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Which Image Embodies Your Presence in This World?

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)

The first man created by God was Adam.  The Bible tells us that Adam, and later Eve, were both created in the image of God.  God breathed the breath of life into Adam’s lungs giving him precious breath necessary for sustaining life.  Adam was spiritually and physically alive on this earth and God placed him in the garden of Eden.  Soon after God created woman taken out of the side of Adam (Genesis 2:23) as a companion and helpmeet for him.  Adam later named this first woman Eve.

Today, if you ask both men and women, many will readily agree on the surface that they were also created in the image of God just like Adam.  However, the truth is a little more complex than that.  You can be certain, because God’s Word clearly spells it out in Genesis 1:27, the first Adam as well as Eve, were created by God in His image.  However, this same verse cannot be solely applied to describe the image in which man is created today.  While it is true that mankind is created as a being with body, soul, and Spirit; or a trichotomy; man is not created in spiritual likeness of a triune God (Father, Son, Spirit).  God is a Spirit and His image is one of a spiritual nature.  Spiritually speaking God and man are miles apart, or reside at opposite ends of the spiritual spectrum.  God is always alive in Spirit, but since sin entered the world, mankind is always born naturally dead in Spirit (Ephesians 2:1).

Sin came into this world through Adam and immediately changed both the physical and spiritual landscape.  The entrance of sin ushered in the reality of death.  Adam was given life by God through the breath of God breathed air into his lungs and there was no such thing as death upon the earth.  God originally created man with the possibility to live in His unadulterated innocence forever.  That is until sin entered the picture and swiftly brought forth the reality of physical and spiritual death for all mankind, including Adam and Eve.

God was not surprised with the onset of sin and death.  The holiness and perfection of God would not allow for any spiritual imperfection to be a part of a personal relationship with God.  God had to seek justice for the sin nature now existing in the heart of all mankind from birth.  There was no fellowship with God possible because sin always creates a wedge between man and God.  God had a plan for redemption and reconciliation.  Mankind could find relief from the dark and evil nature of sin at work in their heart and bring all the glory and honor to God.  It was necessary that God curse Adam and Eve with death because of sin.  God also made it possible for mankind to have a spark of new spiritual life glowing in their softened heart rather than succumbing to the throes of darkness and death.

Spiritual death is a curse placed upon all mankind from birth. The Bible speaks of this curse upon both man and woman:

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. (Genesis 3:19 KJV)

 

Adam’s choice to sin did not just affect himself and Eve.  The sin nature affected the birth of all future generations, including the birth of you and I and all mankind.  Adam and Eve were born in the image of God with an alive spirit in their heart to enjoy continuous sweet spiritual fellowship with God.   Ever since the sin of Adam, mankind is no longer born as a living soul, but rather born with a physical body, soul, and dead spirit in his heart.  Man is formed as a trichotomy, but with a dead spiritual nature in his heart.  He is now formed after the image of Adam, not God.

All mankind, since Adam and Eve, are born naturally spiritually dead in their heart.  Sin naturally resides inside man’s heart from his birth.   The first birth the Bible records to be affected by this dark nature of sin was the first son of Adam and Eve named Seth:

This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: (Genesis 5:1-3 KJV)

 

Genesis chapter five clearly notates a spiritual alteration in the birth of Adam and Eve’s first child Seth.  He was born in the likeness of Adam.  Seth’s birth was of earth rather than a spiritual nature of Heaven.  Seth needed to be spiritually born in his heart from the supernatural power of heaven after he was physically born on this earth.

In the garden of Eden after succumbing to sin Adam was also found to be naturally sinful.  He was covered in a garment of holiness provided by God.  This covering made Adam spiritually acceptable.  Now each of Adam’s descendants (including you and I) need to be spiritually covered, or born spiritually alive in the heart and covered in a garment of God’s rich grace.  This covering of grace is freely provided by God, making it possible to live in an authentic spiritual relationship with Him.

Therefore, one must read deeper into God’s Word before they will fully comprehend the nature of their own physical and spiritual heritage.  Since the fall man is not created any longer to exist wholly in the image of God.  He is not formed as an unadulterated and living soul as was the first Adam.  He does, however, resemble God in light of being a body, soul, and spirit, or a trichotomy.  God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

God’s Word clearly indicates there are two different kinds of birth.  The first kind of birth is a natural birth from the womb or matrix.  The same birth as you and I and babies born today have.  This birth is physical birth.  God nor Adam or Eve ever had a physical birth from the womb.  God always was in existence, Adam was created by God, and further Eve was created by God from Adam’s side.

The second birth is necessary for all mankind who have been born physically from the womb or matrix.  This new birth is a quickening alive of their spirit.  This is a birth strictly of making alive the spiritual nature which resides naturally dead inside the heart of man.

God’s Word speaks of both kinds of birth in the life of Adam:

And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. (1 Corinthians 15:45-49 KJV)

 

The overriding characteristic of the second Adam before his new birth is the addition of sin and death to his spiritual nature.  God has always been alive and without sin.  God is not a created being, He has always been since the beginning, and has never been adulterated in any way by the nature of sin.  God has always existed spiritually whole; the plumb line of perfection begins and ends with Him.  However, since the first Adam fell, mankind is no longer innocent but spiritually affected or marred by sin.  Mankind exists in stark contrast to the flawlessness of God.  Mankind will always pale in comparison in his natural state being born with a natural bent towards sin rather born with the holiness and unadulterated nature of God in his spiritual state.

Thank God mankind was not left to fall, flounder, and spiritually fail in his natural sinful state from physical birth.  God provided an avenue of grace which swings in motion inside man’s softened heart through the fuel of faith.  God made a way for mankind to be in spiritual fellowship with Him now and for all eternity.

 

Which image do you present as you sojourn in this world?  The eternal image of God bursting forth from your spiritually alive heart, or the image of sin and death oozing out of your dead and dark eternally ill spiritual heart?

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