Thursday, 6 April 2017

GOD'S PILLS 2017 : CAPSULE 14

IN HIS IMAGE, AFTER HIS LIKENESS, HIS DIVINE NATURE: GOD IS A SPIRIT, CHRIST IS THE PERFECT IMAGE OF THE FATHER.

“God, who at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” (Hebrews 1:1-3 KJV)

To make a success out of your Christian life, you must learn to believe what you know. Belief means you have taken ownership and it is now a concept that drives you, you live by it. Until you are able to do this, you will be double minded at decision points, your prayers would be loud but not ring true, you will say one thing but mean something else. A quick recap, we are 'Made in the image of God, after His likeness and have His Divine Nature'. You might find this difficult to conceptualise, it is true in its entirety, not because I say so, but because that is what God says (Genesis 1:26-28, 2Peter 1-4). To really understand this, everything hinges on being able to see Christ clearly in the scriptures. You cannot skip this step, not only should you see His image in prophecy, it must dawn in your heart like day star in the the Gospels and Epistles. The reason is simple, no man has seen God at any time or can see Him, the exception to the rule is Christ (John 1:18, 1Timothy 6:16). The good news is that Christ and the Father are one and the same. So the clearer you see Christ, the better you grasp the Image of God, His likeness and Divine nature.

'Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person....' Hebrews 1:2-3a

Hebrews 1:1-3, the passage above is like no other passage. In paraphrase: 'it says, in the past, God communicated His person through the Old Testament prophets using different methods. However, in these last days, He has spoken directly to us through Christ'.

Now see the qualifications for Christ, 'brightness of God's glory', 'express image of God's person'. These two expressions taken together means Christ is the perfect representation of God the Father, down to the molecular level. What this means is that Christ is the only person that can communicate God, His person and true nature perfectly. The singular desire of any properly schooled Christian should be to know Christ, period! Everything else is secondary at best, or redundant (Philippians 3:10). This cannot be over emphasised.

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 KJV

2 Corinthians 4:3-4, says the strategy of the devil to keep people from knowing God (salvation), is to ensure that Christ remains hidden to them. Why? Because Christ is the image of God, this is central point. This is so straightforward, I honestly don't know how we miss it? I hope you are making the connection between our topic of discussion? The modern church has developed all sorts of unnecessary gimmicks that serves no useful long term purpose. 

In the next capsule, we would start considering the third link. The whole purpose of these teachings is to move you from just knowledge to believing what you know, that is called revealed knowledge or revelation. We are not like everyone else, we are made in the Image of God, after His likeness and have His Divine nature. We are New Creations, God possessed. Stop belittling what you have, don't be afraid to acknowledge it.


CONCLUSION
THE IMAGE OF CHRIST IS THE PERFECT REPRESENTATION OF THE FATHER
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I am persuaded that these truths will gain ground and become commonplace soon. We would see the end of wishy-washy, bamby-pamby christianity, Truth always prevails. Let's hasten the process, link MinDGyM to your social media sites. Somebody is waiting to hear this.


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk