(Another in a series of Topical Studies from the Bible)
(By Daniel Aceituna)
"So God created man in [H]is own image..." Genesis 1:27.
Many have asked how can man be in God's image when God is sinless, but man is sinful?
The answer is found in Genesis Chapter 3 where the Fall of man is
described. His fall resulted in him changing:
Today man is no longer born in God's image but in Adam's. We will
look at how man has changed before and
Not enough is known about the first Adam. So we will look at the
last Adam, Jesus Christ, (I Corinth. 15:45-47),
SIMILARITIES (Both can experience the following)
Similar in all ways except without sin Hebrews 4:15
Note: That these similarities are physical and
emotional. In fact Jesus had a body (Matthew 26:12) and a soul
DISIMILARITIES (What Jesus did, but man doesn't do)
Always served God (Matthew 6:24) Always Fellowships with God (John 5:29) Always communicates with God (John 11:41-42) Always in accord with God (John 17:20-22) Always obeys God (Matthew 26:39) Always understood God (Matthew 11:25-27) Always believed God (John 17:7-8) Always trusts God (Matthew 27:42-43) Always Testifies of God (John 8:26) Always Glorified God (John 17:4)
All these things done with the proper motive of unconditional love toward God. (Mark 12:29-30)
Note: That these dissimilarities are spiritual since the only way to relate to God is in the Spirit. (John 4:23-24)
We conclude that while Jesus and fallen man are similar in body and soul.
They are not similar in spiritual
Fallen man is not constantly aware of God's existence, unless he uses his
five senses. To him God is
Jesus' awareness of God comes from having God's Spirit within. (Luke 4:1, 18)
Man's lack of awareness comes from not having God's Spirit within. (I Corinthians 2:10-11)
WHILE BOTH JESUS AND FALLEN MAN HAVE HUMAN SPIRITS,
[Adaptation: b = BODY; s = SOUL; S = SON; F = FATHER.]
CONCLUSION: Fallen man is born spiritually dead in Adam's image.
Man needs a spiritual birth in order to know God.
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