God made us in his Image and Likeness

 

"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

We declare

God created us in his image, by making our soul as his Soul. God made us in his likeness, such that our spirit resembles his Spirit, as candle light resembles sun light. God does not have a flesh body. When the Bible refers to God's hands, eyes, heart, etc., it is to explain in human terms, so that we can understand.

Explanation

God is three persons (souls), who are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. These three souls are inside ONE Spirit, as our souls are in our flesh bodies. His Spirit is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. We may say that the body of God is this Spirit, who has omni-powers. If we refer God by the persons, God is three. If we refer him by his body, God is one. We may say that God is "Three in One." If you like to see the details, let me give a couple of links for you to refer. Links are: "Three in One", and "Trinity." Man has a soul, a body, and a spirit. The soul and spirit are inside the body. God made the soul on the sixth day of creation, and the soul is the man. After his seventh day rest, God has formed the body of man from the dust of the ground. This body is the tabernacle for the soul to live as a man. Now, man is the soul in the body. Man will receive his spirit in a latter day, if and when he is born again, that is born of the spirit. So, the born again man is complete with soul, body, and spirit. You may see the details from these links. One is text, and the other is video. Links are: "Lesson", and "Video." "Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:..." God has Souls and Spirit. Man has soul, spirit, and a body of flesh. God does not have a flesh body. So, when God made man in his own image, it refers to the Soul and Spirit, but not the flesh body. So, we will consider the soul and spirit for the study. The creation is in the image and likeness. Image is exact, but likeness is just resemblance. Now, between the soul and the spirit, which is in the image and which has the likeness? Soul is a person, and it carries character attributes. God's character attributes are righteousness and holiness. God told us also to be righteous and holy. And so, God made our soul exactly as (in the image of) his soul. Spirit is the body of God, and it carries the power attributes. God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. God never told man to be omnipotent and to do miracles, or such. Our spirit is like a candle light. God is also light. He is like the light of the Sun with all its strength. Since, both are lights, but not equal, we may say that the spirit of man has the likeness of God. So, God made the soul of man in the image of God, and the spirit of man in the likeness of God. However, God tells us about his hands, eyes, feet, etc, it is for the sake of communication and it is hypothetical. It is not to teach his anatomy. God is omnipresent. He fills the universe.

We are in his image. So, God requires us to be holy and perfect as he is holy and perfect. Links are: "Be Holy", "Be Perfect". Thank you. 

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