IN HIS IMAGE, AFTER HIS LIKENESS, HIS DIVINE NATURE: RESURRECTED CHRIST IS THE FIRST BORN IN THE FAMILY
“And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.” Hebrews 1:6 KJV
Reading and studying this series, I hope your faith is quickened? These things are settled truths. They are not just aspirations, God already made them available, all you and I need to do, is walk in them, simple. Colossians 3:10, 'Put on the NEW MAN, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him'. The popular concept that is often taught, is that by confessing these truths they will become so. This line of thought is wrong in every sense and the source of a huge hindrance to many. The reason we confess these truths is because they already exist, we are just appropriating what has already been provided (Hebrews 11:3). Let me put it another way, and this might shock you. Faith does not create anything, what faith does is to bring what already exist in the spirit realm into physical manifestation (there is huge difference between the two) . If you ever grasp this, it will remove struggle from your faith walk, your prayer life will become more meaningful and interesting. From the preceding capsules, we know Christ is the exact image of the Father, and we are made in the image of Christ the Resurrected Lord who is the firstborn (Romans 8:29, Colossians 1:18).
“And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” 1 Corinthians 15:49 KJV (1 Corinthians 15:47-49 in context)
In the last capsule, I showed you the difference between the incarnate Christ who is the only begotten Son, and the Last Adam or the Resurrected Christ who became First among many brethren. This is pivotal to your understanding of who we are. In Hebrews 1:6, you will notice that the writer refers to Christ as the FIRST-BEGOTTEN, meaning He is no longer the only begotten, but first of many 'begotten'! This is the whole essence of redemption (to return to the original ownership following full payment). God did not redeem us from slavery to the Devil, to make us slaves again, no not at all (Galatians 5:1). 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (my paraphrase), the Holy Spirit provides an atmosphere of liberty, removes the veil from our eyes so that we can see properly who we really are, like in a mirror and be transformed into His Image, from glory to glory.
“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17 KJV
Look at this wonderful passage. When you understand that Christ is the first among many, one of which you are. This is evidence that God's love for us is perfect love, it gives us confidence or boldness even in the day of judgement. The reason for this is simple, even right now, in this present time, as Christ is, so are we. We are New Creations, Children of the Kingdom. I cannot overemphasise this, these are not metaphors or cliches, these are completed work. You don't need to beg, scratch or plead for them, they already belong to us. Identity Crisis born out of ignorance is what is keeping most from enjoying these benefits. Imagine the confidence you will have in prayer, if you truly believe that Christ is the firstborn, but you also have a number in the family? Faith then becomes spontaneous, not something you wind yourself up for.
Remember, that our focus of discussion is that we are MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD, AFTER HIS LIKENESS, AND HAVE HIS DIVINE NATURE. For those of you who have followed the discussion from the beginning, hopefully there is a parallax shift in your thinking. We would conclude this series in the next capsule, there is just one more thing to show you before we conclude.
WE HAVE BOLDNESS, BECAUSE AS CHRIST IS, SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD
I feel a quickening in the spirit, these truths that we are sharing are about to become common place. I can hear a change in tone of many, the message is gradually getting through. Help spread the word, be part of the move, link God's Pill to your social media sites.