106 – In His Image

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Have you ever seen a vegetable garden? Perhaps you have your own. When a farmer plants tomato plants, what fruit does he expect from that plant? Tomatoes, of course! If the farmer wanted mangoes, then he would have planted some mango trees. It is part of the tomato plant’s purpose to bring forth tomatoes. If it doesn’t fulfil this purpose, then it becomes rather useless. There are many companies around the world that produce home appliances. A company that makes fridges designs it in such a way that it will keep food cool when placed inside the fridge. Now if a fridge does not keep the food cool, or instead heats it up, who would want to buy that fridge? If a fridge does not fulfil its purpose, then it becomes rather useless.

1. What is the main purpose for the existence of humans?

Isaiah 43:7  every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my _________, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

Genesis 1:27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of ________ created he him; male and female created he them.

NOTE: Humans were not created to glorify themselves, but to glorify God only. Humans were not created to make themselves known, but to make God known. God’s nature and His law is love (1 John 4:8) and it is the purpose of humanity to reveal God’s character to the universe. Ecclesiastes 12:13 also teach us that the whole duty of man is to glorify God by living according to His Word.

 

2. Did God tell the first humans how to live, and how to die?

Genesis 2:16-17  And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest __________ eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely _______

NOTE: The Word of God was to be the life and guide of humanity. God told them the way that they should walk and live, and He also told them the way that they should not walk and die. God taught them that the only way to have life is by faith.  What is faith? In a previous lesson, “102 – What is Faith?”, we learnt that faith is understanding that God’s Word is always true because it has creative power. As long as humanity lived by faith in God’s Word, they would glorify God. As long as humanity had faith in God’s Word not to eat from the tree, they would have life. God would be known through them, because the image of God would be seen reflected in them.

 

3. When does God dwell in humans?

John 14:23  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my ________: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

John 15:7  If ye abide in me, and my _______ abide in you

NOTE: When God made the first humans in the garden, He dwelt in them and was manifest in them through His Word. As long as they lived by faith in His Word they reflected His character and had the mind of God. Whatever God told them to do, they did it. And whatever He told them not to do, they didn’t do it. This resulted in the whole universe seeing God’s character manifested in humanity.

 

4. How does the relationship between a husband and a wife illustrate this relationship between God and humanity?

Ephesians 5:22-25 Wives, ______ yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the ________ of the wife, even as Christ is the ______ of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is _______ unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it

NOTE: The Bible teaches us that the husband is the head of the home, and Christ is the head of the church (also called His wife in Revelation 19:7). When the home needs to make a decision, the final decision will be made by the husband. He will make this decision in love and for the best interest of his home and he will also take responsibility for that decision. For this reason, the wife should willingly subject herself to her husband. The Bible also teaches this principle in 1 Peter 3:1. Christ is also the head of the church and therefore the church needs to willingly subject itself to God’s Word.  

Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be _____ flesh

NOTE: When the husband is the head of the home and the wife is in willing subjection, then they truly will be one. Even though they are still two personalities, they will become one in mind and purpose. The home will be united. When the wife chooses not to subject herself to her husband, then the home is no longer united and the purposes of the home will be divided. As the wife is willingly subjecting herself to her husband, she is the glory of her husband (1 Corinthians 11:7). In the same way humanity would reflect God’s glory as long as humanity willingly subjected themselves to God’s Word. Does this take away freedom? No! Only willing subjection will do. In John 17:21 Jesus wants us to be one with God. Just as the husband and wife can be united in mind and purpose by willing subjection on the part of the wife, so God and humanity can be united in mind and purpose by willing subjection on the part of humanity.

 

5. What if Adam and Eve, the first humans, decided to follow the word of another?

Romans 6:16  Know ye not, that to whom ye _______ yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey

NOTE: Adam and Eve had to willingly subject themselves to God’s Word if they were to reflect His glory and fulfill their purpose of existence. If they would separate themselves from God, then God could no longer be made known through them and God’s image would not be reflected. And if they didn’t follow God’s Word, no longer reflecting God’s image, then according to Romans 6:16 somebody would still be reflected in them. Somebody would still be manifested and glorified in them. Who would this be? That would depend on whose word was being followed.

