3. God made us in his Image and after his Likeness

"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
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This page editorial help: Sister Lynn near Atlanta, GA

Declaration

God created us in his own image by making our souls as his Soul. God made us after his likeness, by giving us the Holy Spirit that resembles the Holy Ghost. God does not have a flesh body. God refers to his hands, eyes, heart, etc, to make us understand his deeds.

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 to 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 look at. Links are: "Three in One", and "Trinity."

God created man and woman on the sixth day of creation according to Genesis 1:27 & 31: (27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 31 And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.) God created both male and female at the same time on the sixth day. God took rest on the seventh-day, according to Genesis 2:1-3. But, 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, even though the creation was complete on the sixth day, after the seventh day rest, there were no plants, since all were in the form of seeds, and there was no man either, because man and woman were in the form of souls. They have yet to receive their bodies. At creation, they (their souls) were in the image of God. But, the image of man, which is the body, was not yet given to them. "Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground," This body was given to man, who was Adam. The body of woman was made latter from the ribs of Adam and was given to the soul of the woman, and she was called Eve. Also, Genesis 2:7 says, "... and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." If we are not careful, we may misunderstand this verse. Most Christians think that God made a man of clay (that has no life), and breathed into his (its) nostrils the breath of life to bring the man to life. That is not what the verse says. A living man was already made by the soul and the body. Then, God breathed into this man (not just a body), the holy spirit (the breath of life, it is not air) and this man (who is already a man) became a living soul (man with spirit, man born of the spirit, or born again man).  God has created man in three stages. 1) created the soul, in his image. 2) Then he created flesh man from the dust and joined the soul. Then 3) gave him spirit and made him a born again man, or spiritual man. Please notice one more thing. God is Omni-Power Spirit. Here, the spirit of man, which is the holy spirit, is given to the soul, and the soul became a living soul. In Genesis 1:26 God has decided that he will make man after his likeness, that is the likeness of the Holy Ghost. So, we know that the spirit of man is after the likeness of the Holy Ghost. Our body is made from the dust. In the body of God, there is no dust of the ground. So, our body is neither in the image, nor in the likeness of God. But, our soul is in the image of the Soul of God and our spirit is in the likeness of the Spirit of God, which is the Holy Ghost. At our birth, we are born of the flesh. "Genesis 3:19 ... till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." So, our body is made out of the dust of the earth, it is given as the tabernacle to the soul until our death, then the body returns to the ground, that is the dust. Our body came from the dust and it will return to the dust. Our spiritual birth has to take place later, as we begin to crave for the spirit, in order to live a holy life to inherit eternal life. 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."

God has three Souls and a 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 God made man in his likeness, it refers to the Spirit, but not the flesh body. So, let us 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 (in his image) as 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, the holy spirit, is like a candle light. God, the Holy Ghost, 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 after the likeness of God. However, God tells us about his hands, eyes, feet, etc, for the sake of communication and it is hypothetical. It is not to teach about his anatomy. God is omnipresent. He fills the universe.

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