Image of God

 

Introduction

 

Creation, have you ever wondered what sets Humans apart from the rest of life in this word. Why is it that humanity has become dominate? It is clear we are not the strongest, fastest or biggest of God’s creation. God is his wisdom-blessed humanity with his image.

 

 

1.      Image       (Geneses 1:26-28)

·        Disclaimer – We are not and will never be equal to God. This was Satan’s error and demise.

·        The computer industry teaches us to make backups; this process is called imaging, duplication.

1.      A Copy of the files or program, but not the actual files themselves.

§         Everything else about them is identical to the original file copied.

2.      We are created in God’s image, which means that we have God’s attribute built in us.

§         Love, compassion, mercy, indignation, anger, jealousy etc.

§         The Father, Son and Holy Ghost the image Body, Soul and Spirit.

3.      We are born of Him, part of his heritage, sons and daughters of the most high.

4.      (Gen 3:22) Man has become as one of us, already in God’s image and now having understanding.

5.      We have the ability to understand the spiritual realm of God, in the fallen state.

 

 

2.      Creators  

·        Let us look at the creator aspect of God (Programmer) and man in his image the (Program).

   i.      The Programmer : The writer and creator of the Program

 ii.      The Program: What the writer design will accomplish the programmer’s goals.

iii.      Question – What does the programmer want us to accomplish, he has enabled us to do.

·        God created everything and man created computers, airplanes. Lasers, bridges, space exploration etc

·        God purpose is that man is fruitful, that they have purpose and not be lazy.

·        This is not just in the spiritual but also carnal, inventors (Expound).  

·        Man can create good and evil, expound (i.e.: faith, unbelief, love, hate etc.)

·        (Gen 11:1-9) Tower of Babel, Nothing can stop what they imagine to do.

   i.      A wicked generation that put this truth to work, God had to intervene or they would accomplish their goal.

·        (Matt 21:21-22) Jesus instructs in the power of faith, all things are possible.

 

 

3.      Creating the works of God

·        (John 14:12) Greater works shall you do in my name

·        Jesus wants us to excel and surpass him in the realm of holiness.

·        Not to say we will be greater than God (Mat 10:24 – Luke 6:20)

·        We need to be the church that creates revival in the physical as we as the spiritual.

·        Sign and wonders, faith, healing, spiritual warfare and the uplifting of His Kingdom.

·        (Matt:18:18-20) God give the church power –Use it

·        You hold the keys to what you will accomplish for the King; it is in your power.

o       Create a realm of revival, power and obedience this is your calling.

o       Flee depression, hate, envy and unbelief.

 

What will you do knowing this truth; it is up to you now.

 

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Gen 1:26-28

26        And 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.

27        So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28        And 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.

(KJV)

 

 

Gen 1:27

27        So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

(KJV)

 

Gen 11:1-9

1          And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

2          And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

3          And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.

4          And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

5          And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

6          And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

 

 

Matt 21:21-22

21        Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

22        And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

(KJV)

 

 

Gen 3:22

22        And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

(KJV)

 

John 14:12

12        Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

(KJV)

 

 

Matt 10:24

24        The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.

(KJV)

 

Luke 6:40

The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.

(KJV)

 

 

Matt 18:18-20

18        Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

19        Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

20        For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

(KJV)

 

 

 

Genesis 11:1-2; Genesis 11:3-6; Genesis 11:7-26

And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

The whole earth was of one language. Genesis pictures Noah and his sons coming forth from the ark having one language and one set of words. As the descendants of Noah multiplied, they naturally continued with that same language, since it was sufficient. They lived in and about the Euphrates valley, the locality usually regarded as the cradle of civilization. Shinar. The Hebrews used the name Shinar, originally a region in northern Mesopotamia, to designate the whole region of Mesopotamia. Migrating nomads moved along the mountains of Ararat to the well-watered plains of Babylonia.

 

Genesis 11:3-6

 

And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.

Let us build us a city ... a tower ... and ... make us a name. When Noah's eastward-moving descendants had found a spot where they could begin permanent headquarters, they decided to build a city. They would construct a gigantic tower so high that its top would pierce the "vault" above them. This great structure would give them the place of vantage by which they could establish their importance in the eyes of men, and even in God's sight.

The purpose of the undertaking was twofold. First, they wanted to assure themselves of the strength that comes from unity. The city and the tower would tie them into a solid group, so that they might be powerful-even without God's help. They said: Lest we be scattered. On the other hand, they were determined to make themselves renowned - make for ourselves a name. The sins of self-sufficiency and pride predominated in their thinking. They wanted to make sure that they would not be forgotten. The tower would hold them together and secure their names from oblivion. They defied God and set out to prove their self-sufficiency. Their towering structure would be a monument to their energy, daring, genius, and resources. Many towering cities, such as, Babylon, Sodom, Gomorrah, Sidon, Tyre, and Rome, have proved anything but godly structures. When men spurn God's law and grace, and exalt themselves, catastrophe inevitably falls upon them.

 

Genesis 11:7-26

 

Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

Confound their language. Jehovah understood the spirit, the motive, and the selfish plans of the rebellious people. Immediately he set out to upset their foolish schemes. The very thing they had sought to avoid came suddenly upon them. God directly intervened to see to it that no one understood the words of the others about him. And he scattered them far and wide. Hebrew (balal), "confound," indicates that there was a distinct disturbance that left the people greatly confused. The word Babel is translated Babylon. The best Hebrew lexicographers claim that it could not have come from the Hebrew (balal), to "confuse" or "mix," but that it meant "gate of God." Through a play on words it came to mean "confusion." The Aramaic word (balbel) means "confusion." Alan Richardson reminds us that the bestowal of the gift of tongues at Pentecost (Acts 2:5-11) can be thought of as the reverse of the confusion of tongues at Babel. He says: "When men in their pride boast of their own achievements, their results nothing but division, confusion, and incomprehensibility; but when the wonderful works of God are proclaimed, then every man may hear the apostolic gospel in his own tongue" (Genesis 1-11, p. 126).

 

(from The Wycliffe Bible Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1962 by Moody Press)