1. Introduction/Review

I wrote previously that Adam and Eve were created in the image and likeness of God, showing that the term “image and likeness” meant that they were created  an external form like His (but God is a spiritual being and not flesh and blood), His shining light and the inner characteristics of His Holy Spirit.   Tselem (Strong’s H6754) is the Hebrew word used for image. This means that man was made to look externally like God. 

I also wrote that “the New Testament Greek word Eikon (G1504) is the corresponding for tselem. Since it carries the meaning of external likeness and glory, brilliant light of God, character of  God, we learn that Adam and Eve were created with shining light glowing on them, a reflection of the light of God in whom there is no darkness. The usage of eikon also shows that Adam and Eve were also created with the character or Spirit  of God which He put in them when He breathed into them”  

https://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/12/25/adam-and-eve-w…ikeness-of-god

2. Adam and Eve lost the state of purity

Adam and Eve lost this state of purity thought the deception and craftiness of the devil who appeared in the form of an angel of light, preaching another doctrine that was contrary to God’s (2 Cor 11: 1- 15).  By learning to sin through the devil’s instructions, the pure spirit of Adam and Eve became corrupted and their descendents inherited the sin DNA.  However, before the foundation of the earth, God family made a plan in which humans would be able to return to this state of purity and restore the friendship with God that we lost because of sin.

2. Jesus was born in the flesh but retained His Holy Spirit to redeem us from sin

However, Jesus God was born in the body of  human flesh while retaining His Holy Spirit.  The purpose was to redeem us back to God and renew us from the state of corruption of the sinful spirit. Although living in flesh, Scriptures teach us that He is the Word of God in flesh, living a sinless life and overcoming the devil in His life and death

https://pppministries.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/what-does-apos…he-form-of-god/   (and subsequent posts).

God appearing on earth in the form of a man is not unususual. God family appeared to Abraham in the form of three men (Gen 18). These visits were shortlived. However, it would be the first time  that a member of the God family would actually live among humans and experience the struggles that we endure.

3. Jesus came in the image (eikōn/G1504)  of God in order to restore us back to the image (eikōn/G1504) of God.

Scriptures teach us that Jesus was found in fashion as a man, but was sinless. He  came to model the original life that Adam and Eve had been given and to show us how to get back to that image  (eikōn/G1504) of God.  Because Jesus was God in flesh, or the image (eikōn/G1504), it means that He was heaven’ s ambassador on earth. He represented to us to us all of the character of the God family. Keeping in mind that He was born in a body of flesh, the image (eikōn/G1504) of Jesus would therefore mean the inner Holy Spirit of the God family was revealed on earth. Please note that while not exhaustive, I wrote previously on some elements of God’s character:

https://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/12/25/what-is-the-im…ikeness-of-god/

There is a process of confirmation, transformation or renewal of the spirit that believers in Christ go through when we become affiliated with Christ, when we return to the place of obeying the Word of God:

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image 1504 of his Son, that  he might be the firstborn  among  many  brethren (Rom 8: 29)

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image 1504 from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Cor 3: 18)

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image 1504 of God, should shine unto them (2 Cor 4: 4).

Who is the image 1504 of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: (Col 1: 15)

And have put on the new [man], which is renewed ( G341 – anakainoō) in knowledge after the image 1504 of him that created him (Col 3: 10)

I feel rather overwhelmed at God’s mastery and will stop here today. There are so many threads to spiritual regeneration and I hope to be able to discuss as many as possible. God bless.

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