Is all of mankind created in God’s image?
Most of us would nod our heads in agreement because the Bible seems to state that in Genesis 1:27. Yet, let’s take the time to inspect a few scriptures before we jump aboard the stage coach and ride off into the sunset.
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, “You must be born again.” (John 3:3, 6-7)
Every human, except two, that has ever walked on earth – including Jesus – was born via a woman and were little bundles of flesh. But remember that God is Spirit and not flesh. So we humans, have to be born again to worship God the Spirit.
Since our earthly births, haven’t we always been considered alive?
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience, among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh… (Ephesians 2:1-3)
We were dead, but hooray! God brought us back to life in Christ and raised us up with Him and gave us a seat with Him in heavenly places. But once again, we need to remember that God has always been alive and has never died.
And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27)
All humans, with the exceptions of Enoch and Elijah, have died and will continue to die until the New Jerusalem arrives here on earth, but God has never died and never will die. He always was and always will be.
So, is man really created in the image and likeness of God?
(Continued in Part 5)