IN HIS IMAGE, AFTER HIS LIKENESS, HIS DIVINE NATURE:
“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 KJV
We would bring this series to a close with this capsule. I know that we have discussed quite a few things that might have challenged mainstream theology. But I have no doubt that on balance of the evidence, they are settled truths (Psalms 119:89). My core desire is to help individuals come to the place of spiritual security through knowledge (Ephesians 4:11-14). The Christian life is finding out who we are, what we have and then walking in it (Matthew 11:28-30, Ephesians 1:17-23, Ephesians 2:10, Ephesians 3:16-20).
Our main focus of discussion in this series, is to show that, we are made in HIS IMAGE, AFTER HIS LIKENESS AND HAVE HIS DIVINE NATURE. Imagine for a moment the possibilities, if we truly believe that! (Mark 9:23).
I cannot do a comprehensive recap so to understand and flow in what we have been discussing, you need to start from capsule 10 at the very least (as a matter of fact you will recall that I said at the beginning that this and the preceding two series should be taken together). Nevertheless, we now know that Christ, the Resurrected Lord is the exact image and representation of God the Father (Hebrews 1:3, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Colossians 1:15).
Secondly, Christ is the firstborn or first begotten, meaning in our born again spirit (the New Creation) we are in the image of Christ (Romans 8:29, 1John 4:17, Hebrews 2:11). With these two planks, I hope you can now connect the dots? The greatest hindrance we have is that this is not visible to the naked eye. The word of God however paints a perfect picture, if you will allow it.
The disciples walked with Christ in human form for three and half years, but on one occasion in Matthew Chapter 17 on the Mount of Transfiguration, three of them saw Him with the veil of the flesh pulled aside (John had a similar experience in Revelation Chapter 1:12-16, on the Isle of Patmos. They saw the Image of the Father in Him.
Now consider this, if all what we have been discussing is true, (and indeed they are), and if we can somehow look inside us and see our spirit, I am persuaded that we would see something similar, (after all we bare the same image and likeness) , this is the narrative of 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (please study this in many versions). We need to see beyond the veil of our flesh. Knowing this changes everything, the emphasis is no longer on what we can see outside, but on what is on the inside of us. A lifetime is not enough to discover what we have, in fact (in my personal opinion) no one has ever come close, but just imagine what it would be like to release a fraction of what is on the inside, we would lack nothing (Ephesians 1:17-21, Ephesians 2:17-20, Romans 8:11).
As we round up, remember that the plan right from the foundation of creation was for us to be in God's Image and after His Likeness (Genesis 1:26-28). That has always been the design and intention of God but the fall polluted the Image of God in us, so of necessity the whole of redemption is to restore us back to the original state, but better. I say better because we now have knowledge and authority over the adversary. We know who we are, we are the Image of God, created after God's Likeness and have God's Divine Nature.
Eve had an identity crisis, she was chasing after what she had already. Think about it, if you truly know and believe that through His Divine Nature that is already in you, you have everything that pertains to life and godliness, you will never feel inadequate.
Lastly, this knowledge will keep you anchored to God almost effortlessly, because He is your source, and not just your source but your only source (Capsule 15, 2016). After all, what else do you need outside of this? You are already made in the Image of the Father, in His Likeness, and have His Divine Nature, just like the First Begotten, heir and joint-heirs! The only thing left is the knowledge to bring this to bare (2 Peter 1:2-4)
CONCLUSION : FATHER, FIRST BEGOTTEN AND THE JOINT HEIRS: SAME IMAGE, LIKENESS AND DIVINE NATURE
I want to thank each and everyone for your patience. I challenge you to put these truths to test and prove them, break away from the mould of mediocrity and live the life. Like I have said several times, I can sense a change in tone, these truths will become common place very soon let us give things a push together. Spread the word, link MinDGyM to your social media sites