Restoring Their Image and Likeness in Man

THE BREATH OF GOD IS SPIRIT AND LIFE

“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.

Man or the “earthling” is a product of God. The Hebrew word for God is “Elohim” and it is in the plural. God is more than one. This is consistent with the “US.” For Christians, the “US” is a reference to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). God, with multiple beings, endowed with extraordinary powers, created the heavens and the earth. During that time, “the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:2). After the world and everything in it was finished, Elohim 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 birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them, and God said to them, ’be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it’” (Genesis 1:26-28). Every thing God had done in Genesis, chapter one, was good and man was part of the process of creation.

Genesis, chapter two, Elohim is addressed as the, “Lord God.” Man is a separate and special formation and so is the garden, and then the woman. “The Lord God formed man out of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being (soul)” (Genesis 2:27). Regarding the woman, “So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh; and the rib which the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man” (Genesis 2:21). Man is a “living being” who consists of a perishable body and an “eternal soul.” It is this “soul” or “life” that is irreplaceable and of greater value than the entire world (Matthew 16:25-26). The Creator, who designed this “eternal spirit,” He also is the only “One” who can dispose of both, “spirit” and body (Matthew 10:28). Satan and sin only can hurt the body, but not the “spirit” (I Corinthians 5:5). But that does not exempt the “spirit” from being punished for its evil deeds in eternity (Romans 2:5-6). Hence, the “spirit,” that is intelligent enough, must make amends while in the body. The body is only the vehicle that satisfies the whim of the “spirit.” It is up to the “spirit,” in man, to yield either to good or to evil. It is the “Eternal Spirit” that gives life and not the flesh (John 6:63).

God is “Spirit!” God, Alone is the “Source of Life.” Man is God’s tool to spread this “Source of Life.” It is in the “Spirit” or in the “Breath of God” that life continues whether man is good or bad. During the forming of man, God planted His “seed of life” in the male. The male is accountable as to how he plants the “seed of life” in a female. “Life” or the “soul” is the work of “God’s Spirit” and not the work of man. Man is only a tool or a vessel, which carries the fruit of the “God’s Spirit” (Matthew 1:18-20; Luke 1:35). In reality, all men live, move, and have their being in God (Acts 17:28). God created the “Spirit” (Zechariah 12:1). And God sustains the “Spirit” (Job 10:12). God endowed man with the “seed of reproduction” and that was good. There is no sin in the seed. That is why children were candidates for the Kingdom of God (Matthew 19:14). Man is not born in sin, but man is born to sinners. Otherwise, the “seed” would not be holy. David’s confession in Psalms 51:5 is not a basis for all births. David felt that, “My father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me up” (Psalms 27:10). David’s father did not rank David with his seven brothers. Therefore, we have David’s confession, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me” (Psalms 51:5). All these facts suggests an illegitimate relationship, which was all too common in David’s time, and which still is too common in our day.

One of the greatest sins that man has committed has been when man assigned the origin of the “Spirit” or “Breath of Life” to an irrational process of evolution. And the second sin, equal in seriousness, was to give women the right to decide as to who lives and who dies. Both of these sins infringe on the “dominion of God.” God never gave man the right to “create” or “terminate a soul.” Man’s mission was to “procreate” or to continue “reproducing” what had already been created. And it is not the woman who is passing on the “Spirit” or the “Breath,” but it is the man. Man carries the “seed of God” and the woman provides the “housing.” The male has all the chromosomes required for a complete human being. The woman and her womb make it possible for the “spirit seed” to become an independent and its very own separate “human being.” That little “human being” depends on those earthly parents to have a decent start. How tragic it is when two human adults engage in fertilization at a time when their bodies are not mentally or physically fit. Even modern science has warned humans that wish to have healthy children to abstain from exposing their bodies to harmful behaviors, foods, drinks, drugs and a host of things that will cause harm to the baby. Especially, the male should take serious precautions not to harm the chromosomes. The womb of the female is the temple of that little “spirit seed.” Hence, a pregnant woman should take extra care of herself. She should not consume or indulge in anything that may defile the temple and hurt the little “soul.”  

It is the male and not the female that bears the greater accountability. It is the male and not the female that perpetuates the “Image” or the “Spirit” from God. The woman is only the likeness of the male (I Corinthians 11:7-9). In our world, the male has cunningly placed the burden and the blame on the female. The decision whether a baby lives or dies has been placed squarely on the woman. The Biblical position holds the biological father accountable. Adam tried to pin the blame on Eve. God out-rightly rejected Adam’s appeal (Genesis 3:12, 17-19). The men, who attempted to stone a woman for infidelity, were asked to prove their innocence (John 8:7). God, in person, will judge the male who has spread his “seed” in innocent women, by force or by consent. If a male engages in more than one female, it is adultery. If the male leaves his “seed” to die then it is murder (Matthew 19:4-9). In fact, to leave a helpless “being” without paternal care, is worse than murder. The Bible regards the male as the stronger sex and therefore, the man is more responsible. The male is even responsible for the female (I Peter 3:7).

Our conscience should tell us whenever we gamble with the “Eternal Spirit” or with the “Eternal Soul” of our earthly existence (Romans 2:12-16). Even if there had been no divine law or revelation; by nature, man knows both good and evil. It all happened when man became a miniature speck of God on earth (Genesis 3:22). It becomes vitally prudent to adhere to the offer the last Adam; namely, “Christ” has made to the world (I Corinthians 15:22, 45-49). Jesus, the Christ, offered to restore God’s image in man. God can reunite man with the “Eternal Spirit” or with God here on earth. What Jesus said to Thomas, was intended for everyone, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know Him and have seen Him” (John 14:6-7). “It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the word that I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63). “For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will” (John 5:21). We find these words in Paul’s writings, “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit which dwells in you” (Romans 8:11). “But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-7).

“Life” is “breath” or “spirit” and it is a gift of God. God is the “Eternal Spirit.” The “spirit” is the “image of God” in man. It is up to man where he takes his “spirit” — back to God (heaven) or to Satan (hell)? Man is in charge of his life. Man directs his “spirit” where he wants to go and where he wants to spend eternity. Also, man has the choice of what he wants to do with his life while he is on earth. Man, constantly, has to keep in mind that, “what he sows, he shall reap” (Galatians 6:7). (Quotes from RSV, unless noticed).