In God’s Image and Likeness
Bible Nugget 0302 [Gen 1:26-28, KJV]
26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Everyone is an offspring of the first Adam, made in the Image and likeness of God. Man did not evolve from Apes or monkeys as some would have people believe. God created the lesser animals and then man to crown his creation. Every other living creature was created by God speaking them into existence, but man was created by a very thoughtful process. It takes great thought to create something original and man was original because he is an image of the triune God, given a spirit and soul living in a body.
God is a Spirit, man has a spirit. The clearest scripture is as said by Jesus in John 4:24
24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
God has a Soul, man has a soul. The clearest scripture is in Gen 2:7 when God gave Adam life from himself (God performed the first Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation, CPR).
7And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
God has a Body, man has a body. The physical presence of the member of the Godhead on earth in the person of Jesus Christ is the clearest scripture. John 1:1-4.
Some bodily parts of God to name a few in scriptures are as follows:
Heart [Gen, 6:6; 8:21]
Gen 6:6 “And the Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved at heart.”
So my friend, who told you, that you are an offspring of apes? You have been fearfully and wonderfully made. God set the process in motion when he made Adam and Eve. Begin to see yourself as special because God invested time in creating you. Psalm 139:13-15 reads
13For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Today your responsibility is to make peace with your maker since Adam dragged everyone into sin and death by falling into sin in the Garden of Eden. God will come into your life and dwell in your heart and you become the temple of God carrying the image and likeness of God just like Adam with all his glory before sin. Ask God for forgiveness of your sins and invite Jesus into your heart. Thereafter, you need to keep yourself holy to retain the image and likeness of God. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
16Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
Prayer Nugget 0302
Salvation Prayer: Lord Jesus come into my heart. Be my Lord and Saviour. I believe you died for me to reconcile me back to God. I ask for the clensing power in your precious blood to wash away all my sins. I make peace with you God. Thank you for being my Father. Thank you for accepting me into your family and making me a new creation in Jesus name. Old things are past away in my life in Jesus Name. Amen.
Prayer of thanksgiving and consecration: Oh LORD I thank you for creating me in your image and likeness and granting me dominion over all your works on the earth. Thank you for giving me the breath of Life. Thank you for fashioning me very specially in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me complete: spirit, soul and body. I ask for your mercy. Let me treasure every spiritual resource you have deposited in my life. I shall worship you in spirit and truth. Sin shall not have dominion over me in Jesus Name. Thank you for making my body your temple. Give me the Grace to keep it holy. Send your fire to the foundation of my life and destroy everything that draws or want to draw my heart away from you in Jesus Name. Amen.