IN HIS LIKENESS

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Human Beings were originally created in the image of God. We find that in the very first chapter of Genesis. God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness…” So we were meant to be God’s representative to rule and care for the earth. Of course we know it didn’t take long for Adam to disobey a direct order and subsequently damage the image of God in mankind. We don’t have to look very far to find out man lost something of God’s image after the fall. In the immediate aftermath of Adam’s fateful lunch sin runs rampant.

Adam and Eve get kicked out of the Garden and have to start providing for themselves. They start a family and Eve has two boys Cain and Abel. Pretty soon they are at it with each other and Cain kills Abel. Sometime after the death of Abel, Adam and Eve started having more children and in chapter five of Genesis we read something very interesting. Genesis 5:3 “When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years; he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth.” Notice how this tells us Seth was according to Adam’s image. Man was originally created in God’s image, but here we read how sinful man began reproducing after their kind. He is born after the image of sinful Adam. This means God had to do something if he was going restore man back into his own image.

That is what the history of God and man is all about. God started something that he is going to finish. We (Adam, us) may have temporarily put the Kibosh on things, but God is still God and he knows what he is doing. He set about to restore his image in man and his Son is the way. “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” “For in him all the fullness of the Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority…” Did you catch that? In him, who is the exact representation of God, we have been made complete! What Adam did to mar God’s image God himself restored by sending his son.

I’ve said all of this to get to this point. I believe the day I was “Born Again” was the first day I truly became who I was intended to be. I mean prior to this I lived with only a foggy idea as to whom I was, and lived trying to be this imagined version of me. Once I received Christ and was placed in him God’s image was restored to me. Now I am a fully functioning human being indwelt by the Spirit of God. He recreates his image in us when we receive Christ. This is where the scripture tells us “He came to His own, and those who were his own did not receive him. But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in his name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” The perfect, holy, righteous, wise Christ within begins the process of restoring God’s image from within mankind once again, and that is what being man in his likeness is all about.

Written by Louie

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