#967 Image of God – Spirituality

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Knowing that man’s likeness to God is not a bodily physical likeness, we therefore have one of the points of resemblance, that of “spirituality,” man’s spiritual nature.   When man was created, God breathed into him life, a spiritual life.  Along with God being “the Eternal Spirit,” man’s spiritual nature is immortal with his eternal destiny determined by choice of believing by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ or refusing to do so.  We appreciate spiritual realities through the inworking of the Holy Spirit who indwells each of us who have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior.  This characteristic of spirituality is often singled out as representing how we are the ‘image of God;” however, there are other characteristics which belong to us that can also identify us as having been made in the image of God.  We will look at another resemblance tomorrow.

As you think about the reality of your spiritual nature being eternal, think also about where you are going to spend your eternity!

“But there is a spirit in man:  and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.”   (Job 32:8)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#966 Image of God – General Meaning

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The Bible speaks of man being created in the “image of God,” a statement that always seems to bring a multitude of ideas as to what is meant by the phrase.  In the Old Testament we find the phrase “the image of God” can be accompanied by the word “likeness,”[1] the double expression being “for the purpose of giving strength and emphasis to the idea of godlikeness in man as set forth in the passage.”[2]  As we look at the meaning of being made in the image of God, it is obvious that we were not created in the physical image of God but in the spiritual image of Him; even though God is a person, He is a spirit person.  Our inner man is created in the image of God, and it is through this inner man that we reflect the image of God and His glory.  Let us continue tomorrow.

Does your life reflect God’s glory?

“And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him.”   (Colossians 3:10)

 

May God Richly Bless You Today

[1] Genesis 1:26

[2]Unger, Merrill F., Unger’s Bible Dictionary, Chicago:  Moody Press, 1957

#965 God’s Creation – In His Image and Likeness

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The crown of all of God’s creation is man, the creation being in His image and likeness, a fact that makes it a reality that we are precious in His sight.  We find that God “formed man of the dust of the ground, made in perfect mold and pattern.  Although we certainly think of it as a statement that is too obvious to make, God made man with a distinction between the body and the inner man, a material and immaterial man.  We find Paul saying that the outward man perishes, but the inner man is renewed day by day.  Additionally, the inner man is composed of the soul and spirit, even though the two words are used interchangeably.  Next, let us examine some ways in which we are in His image and likeness.

No matter how down you may feel at times, rest in the fact that you were made by God in His image and likeness and very precious in His sight!

“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)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#964 God’s Creation – The Intelligence of God

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Previously we discussed how God’s creation was orderly and complete, proving that God created an amazing and wonderful world, and that in the first three days God worked on the form of the earth, and the next three days God set forth the filling of the earth.  As an example, on the first day God dismissed the darkness, giving the earth some form, and on the fourth day He filled the firmament of the heaven with light; and on the second and third days He gave the earth form while filling it on the fifth and sixth days.  Then God created man in His image and His likeness, in the beginning, not over thousands or millions of years.  When we believe the Bible as Truth and God’s Word, we will accept the creation as coming only through the intelligence of God, dismissing any possibility of the theory of evolution.

As a Christian, follow God’s Word and stand strong in your biblical beliefs!

“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.’”   (Genesis 1:26)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#963 God’s Creation – The Activity of the Spirit of God

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we look at God’s creation it is evident that it was done in an orderly and complete manner, a manner that proved that God created an amazing and wonderful world.  As each of the six days meant another part in God’s creation, that day was not concluded until “God saw that it was good.”  God created the world, and it was not the result of probability or chance, and since that time His care and protection has been active.  Just as the Holy Spirit is active in our lives as Christians, He was active in the creation of the world; as he hovered over the waters,[1] He has cared for and protected His people throughout the ages.

As a Christian, allow the Holy Spirit to care for, protect, and guide you!

“The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.”   (Job 33:4)

May God Richly Bless You Today

[1] Genesis 1:2

#962 God’s Creation – From Nothing

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

When we read of God suspending the earth[1] upon nothing, numerous thoughts as well as questions come to mind.  Dr. Joe Temple made application to each of us of this reality when he wrote in his “Studies in Genesis,”[2] “If God could hang the earth upon nothing, what could He do with you?  There can’t be anything less than nothing, can there?  Well, if He could hang the earth upon nothing, there is no limit with what He could do with you, and for you, and to you, if you give yourself to Him.” As we look at Dr. Temple’s application, we come to the truth that God’s creation was for each of us.  In the first three days God worked on the form of the earth, and the next three days God set forth the filling of the earth.  There was nothing left out by our Creator; therefore, we should have no second thoughts of giving ourselves to Him.

Having seen what God has done for you, have given your all for and to Him?

“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”   (Genesis 1:2)

 

May God Richly Bless You Today

[1] Job 26:7

[2] Joe Temple, Studies in Genesis, Abilene, Texas, The Bible Center, 1965

#961 God’s Creation – Mythology or God’s Word?

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Many of us have probably seen a drawing of a very muscular man carrying the earth on his shoulders or maybe four bears each holding up one corner of the earth, both drawings of how at one time someone thought the earth was suspended.  This was especially prevalent in mythology or ancient history; however, supposed men and women today of great learning come close to having the same basic concepts when it comes to the creation of the earth.  They will think of all sorts of ways that the earth came into existence, but there is always something in their theory they assume was there in the beginning, leaving God out of the creation picture.  Yet, when we express our belief, based on Scripture, that we assume God has always been, these same people think our assumption could not be right.  If only they would believe the truth of God’s Word.

Examine your belief regarding God’s creation!  Do you believe the Scripture account? Do you share your belief with others?

“He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.”   (Job 26:7)

May God Richly Bless You Today