To be “sons of God” is to again have God’s image …. Himself in the flesh .... “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…and the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul... So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him” Gen. 1:26; 2:7; 1:28
Glory be to God for in the beginning God imaged Himself in man by forming Himself in a man of earth.
So man was created as a visible expression of the invisible God.
Now that was before the fall ... But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. Job 32:8
Though the dust of the earth we be within us is a spirit that desires to be once again the very image of God. Yet many chose to be the image of fallen man and some seek whole hearty with unselfish love to be with ABBA as His sons.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:9-11 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft. Exodus 31:3-5
To be born again is to have God’s Spirit quickening our spirit, which WILL bringing a change, a release, a raising so that our spirit may function as it was designed to function.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. John 3:6
Them of the flesh will live as the world does but they of the spirit will live as the Spirit does!
To be "born again" tells me that within me was a spirit that needed the image, the Life it had before ....
I surly understand now the Son of God and His Words when He said "I am the way, the truth and the life!"
The image of God now able to be born again within man!
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, .... Romans 8:16
And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Galatians 4:6
No other creature of the earth has a spirit but man and as so man is indeed a dwelling place for the Spirit of God.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16
The "temple" or sanctuary was where the image of the God was placed which is distinguished from the whole enclosure.
It is in the Jewish temple the place of the mercy seat .... the ark, was the Holiest of all; which in mankind is his heart. He who sits upon the seat of man's heart is he that is man's god. For as such will that man think, act and live in this world.
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Jeremiah 31:31-33
The breath of life in the animal world is but the oxygen of this lower atmosphere .... The very breath of man but was the breath of God .... the Life of God made man an image of Him in this earth!
and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. Ecclesiastes 12:7
It is this breath .... this spirit that makes mankind different for by it they are able to have a relationship with God who is Spirit!
That is why Paul penned .... But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Romans 8:9
No other creature builds a temple to worship God, nor does any other creature go about searching for God .... Mankind though a creature of the earth has within a desire to know God and to worship God ... Though some find Him not for they keep in place their own godhood they don't realize that death is their friend and the God of creation is their very enemy.
For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Philippians 3:3
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:23,24
We now see "WORSHIP" is the "KEY" evidence of the spiritual quality WITHIN mankind.
Lost mankind worships the material things of the world and the people it places upon its altars as gods. The soul of man desires the worship of man, the praise of man, the SELFISH LOVE OF MAN!
The sons of God worship God in spirit and TRUTH! Truth is the very Life within man showing man their is but ONE God who is Spirit and worthy of all glory and praise!!!!!!
Before closing this part of let me say ......
Only man WORSHIPS!
Only man HAS a spirit!
Only man is AWARE of God!
Only man has HEARD from God!
TRUTH be ..... WORSHIP is as natural for man — any man, saved or unsaved — as barking is for a dog!
The depths of my God is as the roar of waterfalls that have gone over me calling me out to be one with Him. The Light that engulfed Adam is still crying out to mankind wanting to be the Life for all to see and share in.
The oracle of the word of the Lord concerning Israel: Thus declares the Lord, who stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him: Zechariah 12:1
Ohhhhhhhh how man born again must see that the very Life within is one of Love, and not a love of selfishness as a man but a love of Life poured within!
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Romans 5:5
Yes the very God who takes responsibility for the heaven and earth, also takes responsibility for maturing the spirit of man which is within us, and He is the God of the spirits of all flesh.
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him: for whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness Hebrews 12:5-6, 9-10
Though I have two fathers I ONLY have one Father which giveth Life!
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2:26
And as such I have respect for my earthly parents but my love is for my true Life, my Father ...... ABBA.
My earthly parents taught me nothing but a selfish love for all that's in this world. What they taught me came from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and was nothing more than "selfish love," that is past on down through the ages from Adam.
This "selfish love" turned from Life to death .... the action of disobedience to the commandment of God.
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 1John 4:16
Love = Agape: love involves faithfulness, commitment, and an act of the will.
The sad truth is Jesus said "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold."
Agape love within will die and be replaced with the selfish love that removed mankind from the tree of Life!
Ohhhhhhhh please don't take me as one high above, for I will confess!
I myself have fallen victim to the sin of selfish love.
However. The mercy of my Father has opened the eyes of my heart and I in need of much more grace, ask Him to forgive me for my selfish love and to replace it again for His!
