IN HIS IMAGE, AFTER HIS LIKENESS, HIS DIVINE NATURE : THE SCRIPTURES PAINT THE IMAGE OF CHRIST (PART 2)
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:4 KJV
Please always keep in mind that this series is one of three that must be taken together to have the maximum effect. In this series, my focus is to show you that as New Creation, we are in the IMAGE OF GOD, AFTER HIS LIKENESS and have HIS DIVINE NATURE. This statement is true in its entirety. It is not an allegory or a metaphor.
I agree that the whole concept is staggering, only God could have come up with this wonderful provision. There are fundamental reasons for this, which we would see at the end of the series. Remember that in Genesis 3, the only way Satan (the serpent) got to Adam and Eve was to make them doubt that they were already in God's Image and after His likeness. In other words, in doing so they suffered identity crisis, and the end result was catastrophic. Until you fully understand and embrace this concept, you will chase after what you already have, it is a diversionary tactic of the evil one. Unfortunately, this is the state of many today. The way they pray is always a give away, always begging, always asking but never believe that they have received.
“In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.”
Hebrews 10:6-7 KJV
Starting from Capsule 11, 2017, I showed you that the primary purpose of the the scriptures (Genesis to Malachi) is to paint the image of Christ, the redemption and second coming. It is only when you can recognise His image in prophecy, that you can see and identify Him in fulfilment (John 1:26-36, Isaiah 53:5 and 1Peter 2:24). Luke 24:25, shows that the inability to see Christ in the scriptures is an indication of poor spiritual understanding and foolishness. Hebrews 10:6-7 is reference to what we have been discussing, the whole of the scriptures (volume of books) is describing and painting the Image of Christ.
“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 KJV
In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul said, Christ died, was buried, and rose again exactly the way the scriptures said He would. (His reference to the scriptures is Genesis to Malachi, the New Testament was not written yet). Through the scriptures he saw the image of Christ better than those who had physical contact with Him. No wonder he had the greatest revelation of the risen Lord. Compare 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, with Luke 24:26-27, can you see the similarity? This is the very first step; to be able to see the image of Christ , the redemption and second coming in the scriptures. Christ described the two disciples on the way to Emmaus as fools, Paul commended his protege Timothy as wise because he knew and identified Christ in the scriptures (2Timothy 3:15)
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
2 Timothy 3:15 KJV (The whole of 2 Timothy for context)
We have spent valuable time and space in these two capsules to validate the primary purpose of the scriptures. This is the link, the first step to understanding that we are made in the IMAGE of God, after His LIKENESS and have His DIVINE NATURE. In the next capsule we would connect the dots further and you will see why it is important. These things are really not difficult to understand, nothing scholarly about it. Please check out the scriptural references, be open minded to consider and have enough flexibility to change. Before we end let me leave you with two passages to ponder on in readiness for next capsule. John 1:18, 1 Timothy 6:16
WHEN YOU SEE HIS IMAGE IN PROPHECY, THE GOSPELS WILL CONFIRM THE FULFILMENT
Please take time to go through the two preceding series, build yourself a firm foundation. Consider and meditate on the scriptural references.
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