Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

In His Image and Likeness....God/Man Attributes

    

 

 

      

        In His Image and Likeness

               God/Man Attributes 

                       December 1, 2013

 

 

 

Genesis 1:26-28 NKJV

 

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

 

Image

tselem

tseh'-lem

From an unused root meaning to shade; a phantom, that is, (figuratively) illusion, resemblance; hence a representative figure, especially an idol: - image, vain shew.

 

 

Likeness

 

demûth

dem-ooth'

From H1819; resemblance; concretely model, shape; adverbially like: - fashion, like (-ness, as), manner, similitude.

 

 

We have not only been given the physical makeup of the triune God, but also the dominion power of our creator God who opened to us the door of His realms giving us access to the throne..something no other creature in Kingdom enjoys. His “sixth day” creation was made last that he may never presume that he had anything to do with creation itself, but may enjoy sonship as children of the creator.

 

 

 

 

Living in the faith realm

 

Hebrews 11:1-6 NKJV

 

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it  is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

 

Faith is the splitting of the genus and species for mankind. Every other creature in God’s creation exists under divine dominion of God’s ability to sustain existence of his creation by the power of his Word.

 

We however have been given privy to His amazing power and might and through faith we have the ability to have dominion over the earthly realms in which he has placed us.

 

Since the worlds were framed by the Word of God and we were made in his image and likeness, we also enjoy dominion in that through our mustard seed faith, we may see mountains moved. God shows us here in Hebrews that it was the way of the patriarchs of our faith and it still prevails today. There is no power shortage in heaven.

 

 

Loving unconditionally

 

Luke 15:28-32 NKJV

 

“But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him.  So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.  But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.  It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’ ”

 

In this parable of undeserved mercy and understanding, Jesus displays to us the learning curve of living as ones who received mercy who do not deserve mercy.  The story of the prodigal son reflects upon us the path of mankind and the power contained within the act of forgiveness.

 

God’s unconditional love for us is that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us...Romans 5:8. In so many ways we are all the prodigals until we fully connect with Jesus. Selfish man has no ability on his own, to rationalize unconditional love. Everything in our realms is either earned or gifted.

 

Through the blood of Jesus, we are able to see the degree of fault that God becomes colorblind and sees us, while learning the God attribute of forgiveness and love despite offense. It is only our connection to God through Jesus that makes this “likeness” to God possible.

 

 

 

 

Walking in faithfulness

 

II Timothy 2:11-13 NKJV

 

This  is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.

 

Here is the place where God is continually working on us all. Dying to self is an unpopular topic among humanity.  It requires us to possess the humility of a king and savior born into poverty through a peasant woman. It requires the brokenness of one thrown at the feet of Jesus, caught in the very act of sin...and it requires the willingness to be led by the hand of God at the pool of Bethesda without a man’s help, that we might receive our healing.

 

Faithfulness is the place of abject poverty of human will and ability...It is the address where self-reliance is abandoned and God dependence is embraced. If we died with Him, we shall also LIVE with Him.

 

God’s faithful saying here in 2 Timothy is that we understand that as creatures made in His image and likeness may never ascend past the maker. We are his sixth day creations....six....the number of a man.  But, as His faithful who fellowship in His fullness, we are the royalty, the kings and priests, (Revelation 1:6) that were given dominion over all in earthly creation.

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