The 'iniquity' that abounds has worked at removing His love from within me and replacing it again with the world's selfish love.
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1John 2:15
"Iniquity" has cried out to me from many different ways but I see by His truth and Life within that the works of my faith towards the body will be the overpowering Love of Him!!!!
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be "lovers of self", lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, "heartless", unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, "treacherous", reckless, swollen with conceit, "lovers of pleasure" rather than lovers of God, "having the appearance of godliness", but denying its power.
Avoid such people.
For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith.
But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.
You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:1-17
To take the word "redemption" and put it into a way of understanding is to be "MADE FREE" from the flesh consciousness of SELFISHNESS and this truth brings us again into the conscious awareness of our Father and that we are spirit, the offspring of God.
But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Matthew 23:8-9
Again! I have but ONE Father and He is my source of Life for He gave His life for a ransom for my death.
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. Acts 20:28
I in Christ by baptism, have died to selfish love, the old man and am now a new creation of God's
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Our Father which art in heaven, ..... Until we recognize by the wisdom and truth that the Spirit brings who our Father is, we shall remain lost and dying in the darkness of our carnal mind.
For our hearts will love the world and the things of the world rather than loving the Father of Life and the fruit of His Spirit.
I will say my life did not begin at my physical birth!
That is why I refuse my so call birthday, knowing my true born again day was the day I received LIFE from my Father!
My birthday was a day I received death from my father, but by the Light of God's I saw true Life only comes from the Father of creation!
And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Galatians 4:6
Did you catch that? "....And because you are sons...."
I am no son of Adam of the old man .... I am a son of God and God sent the 'Spirit of his Son' into my heart whereby I now cry unto Him “Abba! Father!”
Yes the Spirit of the Son that proclaimed "I AM THE LIFE!" AND NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER BUT BY ME!!!!!
For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; John 5:26
And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. John 5:40 (John 6:27,33,40,47,48,51,53,54,61, 68)
He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. John 12:25
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24
And as Spirit He is my Life, and I in spirit and truth worship Him and Him alone!!!!!
The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.
And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him.
Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.
’Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. Acts 17:24-29
Ohhhhhhh how we see Paul is showing the Greeks that they have a spirit and that the God that they don't know is not far from them if they will turn from self to seek Him!
So many know there is but one God and yet so many miss out that He is but Spirit and they that are His are born again of His Spirit by obeying His commandments.
You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!
Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?
Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar?
You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.
You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.
And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. James 2:19-26
The flesh's worse enemy, its worse thought, its worse desire ..... Is to be as the image of God in this present world!!!!!!!!!
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost (who know not who or where they are): In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: .... Colossians 1:14-15
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. Hebrews 1:3-4
Let me step out on a limb by saying this ..... It took the image of God and the Life of God to redeem us from death!!!!!
Jesus Christ is a "quickening spirit" and as so is able to give unto them that seek Him LIFE in the Spirit!
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 1 John 4:17
WHAT IS MADE PERFECT?
Yes! Love "AGAPE" His love within us shall replace our old man's selfish love that we may love as he is!!!!!
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:35
The image of the Father shall be seen in this present world when we allow His Love to be made perfect in us and through us!!!!!
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? John 14:9
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. John 15:12
These things I command you, that ye love one another. John 15:17
Show me your faith and I'll show you my faith by my works!!!
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. James 2:17
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. John 14:23
This one showed man what man was to be and by this one man shall man be unto God.
This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; ... Genesis 5:1
The very divine nature, character, power and attributes of God was the very image of man before the fall and through Christ Jesus, the tree of Life, the very seed of God can His nature be reproduced in man once again.
For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Hebrews 2:10
As Christ Jesus taught and showed us, we must realize that we are not a physical man possessing a spirit but rather a born again spirit encased in a body.
I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. John 17:14
So must we LIVE by His grace in this world!!!!!!
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:14
We are not under law or we are not under the dominion .... power ..... of the flesh! BUT we are under grace or we are under His power .... the Holy Ghost!
He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Galatians 3:5
It is when we by His Spirit speak, act and live shall the Life of God be seen through us!
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Psalm 8:3-9
As the story goes, a little piece of wood that once bitterly complained because its owner kept whittling away at it, gouging it and making holes in it. But the one who was cutting it paid no attention to the stick’s protests.
