Genesis 303
Lesson Six

 

Gen 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:

 

Today we are going to spend a little time looking at a biblical truth that very few ever talk about. Many preachers like to quote Genesis 1:26 where God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" and then say something along the lines of, "we are all God's children", or "we are in God's image", and then they try to explain their comments by saying something all the lines of "God is a triune God, and man is triune as well (body, soul, and spirit).

 

However, I believe we are no longer in God's image. If we were, then explain why in, Philippians 2:7 God says in regards to Jesus Christ, " But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men". Why, if we are still in the image and likeness of God, did God have to change and take on the "likeness" of men?

 

Also...

 

Rom_6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

Why, here in Romans, do we need to saved and baptized in the "likeness of his death", before we can be like Him when He was resurrected? If we are in God's image and likeness now, why is there a change that has to take place?

 

further...

 

1Co_15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1Co_15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

2Co_3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

Scripture is very clear that at the rapture of the Saints, we are "changed" into God's glory. If we are now still in the image and likeness of God, then why the change?

 

Now, lets look back at Genesis again...

 

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:

 

Here in this verse, God is very careful to tell us that He made man in His image and likeness.

But, in Genesis 5:3 we read that.. " Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image"

Here, God is very careful to tell us that Adam's children where in Adams "own likeness after HIS image". Something had changed. Adam was no longer in "God's image and likeness", and neither were his Children. Adam and Eve had changed. What was this change?

To understand what all these means, we will need to look at several portions of Scripture. First, lets return back to the moment they disobeyed God and sinned.

 

Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked;

 

Here is where the change took place. Here is when man ceased to be in the image and likeness of God, and became in the image and likeness of man. Here is where it all went wrong.

 

Now, lets look forward to when God restores everything back to the way it is suppose to be, and when man is once again back in the image and likeness of God...

 

Rev_7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

Rev 19:8 And to her (the bride of Christ) was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

 

From these verses and others, we learn that when the saints are "changed" and brought back into the image of God, it is always said that they are clothed with "white robes", and we also learn that this is not a physical robe, but a spiritual one... a spiritual robe of righteousness.

 

It should be noted that "God is a Spirit" (John 4:24), But yet, after His resurrection, God could walk through a wall in His resurrected body...

 

Joh 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

 

You see, God created Adam and Eve to be like Him... after His "image" and "likeness". Since God is a Spirit being, Adam and Eve were also Spirit beings.  But since God can see, hear, speak, feel, take on physical form, so could Adam and Eve. And, since God is Holy and Righteous, so was Adam and Eve. They had a physical body, but they were spirit beings. They walked and talked with God. They could think, reason, eat food, but they didn't have to either. And, they were clothed in robes of Righteousness.

To get a glimpse of this clothing, let us look at one many who had a small experience with it.

 

Exo 34:29 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. 
Exo 34:30 And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him. 
Exo 34:31 And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them. 
Exo 34:32 And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in mount Sinai. 
Exo 34:33 And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face. 
Exo 34:34 But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded. 
Exo 34:35 And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face shone: and Moses put the vail upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

 

In these verses we see that Moses is in the presents of God. As a result, his face had a glowing shine about it so bright and strong that he had to put a bag over his face to hide it while he talked to the people. This is a glimpse of what the robes of righteousness might have looked like.... a radiant, bright glow that completely covered us.... that Adam and Eve were clothed in prior to their sin, and that we will be clothed in again in heaven. Imagine Adam and Eve as spirit beings, having a physical body, but that could also move about freely, able to simply go through solid objects, perfect, holy, righteous, and clothed in this radiant glow of righteousness. Now imagine how they must have felt when they sinned, and that sin became part of them. Now, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, the robes of righteousness is gone...the spirit is dead, and all they are left with is a corrupt, mortal, decaying physical body.

 

Yes, they were changed, they were not in the image of their God and creator any more. And their children, as Genesis 5;3 tells us, were not either. They took on the corrupt likeness of their parent. Praise God that we have that blessed hope and promise that some day in the near future, God is going to restore things back to the way they are suppose to.

 

1Co 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 
1Co 15:43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 
1Co 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 
1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

Here we learn a little more of what Adam and Eve were before the fall...and what we will be after the resurrection.... Incorruptable, glorious, powerful, spiritual. Praise the Lord.
 

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