

 

 Romans 8:17-25  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. See also (Phil 3:21)

 

 The saints, who have died in Christ between the cross and this date are also awaiting there glorified bodies. 1 Corinthians 15:19-22  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

 

Our naturesí have to be kept from wickedness (Rom 7:14-21, remember Paul is a SAVED man talking) and we also have the nature of Christ in us (Galatians 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.). See "Sin Nature"

 

 

 

 

 

 The Confusion Lies 

 

 

James 3:9  Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

 

 We are made in the similitude of God, that is we are similar, we are made in the image of Adam (Gen 5:3) and not the image of God. This is the state of being after the fall of man, and is described in the following passage -

 1 Corinthians 15:42-50  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption..

 

 1 Corinthians 15:21-22  For since by man [Adam] came death, by man [Jesus] came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

 

 These passages show the picture of the lost man Adam and his offspring compared to the Lord Jesus the last Adam. We know itís the lost Adam because of verse 50 flesh and blood, original Adam (Gen 2:7)  didnít have blood (Gen 2:23). God didnít sow Adam in dishonour, he was made in the image of God.

 

Adam lost that image, and Paul compares the image of Adam and his descendants [natural, earthy] to the Lord Jesus [spiritual, heavenly]. Our outward appearance may look similar but as we have read the inward man is very different.( Matthew 23:27  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.)

 

We [ Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.] shall also bear the image of the heavenly. When? At the rapture of the church. 1 Corinthians 15:51-57  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?   The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 Philippians 3:20-21  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

 

 

 

This last box we will see the image of God regained in the saved man after he receives his glorified body. (Btm right hand). Compare with the top two.

 

 

 

 

The Criteria

So letís see what weíve got now for the image of God.

The image is of The Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Lord Jesus Christ

   Adam

1   The body is flesh and bones. 1 The body is flesh and bones
2   The spirit is in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. 2   The spirit is in fellowship with the Holy Spirit
3   The soul is separate in the body. 3   The soul is separate in the body.
   

    The Lost Man

The Saved Man     

1   The body is flesh, bone, and man's blood.

1 The body is flesh and bones

(Phil 3:20-21)

2   The spirit is not in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. 2  The spirit is quickened and  in fellowship with the Holy Spirit
3   The soul is attached to the body. 3 The soul is circumcised from our bodies and is again separate.

 

 

 

 

 

The Saved Man In Eternity

 

 

1   The body is glorified like the Lord Jesus Christ (Phil 3:20-21)

 

2   The spirit is in complete fellowship with the Holy Spirit and will no longer grieve (Rev 21:4).

 

3    The soul is comforted within the veil (Luke 16:23-25, Hebrews 6:19)  Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion  

 

 

The conclusion of the matter is that the image of God differs greatly from the image of man. Some say that they are the same, but if that were the case where does that leave the giants of Genesis 6 and their offspring? Some say that we donít have a sin nature inherited from Adam, but David and Paul both testify differently (Ps 51:5, Romans 7:18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. Paul canít be talking about the Holy Spirit in him but rather, is talking about his own spirit which wars within him fighting that old nature. The Lord Jesus also talks about that will. Matthew 26:41  Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak

 

 That is why our spirit must be renewed because something happened to the old one. Renewed Ė something that we once had before.

 

 Titus 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

 

 We inherited sin from Adam - Romans 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:  

 

Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Babies die because of this inherited sin from Adam, not because they knowingly committed sin and receive their wages.

 

.There is only one conclusion to the whole matter, DO NOT DIE IN THE IMAGE OF MAN because your spirit will go back to God, your body will rot in the earth, and your soul will go to hell. (Ecclesiastes 12:7  Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.  Luke 16:23  And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.)

 

The only way to go is up covered with the blood of the Lamb, and with two/thirds of the image of God regained. (1 Cor 15:3-4)

 

 

 

 

May you receive a blessing from this study.

 

 

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Psalms 33:4  For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.

 

 

 

 

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John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

 

 

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