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 creeps upon the earth. 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:26 – 27
PERSONAL DECLARATION by Robert
The following is my personal belief of what I see as individuals when being personally engaged with a fellow individual, whether man or woman. Definitely, the physical presence is acknowledged, as it is impossible not to recognize the body.
However, what I spiritually acknowledge is this individual was created in God’s image as a spirit. It is the soul (mind will and emotions that separates us from the kingdom of animals Genesis 1:26), which I am engaging when in conversation as this is the individual the spirit present in the vessel which houses it. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:27
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of what and who we as individuals God created. Was it the Temple (our body) or the spirit and soul within the Temple (our body)?
My personal opinion in creating men (humans) in His image, we first came into existence as a spirit, as God is spirit. God then created a spiritual vessel to house the spirit just created in his image; at this point, the man was the same as the creatures without a soul. Man had form and housing like the animals until Genesis 2:7 God-breathed reasoning into the man, and our soul became a part of our existence. Separating us from the animals and giving us a mind (ability to reason), will (ability to choose) and emotions (ability to discern, understand, obtain and maintain knowledge).
What most individuals do not recognize, individuals are made up of three parts in the similitude of the Triune (God, Yeshua (the Son), and Holy Spirit). We are first a spirit (in God’s image), a Soul (mind, will, emotions), our Temple (body housing the spirit and soul). What individuals erroneously recognize when dealing with fellow men, is the housing (body) in the multiple forms (shapes and colours) being present.
The Bottom line are you recognizing the spirit whether a believer or nonbeliever for who they are? Our journey holds many different challenges and one of them unfortunately is prejudice, slurs and abuse.
These sadly are the enemy’s weapons drawing man to only seeing the flesh, and not, that this individual is a spirit made in God’s image. Granted, we are in the world, and many do not understand or refuse to accept this time is given here, in this journey, it is time to reconnect our spirit with God.
Time for all to realize we are in a personal war with Satan desiring to capture our soul, in order, to imprison our spirit eternally. the following link identifies the importance of recognizing who you are speaking to
Here is an opportunity to apply a [Living Word,] that word being “Earnest” defined carnally as a serious and intent mental state, then as a [Living Word,] adding the following to our spiritual discernment, and understanding sincerity, not lighthearted or being playful, determined, great in degree, very strong, showing great energy, enthusiasm or effort.
It becomes those whom God has blessed with additional discernment and understanding through Living Words to be according to their ability, open-hearted in their demonstrations of Yeshua’s love and compassion, and (not in compliment, but cordially) to bid friends and strangers welcome. We should take pleasure in showing kindness to any for both God and man love a cheerful giver. Who would eat the bread of him that has an evil eye?
Ok, here is my take on this and how I approach and deal with individuals it is recognizing who and what is in my presence addressing me, is a spirit created in God’s image and should be respected as such. It matters not whether they believe or not, God desires we treat each other with respect and as I see it respecting what God created and is presenting to me.
I have searched the scriptures from Genesis to Revelations and nowhere did I find race or colour of individuals being described. What I found was the spirit of man and his decisions about what path he is choosing to follow. Who chooses which God to worship, but nothing about anyone being superior or wiser. I see there are some with a sense of discernment where others choose worldly wisdom which creates the difference of thinking.
After doing this extensive research, I recognize and desire to share one of the lies Satan is using to defer multitudes from God and salvation. Many Jewish slaves freed from hundreds of years of bondage suffered from this malady and God destroyed, which is now plaguing modern man. What comes to mind is the warning God spoke to the Israelite’s do not fall into doing what is [right in your own minds].
In other words, when I am standing in front of an individual recognizing them as a spirit how far from God, has this individual drifted. Or you can say has allowed himself to be drawn into the conditions described in (2Timothy 3); “For men shall be lovers of their selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful. Unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.”
Because they have succumbed to Satan’s lie they are right in their own minds, it is here where recognizing and dealing with the spirit becomes Important. It is here where God’s teachings reveal who and why we were called to deal with all as neighbours. It becomes apparent knowing this individual is spirit is to know even though they are rebellious and think in the flesh, they are still a spirit created by God in his image.
It is here where we see the prejudices and racism are born and grow through the following described in 2Timothy 3 as the sin of being right in their own mind is reinforced by the teachings of the world thus chaining this spirit (as well worldly spirits) in Satan’s bondage and service while walking in delusion. Worshipping the false gods and idols of the world. It is through the separation of the spirits Satan is able to flourish amongst men of the world because they believe they are right in their minds.
Why do I share this information as an obedient servant who is instructed to warn and inform the flock to find the one stray, I believe the parable of the sower applies here. It is our responsibility while in the den of wolves to inform and plant a seed that our Lord now has to possibly over time nurture to its greatness. When I stand before a man whose spirit is reconnected to God, I see Yeshua’s light shining through the eyes bright soothing and peaceable. And being lead to the following
A final TidBit, walking within righteousness recognizing the spirit of man you will never find prejudice or racism, as in the spirit we are all equal.
Please remember these articles are the work of a humble servant of Yeshua doing HIs bidding as a Watchmen sounding the Trumpet to warn of impending danger or shortfalls within the Assembly. May our Father abundantly bless each one of you with wisdom and discernment to go forward as “Modern Day Disciples.”
Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee, Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Yeshua is everlasting strength. (Isaiah 26:3-4)