MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD
Are we born of a father of sin, or are we made in the image of God? This note is an expansion of (some) belief on creation, and the comfort that I have found in the Word. I choose to see the world through a filter of love tinted glasses, thus I choose to see the “God” in every man and every woman.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
There is nothing in us that can create love, but the spirit of God.We love because he first loved us. John 4:19 God is love, love is God. One could argue that we have nothing but sin, but if sin were our core and our unalterable “nature” then there would be no spirit of love in us, and scripture plainly says that even the evil ones love those who love them (Matt. 5:46).
If a sinful man has the capacity to love another sinner, he then has a seed of God in him. As I choose to see it and as I have come to understand it, we all have a “God” pilot light in us, it is then up to us through our free will to fan the pilot light into a flame or to snuff it out entirely. The man who has committed his life to hatred, death, all opposite of love has committed themselves to sin and scripture says that the wages of sin is death. Ever thought you saw a “dead man walking”? These people live only by a flicker, and it is only by God’s grace that this flicker does not go out entirely.
Love than is GOD, we than all have GOD, we could not have ‘zoe’ life without Him. What we may or may not have is a life eternal in Him. The call today isn’t unto salvation (for I assume that my readers have Bibles at the ready and have confessed Christ as their Lord and Savior), the call is then to how are we living?
Have we ignored the flame of God or are we adding strength and wood to the flame? What is “the wood of God?” The WORD of God! Reading your Bible feeds your knowledge of scripture and as you become more knowledgeable about how you are to live your life according to Christ and His precepts, you are adding kindling upon kindling and the flame gets bigger and bigger, and the “air” or sin that is in you (the sin has no substance and so I define it as air) begins to fade to where your end up becoming more spirit and fire, than just hot air.
This is our desire, this is our aim as Christians. To have feed the pilot light in us all, to the point that we begin to radiate white hot heat.
I will never in a million years be convinced that anyone else’s pilot Light BUT God’s, Jehovah, Yahweh, is in us and that the same Light that was lit in Jesus of Nazareth, our Savior is in us. He was love personified. He was God in the flesh and His white hot radiant light overcame the grave!
Here are some encouraging scriptures to help you in your journey from darkness to light, to feed the fire of God that is in you:
“For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Cor 2:16
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Eph 4:22-24
No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. 1 John 3:9
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5
A prayer for today,
Father God, some believe that they are nothing, from nothing, and therefore can not contribute anything. Your Word says that the seed of God is in us, that it has remained in those of us that follow You, and in those that do not follow You have a price to pay and that is death. Not just “death’ but FINAL death, the death of the pilot light in us. In which we no longer exist whatsoever in any form, tormented to and bond to the devil. We choose who we serve and we choose You Lord. The god of this world is not alluring to us. You are OUR SOURCE and it is in You that we can overcome. We were made in the IMAGE of YOU, BY YOU, FOR YOU and live IN YOU. Let your Light shine through us! Let us become more of You and less hot air! In Your Son Jesus’ Name AMEN!
May God bless you today as you begin to see yourself in the Light of Christ and shed the old man!
Yes we were born with a pilot light of God, but our eternal salvation is what we must be “born again” into. Eternal salvation is not a given, but it is a gift. A gift to those who confess Christ as their Lord and Savior (Romans 10:10)
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