"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
God made us in his own image and after his likeness. That is, God created our souls exactly as his Soul, and our spirits as feeble miniature to his Spirit. Spirit is life to our soul on earth. Adam died to the spirit by his sin. This death passed upon all of us. So, Jesus told us to be born again of the spirit. As the omnipotent Spirit is God's body, our born again spirit will be our body in eternity.
If you prefer to hear the video clip also, please click on this link: "Declaration 3"
Praise the Lord, Alleluia. Our topic is, the Declaration of Faith item # 3; how did God create man? ďGod made us in his own image and after his likeness. That is, God created our souls exactly as his Soul, and our spirit as a miniature to his Spirit. Spirit is life to our soul on earth. Adam died to the spirit by his sin. This death passed upon all of us. So, Jesus told us to be born again of the spirit. As the omnipotent Spirit is God's body, our born-again spirit will be our body in eternity.Ē Let us study these from scripture, line by line.
In my last clip, declaration # 2, we saw that the one and only Omnipotent Spirit is God and three persons, or souls, are in him. So, the Spirit is his body, and the souls are his persons. Let us see about Man. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 says, "your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless, etc." So, we have soul, body and spirit. Our body is of flesh and bones. God does not have flesh and bones. God is Spirit and Soul only, but no flesh.
Let us see the creation of man. Genesis 1. "26 says, And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: ...." Here, God says Ďlet us makeí. So, the three souls of God are speaking to each other. They say, 1 Ďin our imageí, 2 Ďafter our likenessí. It is difficult to distinguish between these two phrases in English language. Both phrases appear the same. So, let me try to explain using my language. My language is Tamil, and it is Indian. Please bear with me. 26. (Tamil Script) That is to say, let us make man exactly as we are, and in our shape. So, it is two kinds, one is exactly as God is; the second is in Godís shape, which is a miniature. Godís Spirit is omnipotent. It cannot be duplicated. So, manís spirit was made as a miniature to the spirit of God, and manís soul was made as the same as Godís soul. A soul is a person. The attributes of souls are love, compassion, anger, kindness, holiness, righteousness, etc. So, our souls can do what the souls of God can do. So, God tells us to be righteous and holy since he is righteous and holy. "Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. 1 Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." Christians argue saying that we cannot become holy. So, they come up with all kinds of interpretations. But we have the same soul of God, with same attributes. But the Spirit of God is omnipotent, and nobody can do what the spirit of God can do. So, God does not require us to do anything after his spirit, to do miracles, wonders, etc.
Let us read: "27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, ... 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." So, God created Adam and Eve on the sixth day and God blessed them. Please notice, God created both Adam and Eve together, on the same day, in the image of his own soul, and so, they are only souls. Their souls are the real persons.
God took rest on the seventh-day, according to Genesis 2:1-3. Let us look after the seventh day. Genesis 2:5 says, "And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground." That is, the earth was empty. There was no plant, no herbs, there was neither a man. What happened to the creation? All were there. But they were still in the form of seeds, they were waiting for the rain. "6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground." They grew after they got water.
Man and woman were in the form of souls. They were waiting to receive their bodies. " 7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground," This body was given to the soul, he was Adam. Then the body of woman was made later from the ribs of Adam and was given to her soul, and she was Eve. So, the souls are joined with the bodies, they were man and woman. Please notice; their souls were made on the same day, on the sixth day, but their bodies were made in different days, after the seventh day. At this point Adam was a complete man. "7 says that God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." If we are not careful, or if God does not reveal to a person, we may misunderstand this verse. Christians teach that God made a clay man, and breathed into the clay, and the clay became a living man. It is carelessness. It does not say that the clay became a living man, but it says that the man became a living soul. At this point Adam was a man with soul and body, fully alive, but he does not have the spirit. So, God breathed the spirit into him, to give life to his soul. And, the living man became a living soul. In the New Testament language, we may say that he was born of the spirit. God created man in three stages. 1) created the soul, in his own image. 2) Then he created a flesh body and gave it to the soul as a house or a tabernacle to live in. 3) God breathed into him the spirit and made him a living soul, or a spiritual man, who is born-again. Now, the man is complete.
Then, God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. "16 says, And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 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." The Garden of Eden is the paradise, where the tree of life is in the midst of it. Paradise is a part of heaven, and so, the spirit in them was in the glorified state. This glory covers them, and so their nakedness cannot be seen. If the glory is gone, then the nakedness will be seen. God also gave him a commandment, not to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge. And, if they eat, they will die on the same day. They were deceived by Satan, the old serpent, and ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge. The same day they both died to the spirit, that is, their spirit departed with the glory. So, they saw that they were naked. But, their body lived for a long time. "Romans 5:12 Ö, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, Ö" The sin of Adam and the spirit death by sin, have entered the world and on all of us. Since this is spiritual death, we are born with no spirit, but only with soul and body.
So, Jesus Christ tells us to be born again of the Spirit. "John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." So, we must be born of the spirit. If we repent of our sins and ask God to give us the spirit, God will give us the spirit. A born-again person can see the kingdom of God, and if we are born of the water also, we can inherit the kingdom of God. 1 John 3:2 says, "2 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." If we are born with the spirit, our spirit will be glorified at his second coming, as Jesus Christ was glorified, and we will be in heaven with him.
But, what will happen if we are not born again?
3:19 says ...
dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Please read it at home.
Let me give the substance.
We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a
building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
be .. clothed we
shall not be found naked. 5
... God has given us Ö the Spirit."
That is, all our flesh bodies will return to dust, where it came from. If we
have the spirit, it will be glorified in heaven, we will be clothed upon it,
will see Jesus Christ as he is, and we will be like him. But, if we do not have
the spirit, we will be found naked on that day, with no garment. We will be like
a guest to the feast with no wedding garment; was caught by the presence of the
king. "Then said the
king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him
into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
It is the verdict of the Lord Jesus Christ from the
gospel of Matthew 22.
But, we can avoid it. Be born again, be born of the spirit of God. We will be in
God Bless You