Made Into God’s Image
God’s #1 goal in your life is to make you into His image and likeness.
“Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have dominion . . .” Gen. 1:26
His goal has been the same since the beginning of time.
1st Adam failed to trust God and put his trust in Satan. As a result he received satanic sin nature and passed this on into the human race.
Ill. Can you imagine what it was like to live in garden of eden? Years later after no longer lived there they had sons and daughters. The children would wonder as Adam told stories of what it was like to like in Eden the garden of God. Papa, why don’t we live there anymore?
“Your mother ate us out of house and home!”
- Everyone since has been born with a satanic sin nature because we are of Adam’s seed that got corrupted. Bible calls it
Why is their such evil in the world? Satanic sin nature.
“For as in Adam all die, even so IN CHRIST shall all be made alive.” I Cor. 15:22
Originally man was not created to die. There was no death. Everything would live forever.
God told Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The day you eat of it you will die. They did but did not die that very day, but death came to planet earth.
Adam lived 930 years. Eve? Who was oldest human? 969.
Why did people live so long back in the beginning?
- To populate the earth.
- Physical body not experienced the corruption of sin.
- Water and food purer.
The first Adam lost dominion God gave him. There had to be a man who would take back the dominion God gave man.
There was no man able to do this. But God had a plan to rescue mankind long before the foundation of the earth.
- This man would have to pass the tests that Adam failed.
The triune God – God the Father, God the Son, God the HS.
The Son of God is also God the Son. He became flesh, He became human but not born of Adam’s seed.
- Virgin birth – not human seed but human womb. God’s seed placed in a human womb – virgin birth is vital to believe!
Jesus is human but with God’s nature and not the satanic sin nature.
He is called the 2nd Adam.
“The first Adam was made a living soul. The last Adam was made a life giving spirit. However, that which is spiritual is not first, but the natural, then the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second man was of the Lord from heaven.” I Cor. 15:45
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said unto you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows and you hear the sound but you don’t know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:6-8
Born once – die twice.
Born twice – die once.
“Death and Hades were thrown in the lake of fire. This is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Rev. 20:14
We are given a future picture of what will happen to both death itself and Hades the place of departed spirits (now where dead people’s souls are) until Great white throne judgment and final sentence is passed.
- God will show His justice and holiness and mercy offered to everyone.
- Is there a literal hell? Yes.
How can we be saved from going to hell?
- John 3:16 “not perish” = hell = eternal death
- Romans 10:9-10 “saved”
- Be born again of the Spirit of God.
What many Xns do not seem to understand but need to understand is this:
1. When you are born again of the (literally born from above) then your old sin nature got crucified with Jesus. He died your death and gave you His life.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God. For if righteousness come by the law, then Christ died in vain.” Gal. 2:20-21
Born again people do not have a sin nature! It was crucified with Jesus.
Yet I hear it from preachers on TV and then read it in Xn books and know it is error being taught to the body of X.
Pic man with devil and angel on shoulder.
It is error to believe you still have a sin nature and God’s nature.
Then why do I still sin and maybe do some of the same sins I got saved from?
If you are born again you no longer have a sin nature, but you may have a sin habit!
- Strongholds in our mind
As you partner with God you can overcome this sin habit by His grace. He delights in helping you overcome and mature through this.
He will replace that habit with a fruit of the Spirit that is the opposite of that sin habit. This fruit will grow over time and mature. You can be sure this is what God is doing in your life right now. Take an issue you have, a sin habit. God is trying to lead you and teach you to yield for His nature to manifest in you as this particular fruit of His nature in your life.
This will require you to focus on living out of your spirit rather than your flesh. In your born again spirit is HS and your newly created spirit.
One of the ways you know you are living out of your spirit and not the flesh is you are not giving into those deeds of the flesh like you use to.
“Walk in the Spirit and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh.” Gal. 5:16
“To be fleshly minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace, for the fleshly mind is hostile toward God.” Romans 8:6
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee.” Isaiah 26:3
You have to become more aware of your invisible but present God than your present visible problems.
- Not ignore problems, just don’t let them become so big a mountain that they hide God from your focus.
Here was an exercise in focus back in Numbers 21. Israel in wilderness and bitten by fiery serpents. They prayed – God take away the serpents. People were dying. Instead God gave a solution where they would have to trust Him and FOCUS. God told Moses to
“Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole; and it shall be everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” Numbers 21:8
“Look at the bronze serpent judged and hanging on this pole and you will be healed!” It was made out of bronze – symbol of judgment. Bronze laver for priest to wash in. Bronze altar for sacrifices.
“Look” = means to focus intently.
Surprisingly, some did not believe and died with the solution within their reach.
It would take faith, trust in God for this miracle to happen.
All this was a picture of the miracle of the gracious Lord Jesus to come. In John’s gospel two verses before the great John 3:16 verse.
“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so the Son of Man must be lifted up.” John 3:14
In the same way to be saved – it would take trust and faith in God for this miracle to happen – we call it salvation.
- It is within reach and yet many will perish.
Concl: There are lots of signs of death and people perishing all around us. The snakes have bitten many people and they need the anti-venom.
If you could get people to quit focusing on all the snakes and focus on God’s answer – Jesus – then the wounds you have suffered would be healed. But you have got to focus.
Jesus told Martha, “You are so preoccupied with so many things in your life – but one thing is needful and Mary your sister has chosen that good part.
- Why waste your time going to church on a Wednesday night?
- Why waste a good Sunday at church?
“you are showing yourself that you have chosen what God says is that good part – sitting at the feet and Jesus and feeding on His Word.”
You are learning to
F – Fellowship with Holy Spirit
O – Occupy with the Father’s business
C - Conquer all fear and doubt
U - Unite with believers
S - Serve the Lord with gladness