Abram became the fourth witness, in the world, so that the world could see what God was like. God put "His Spirit" back into Abram. Therefore, Abram was recognized as a man of God in the world. Abram became God’s special project to awaken the "image of God" and the "likeness of God" in him. This "image of God" and the "likeness of God" became visible to others, with more direct intervention and with more guidance. God’s projects and experiments with Adam and with Noah did not pen out. Their offspring's, instead of becoming people of God, they became the subjects of false gods created by the imaginations of man. Kings and leaders took the place of God. Babel became their god. With Abram, the fourth messenger, God laid out a new plan for the world to follow. God used Abram to build a nation, which would become the envy of all nations. Then, the nations would, on their own, turn to the God of Abram. Abram became "Abraham." To learn how to be the image of God; in this world, Abram became a willing servant of God.
Isaiah, the prophet, was divinely induced to proclaim this message: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, who publishes peace, who brings good tidings of good, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’ Hark, your watchmen lift up their voice, together they sing for joy; for eye to eye they see the return of the Lord to Zion. Break forth together into singing, you waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord has bared (opened up) his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God” (Isaiah 52:7-10). The question is, how did God do all that? In the Gospels, Jesus gave us the answer by becoming the answer. Jesus became “the Immanuel,” or “the God with us” (Matthew 1:23); not only by how He looked, but by what He did. And so can every person who believes in Jesus, the Christ, and who does what Jesus did. Jesus said, “The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does his work. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me; or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father” (John 14:10b-12).
The Bible introduces God in the plural as an “US.” We address Him in the singular as God, or Lord, or Almighty, Creator, or The Most High. God manifested Himself to Adam, Noah, Abraham, and to Moses as “I AM,” which became “Yahweh” (Lord). Then, the Lord God was present in a pillar cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, and ultimately by the Ark of the Covenant. And finally, God moved back into men and women. Any work that had to be done in the world, the Lord God did through man. And the greatest of all works, God did through Jesus Christ. Jesus personalized God and brought God down to earth as the “Emmanuel.” In the Hebrew “Emmanuel” means “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). Jesus was the “Presence” or “Shekinah” of God among and with man for a short time. The Holy Spirit replaced Jesus. The Holy Spirit is invisible, or is He? Jesus gave this answer to Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe” (John 20:29).
God said to the writer of the Psalms, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you” (Psalms 82:6). Jesus used the same identity to those who received and shared the message of heaven in John 10:34-36. “Is it not written in your law. ‘I said, you are gods?’ If He called them gods to whom the word of God came (and the scriptures cannot be broken), do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world. ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God?’” How does God do it? The answer is found in John 1:12-13, “But all who received Him (Jesus), who believed in His name, He gave power (exousian) to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of men, but of God.” The “exousian” is God’s personal “authorization” or “edict” that grants to the believers in Jesus the right to be identified as “children of God.”
The Spirit of God is the "Eternal Guard" on duty to watch over the universe and over all life. The Eternal Guard, especially, watches over God’s chosen servants that still live by His laws. In fact, the Spirit of God watched over the mass and over the chaos before He brought order into the universe (Genesis 1:1). Genesis 1:2 gives us this picture, “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters." Through the same Spirit, God called into being the world and everything in it, including man (Gen. 1-2). Then, God retired and God put man in charge of managing the world (Genesis 1:26-28). But some one, in the shape of a serpent (Satan), derailed man from his task. Man opened the Pandora’s box of evil, and man became intoxicated for as long as he lives on earth, with the sting of the devil; namely, death (Genesis 3). The devil has no influence or no power beyond the grave. Satan put man in a spirit world where man has to choose between good and evil (Ephesians 6:12). It is man’s ability to know good and evil, which makes man God-like. This knowledge of good and evil sets man apart from all other living beings (Genesis 3:22). God, the "US," has stopped creating. But God has not stopped from keeping His eye on His "image man" and on His garden, the earth. God, the Spirit, and the Son have used many people, both good and evil, to keep His "Redemptive Purpose" for His image alive in man. It should not surprise the reader that the Lord used Nebuchadnezzar more than He used David. The Babylonian captivity preserved the remnant that was needed to bring the Savior into the world. The Lord used Rome more than Israel to share the Savior with the world. They were not good nations, but they provided the means for God’s purpose to continue saving His own likeness in man.
he first people who committed the un-redeemable sin were Noah’s contemporaries, who were swept away by the flood (Genesis 7-8). To me, Exodus thirty-two, is one of the most important texts, in the Bible, that deals with the un-redeemable sin. The text warns us against damaging the “image of God” that can restore “God’s image” in man. And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down; for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves; they have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them; they have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’ I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people; now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; but of you I will make a great nation.” But Moses besought the Lord his God, and said, “O Lord. Why does thy wrath burn hot against thy people, whom thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent did he bring them forth, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou didst swear by thine own self, and didst say to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it for ever.’ And the Lord repented of the evil which He thought to do to his people” (Exodus 32:7-14).
“Life,” like God, has no beginning and no end. Life is “spirit” and “breath.” Life emanates from the “Eternal Spirit” or the “Source of Life” that can incarnate a human body. The virgin birth of Jesus, the Christ, was an incarnation of God. God’s “breath” turns man into a “living being.” And every time a male sperm, with the “seed of the spirit,” fuses with a female ovum, which provides the housing and also the nourishment, a new “living human” being has begun. To disallow the “eternal spirit” or the “soul” to become a member of the human race is Satan’s most heinous crime. Satan’s objective is to destroy the human body so the “spirit,” in man, cannot serve God or redeem itself.
Love is the very nature of God. Love is the most accurate expression of God’s image in man. True love is the fullest expression of God’s presence in man. The utmost need is, for the Spirit of God, to open the human heart to our Heavenly Father’s Love. God did not spare His only Begotten Son. God gave Him up for a ransom those who believe and for those who do His will on earth (John 3:16-18). I love the song, “The Love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell; it goes beyond the highest star, and reaches to the lowest hell.” In particular, the third verse grabs my feeling for the “Love of Christ” I yearn for. “Could we with ink the ocean fill, and were the skies of parchment made, were every stalk on earth a quill, and every man a scribe by trade; to write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry; nor could the scroll contain the whole, though stretched from sky to sky.”
Webster defines "abortion," as a medical procedure to abort or remove a fetus from the womb before it is fully developed, prior to birth. The word "abortion" is not in the Bible because it does not support God’s command to man, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth” (Genesis 1:28). Abortion is a direct violation against God’s purpose for man to manage the world. Abortion is not an act of love, but an act of hate for oneself, and for the gift of life bestowed upon man by the Creator.