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What is God’s image similar to man?

WHAT IS GOD’S IMAGE SIMILAR TO MAN?©

ARISTEO CANLAS FERNANDO
Peace Crusader and Echo of the Holy Spirit

 

Genesis 1:26 (Holy Bible, King James Version) states: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:”.

What is God?  In John 4:24, it states: “God is a Spirit”.  What are we then?  We are also spirits.  We are composed of the physical body and spirit.  God joined the two.  The physical body came from the soil so it will go back to the soil.  The spirit came from God.  That is the breath of life that He breathed into man’s nostrils for man to become a living soul (Genesis 2:7).  When we “die”, this breath of life or the spirit will go back to God.  Ecclesiastes 12:7 states: “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”

Genesis 2:7 states: “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 which is imperfect?  The physical body.  Which is perfect?  The spirit from God.  When we commit sin, we make the spirit imperfect.  What God wants is that this spirit from Him would be returned as a clean slate as when He gave it.  He wants it perfect.  We therefore should avoid sinning so that we will be worthy to live in His kingdom in Heaven.

God lives forever.  So is our spirit.  God, on Judgment Day, can either send this spirit to live forever in Heaven or in Hell.  So we are the engineer of the house where we will live forever.

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God – just one or more than one?

 

 

Why did God say in Genesis 1:26, 3:22 “us” and “our”?  I thought God is just one—“he” and “his” (Genesis 1:27).  “us” and “our” are plural pronouns whereas “he” and “his” are singular.  This was during creation.

 

Genesis 1:26 states (King James Version): “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.”

 

Genesis 3:22 – “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.”

 

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

 

Why was God not consistent in using the singular pronoun if He is only one?  I think, in all instances in the Tanakh (The Hebrew Scripture; The Old Testament of the Christians) except in Genesis 1:26, 3:22, God is portrayed as only one and the singular pronouns, such as He, Him, His, I, Me, My, Mine, are used.  Even those who believe in Him use the singular pronouns, such as You, Your, Thou, Thine, Thee. Also, when referring to God, such as God, The Lord, The Lord God, the singular form is used.

 

Can God, in His almightiness, not make Himself more than one and be at all places all the time?  To us, humans, we think that we can only be at one place at any one time.  Is God like this?  If so, God does not hear those who are praying to Him in Ireland or New York if He is only in Israel.  Also, if He is in Jerusalem, then He will not hear those in Tel Aviv or Haifa who are praying to Him.  

 

What is your thought about this?

 

With love, your brother in Jesus,
Aristeo Canlas Fernando, Peace Crusader and Echo
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