He was making a flute out of that piece of ebony, and he was too wise to stop when the wood complained so bitterly. The man said, "Little piece of wood, without these rifts and holes, and all this cutting, you’d be just a stick forever — a useless piece of ebony. What I am doing now may seem as if I am destroying you, but instead it will change you into a flute.
Your sweet music will charm the souls of many and comfort sorrowing hearts.
My cutting you is the making of you, for only thus can you be a blessing in the world."
The meaning of this little parable is clear: That flute, whose music blended so sweetly in the orchestra, was made a flute only by the knife and file that filled it with rifts and holes which seemed to be its very destruction.
But the purpose of the master was the cutting away of the outward form so that breath could flow through it.
The breath upon the wood created a melodious sound which made it an instrument to the praise of God.
Ah, the Lord is shaping us, my beloved, cutting away the denseness of our outer shell with its darkened understanding, making rifts and holes in the way that seems not right to the natural man, that the in-breathed spirit of life from God may sweep through our earthen vessel, producing the image of God, that His glory might be revealed in creation.
Salvation to me is much more than being saved from death .... it is a relationship with my Father .... It is walking in a garden learning of Him as He learns of me.
Sin brought about death and when I read how God came in the garden after the fall calling for Adam my heart saw Love!!!!
If someone was to ask me who God is my answer would be "God is love!"
The value of man's life was much more than gold and silver .... much more than the blood of a bull, lamb, goat, pigeon, or turtledove. The value of man's life was God's action of love.
We take for granted John 3:16 and most can quote it. However. Do we see how much love is expressed in that the value of man's life was God sending His Son to redeem us back to Him.
That kind of love is beyond words or understanding.
What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment? Job 7:17,18
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? Psalm 8:4
Moments in time a voice would cry "What is man" that thou God would want as your son?
But a moment in time blood was shed and this blood was esteemed high enough to be used to buy back humanity.
The Son of God was the value of man's restored life in the spirit.
The price that is paid for an object reflects its value. The price God paid for humanity was His own Son in the image and glory of the Father.
God upon the front porch looking out past the kingdom waiting for His lost sons return is the very God that allows us to call Him ABBA, Father!
The cross was the point between earth and heaven were by God is now able to give unto any that are washed in the blood of the Lamb the free gift of Life ..... The Holy Ghost!
Death was paid for with the price of life and life replaces death in the ones that repent from self and return back to Him.
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 10:39
And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. Ezekiel 1:26
Bread .... why bread from heaven?
For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. John 6:33
Bread is a food that gives substance to the body when it is harvested from the earth. Foe man is dust of the earth.
But bread .... bread from heaven .... Shows me man is also spirit and the spirit needs its own substance in order to have life.
Jesus was that bread ...... And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. 1 Timothy 3:16
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:1-4
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 1 John 1:1-4
Let all know that the bread from home walked this earth in the flesh and this bread is the bread of Life offered to all humankind!
How hard it is to grasp God's Life which is so pure that the seraphims cry "....Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory." Stepped in the midst of this rotten decay of sin to once again offer unto all a hand out!
How we miss the heart beat of the Father when we look at our sinful selves .... How we miss the hand when we in selfish love take of this world .... How we miss the voice of Him when we listen to the vain imaginations that are produced by a carnal mind.
How we miss LOVE that sits upon the throne .....
And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
And I WEPT MUCH, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. Revelation 5:1-7
The Elder of heaven proclaimed with a loud voice the truth that was echoed throughout the Old Testament .... "behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed"
YES THE LION WON ....THE LION PREVAILED .... YET ..... "stood a Lamb as it had been slain"
Ohhhhhhh heavens shout was right in all its ways for the Lion of heaven was able to kill the prey upon His turf this earth. YET! In His true state of being LOVE stepped forth ... a Lamb as it had been slain!
Life for death was the exchange His for mine .... why must I as a pig go back to the filthy pen of this world thinking any Life is to be when all I see is but mud and filth. My garment is spotted with mud of past sins, I thought were pleasures ..... But at this moment they are as a knife that was raised to the Lamb neck.
Do we see the blood the Lamb that held back the roar of a Lion to die in our place to give back to us which was lost by Adam in the first place.
This new Life came with a cost what will you give in return?