Romans 14:23  for whatsoever is not of faith is _____

NOTE: Remember that faith is understanding that God’s Word is always true because it has creative power. Not someone else’s word, but God’s Word only. The moment when Adam and Eve would choose to follow the word of another, they would no longer live by faith. Where there is no Word of God, there cannot be any faith. They would no longer reflect God’s glory, but the glory of another. And thus it becomes easy to understand that living by faith is the only way to glorify God and reflect His character. The only way to fulfill the purpose for our existence is to live by faith. When we doubt God’s Word, we cannot fulfill the purpose of our existence. And thus it also becomes easy to understand what sin actually is: Whenever God says something, and we do not live according to that Word, then we live in sin. Romans 6:23 makes it clear that the result of sin can only be death, because there is no reason for something to exist that does not fulfill its purpose. Living by faith is living by every Word that proceeds out of God’s mouth.

 

6. How was humanity separated from God?

Genesis 3:4-5 And the ________ said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

NOTE: If Eve in her own head should turn away from the Word of God and follow her own word, then it would be only herself that would be reflected and glorified. But this was not so. Eve did not follow her own word, nor the word of God, and so she glorified and reflected the image of the one whose word she obeyed. Genesis 3:4-5 makes it clear that it was Satan’s word that was believed, and followed, above God’s Word, and this meant that Satan’s mind was accepted and followed instead of God’s mind. It was not God who was manifested in Adam and Eve when they sinned, and not themselves also. It was Satan’s image that was reflected in Adam and Eve after they sinned. They had to make a choice between believing God’s Word, or Satan’s word. It was all a matter of faith.

 

7. What happened to the human mind after sin entered our world?

Romans 8:7  Because the carnal mind is _______ against God: for it is not subject to the law of God NOTE: Now Adam and Eve had the mind of God’s enemy, Satan, which is enmity against God. Adam and Eve could only give to their children what they had: the sinful mind of Satan. Adam’s children from birth also reflected this sinful mind of Satan, and not the character of God. “And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image” (Genesis 5:3).

 

8. After sinning, how did Adam and Eve respond to God?

Genesis 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I _____ myself.

NOTE: Adam was hiding from God. Selfishness took the place of love in his heart. Before sin, Adam held joyful communion with God, but after sin he could find no joy in God’s holiness. Adam and Eve were no longer happy in God’s presence. Adam and Eve now had a mind that wanted to glorify Satan and follow Satan’s word. Adam and Eve were no longer fulfilling their purpose for existence and deserved to pay the wages of sin – death.

 

9. Why didn’t God immediately kill Adam and Eve?

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not _______, but have everlasting life

NOTE:  The greatest plan that the universe had ever seen was set into motion – the plan of salvation. It is God’s plan to save humanity from the power, guilt and wages of sin. 1 Peter 1:12 tells us that God’s plan to restore God’s image in man is so great that “the angels desire to look into” this awesome plan.

 

Summary

Living by faith is living according to the understanding that God’s Word is always true, because His Word has creative power. Living by faith is what enables us to fulfil our purpose of glorifying God and reflecting His character of love to the universe. When we submit ourselves to God’s Word, then we are one in mind and purpose with Him. When you choose to follow someone’s word, then you are reflecting the character of that person. When we do not live by faith in God’s Word, but live according to the word of another, then we sin and we are no longer fulfilling the purpose for our existence. Sin is simply disobedience to God’s Word or law (1 John 3:4). Those who do not live by faith in God’s Word no longer have a purpose for existence and will die (Romans 6:23). Adam and Eve sinned by believing the word of Satan and therefore reflected Satan’s mind and character. They were no longer happy in God’s presence. God set into motion the greatest plan that the universe has ever seen to rescue us and restore God’s image in us.

Your Response

Is it your desire to willingly subject yourself to God’s Word and live by faith so that you can glorify God, reflect His image and so be one with Him in mind and purpose?