In Our Image

 

Back in Creation, in Genesis 2, we see how God made us.

Genesis 2:7 "And 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."

Some translations say "living being". It's from the breath of God that we actually get our life. And so now you can see the connection to how we were created by the very breath of God.

The meaning is clear; the spirit of God is the breath of God. This is confirmed further by Jesus in John 20:

John 20:22 "And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost."

Jesus breathed His own Spirit, He did not breathe someone else. It is this same spirit that is mentioned in Genesis 1 verse 2, "the Spirit of God", which is the "breath of God". Psalm 33 confirms this...

Psalms 33:6 "By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth."

And in Job 33 we read...

Job 33:4 "The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life."

The Spirit of God is equated with His breath. That is what the word means. We have seen this in both the Old and New Testaments.

So a more accurate reading of Genesis would be the "Breath of God" moved upon the face of the waters. This ties in with what we read in Job, Psalms, Matthew and John.

God spoke and it was so. And once you understand the meaning of the original wording, it opens up a whole new dimension, it shows us the Sprit of God not "God the Holy Spirit", which is never mentioned in the Bible. Now let's move on to the book of John.

In John 1 we find:

John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

And here is where some confusion might start to come in. Why? Because some people say this verse shows that God and Jesus are the same person. But what does the Bible say? We have to let the Bible interpret itself; no preconceived ideas, no listening to man, just listening to God as He speaks and guides us through His word, because Isaiah tells us...

Isaiah 28:13 "But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; ..."

And this is what we have been doing, comparing scripture with scripture, to let the Bible explain itself. So let's now look in Genesis 1. In verse 26 it says...

Genesis 1:26 " "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: ..."

Now we know that "our" means more than one, so "our" means two or more - let's not jump to any more conclusions than that. We know that the Bible shows us the plan of salvation, God's love for us, and God tells us of His soon coming to take His faithful people home. So it makes sense that God would paint a clear picture for us of who He is and who is in Heaven with Him. So when God said let us make man in our image and remember that "our" means two or more - what did He do?

Genesis 2:7 "And 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."

So we know that our form is in God's image because that is what He said; "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness". So here was Adam, one person, but we know God said in "our" image ... and in Genesis 2 we find...

Genesis 2:18 "And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him."

Genesis 2:21-22 "21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man."

Genesis 2:23-24 "23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."

Mark 10:6-9 "6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. 7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; 8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. 9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."

So now we have two - Adam and Eve - formed in God's image. Also note that God is telling us here, both in Genesis and in Mark so we are comparing scripture with scripture - that these two will be one. That is why marriage is so important, it's what God ordained for us, and these two shall become one. Now we know that there are still two people, but they are to become one in support of each other, in caring for each other, wanting the same things, love, harmony, togetherness, they are joined together with the same goals and purposes, they are of one mind. This will come out more later, so it's important to remember this.

So far we have seen that God had a companion when He created the world because God said "let Us". Now we have Adam and Eve, two individuals, but of one purpose, sharing all things.

 

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