By: Mensah Timothy Vincent
This teachings covers mostly the beginning of the Book of Genesis and it’s my prayer the Lord uses it to enlighten our idea on His Word.
God is God. He knows all that the future entails. In this work, we shall know:
* whether God created man in His image & Likeness?
* Did the Devil lie when he told man that he wouldn’t die but shall be like God after taking in the forbidden fruit?
* How “World” appeared in the Bible
* why God sent man from the garden of Eden.
“LORD, we thank you for such a moment. You purposed for us to study the truth at this point. Let every seed you have ordained for us today be planted deep in us for the betterment of your CHURCH & KINGDOM. Amen”
After God has created everything necessary for man’s comfort in living on earth, He said, “Let us make man in Our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over evry creeping that creepeth upon the earth.” (Gen. 1:26)
The above verse carries two (2) main keys of God’s intention for man. That, He would create man in His:
But in Gen. 1:27 “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created him; male and female created he them.”
The question is, “did God create man in His likeness?” Read the verse again. Yet, God is God. He never fails in what He says, but how come He said in verse 26 to create man in His image & likeness but created man in only His image? Did He fail? NO! He did not fail and can never fails and will never fails. He knows the best for us in all situations. The Bible says His plans for us is not that of evil but of good. “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11). He knew His image will be sufficient for man at that moment.
Let’s always have in mind that whatever God plans the opposes, and plans to destroy. In chapter 3 of Genesis, we can clearly see the devil came in to spoil the intention of God for man. Whenever he (the Devil) comes in our situations, he comes with TRUTH & LIE. Let’s see…
“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto woman, has God said you shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, Neither should you touch it, lest you die. And the serpent said unto woman, You shall not surely die: For God knows that in the day you eat, your eyes shall open and you shall be in His likeness, knowing Good and Evil.”
These are the main elements the Devil mentioned to the woman:
A) you shall not die (LIE)
B) you shall be in God’s likeness, knowing good and evil. (TRUTH)
Why is point “A” a lie?
Genesis 6:3 “And the LORD said, ‘my spirit shall not always strive (abide) with man, for that he will be flesh: yet his days shall be “decreased” to 120 years”
The death in the verse represented:
* Spiritual death (man’s relation to God was no longer active)
* Physical death (Everlasting life is taken from man)
The Bible says, “…the Spirit of God gives life…” – Romans 8:10. So what happens if God takes His Spirit? Eternity is taken and the life span decreases because it is the Spirit of God that give Eternal life or long life. As well as our connectivity with God.
Why is point “B” the truth?
Genesis 3:22 “And God said, behold, man has become LIKE us, to know good & evil” – God said this after amn has obeyed the devil, by taking in the forbidden fruit. God made it known at this point that man has the LIKENESS of Him. So we understand that it was after man disobeyed God that he became like God (or had the likeness of God).
The devil lied to man using what God didn’t give to them in the beginning (God’s likeness). This means, whenever the devil comes to us, he deceives with something perculiar. Although it was the truth than man would be in the likeness of God after taking the forbidden fruit but it was ILLEGAL. God’s time is always the BEST. Remember, the devil always comes to deceive with the TRUTH & LIE.
God is all knowing and knew very well man would be tempted but all He wanted to see was man overcoming the Devil but man failed. God in His own wisdom had a particular time He would have added the LIKENESS “legally”.
Let’s not forget man was made the Head of the Earth right from the time God thought of creating him (Gen. 1:26). Let’s also remember God created the Heavens & Earth – the Universe and not the World. The word “World” in this work represent the Kingdom of the Devil of which he is the prince. The world appeared in the Bible after man handed his position as the Head of creation on the Earth to Lucifer – the devil. How did that happen? Visit Romans 6:16, it makes us aware that we become slaves to the one we obey. So exactly when man obeyed the Devil, he handed his position to the Devil. This made the devil the prince of the world – and he started ruling.
After Adam & Eve ate the fruit of the forbidden tree, the achieved the likeness of God ILLEGALLY. But they lost eternity – it was like a give and take. They gave out their eternity and took the illegal likeness of God. Whenever the devil comes to us, he comes purposely to steal our precious treasures that the Lord as given unto us through deceiving us with his “clay covered with golden colour”
The tree of life was also available in the Garden of Eden. Man would have been as God (to live forever and have the likeness of God) if they are the tree of life as well after eating of the forbidden tree. The forbidden tree gave them THE LIKENESS OF GOD, the tree of life would have given them ETERNAL LIFE. Therefore, ETERNAL LIFE + LIKENESS OF GOD would make as God (to live forever and have the likeness of God). Confirm this from Genesis 3:22 “And God said, man has become like us, to know good and evil: now, he must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and live forever.” When you continue the chapter, you will notice God sent man away from Garden of Eden. God was “afraid” man have another illegal way to eat from the tree of life because He knew they would be as He is after taking that too. So what did God do? Genesis 3:23-24 “Therefore the Lord sent man away from the Garden of Eden to till the ground. So He drove them out, and he placed at the east of the Garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life.” He guarded the way to the tree of life after sending them away. Why? Why did He place at the east of the garden Cherubims and a flaming sword which turned every way to keed the way of the tree of life? Just because He knew man would be as He is. God didn’t send man away because they sinned but because he wanted to prevent man from eating from the tree of life which would make man to gain ETERNITY + HIS LIKENESS.
Have in mind Genesis 5:1 mentioned that man was created in the LIKENESS of God. But what does that mean. Words in the Bible can be used in many interchangeable ways. Example, God loved the WORLD in John 3:16 yet hated the WORLD in James 4. What is the difference? The WORLD in John 3:16 represents THE FALLEN MAN and the WORLD in James represent SIN. That is the same way man was created in the LIKENESS of God but what is that likeness? It means, man was created in the likeness of God concerning God’s IMAGE but was not created in the likeness of God concerning God’s NATURE. The nature of God makes one to differentiate GOOD & BAD. That is why Ephesians 4:22 says “we should put off the old nature which was gotten through deceitful desire”. The “deceitful” simply give us the idea that man was deceived and the “desire” means man desired to be like God. Ephesians 4:24 says, “we should put on the new nature which is after God’s likeness in true righteousness and holiness.” This means, the old nature which was although the likeness of God was illegal therefore unrighteous and unholy. And the new nature which is after the likeness of God is legal, therefore in righteousness and holiness. It is only through Jesus we can gain this.
the Lord killed a lamb in the Garden of Eden and clothed them with he skin to represent the sacrifice that He will come to do for man. The devil made man to loose the Spirit of God and the tree of life. But the Lord has blessed us now with these elements. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life” – John 3:16, this verse presents Jesus as the TREE OF LIFE. Why? Because the tree of life gives ETERNAL LIFE and Jesus also came into the world to give ETERNAL LIFE. The Spirit God took from man in Genesis 6:3 was given back to man in Acts 2:17. He has poured down His Spirit upon man once again.
* We have no excuse if we don’t live according to the standard Christ demands from us in this generation. Let’s be mindful of all our decisions and the things we do as well. May the Lord help us all to live a life full of Him in OBEDIENCE.
* Let’s always be vigilant in this life because the Devil is always around to deceive us (especially those in the church life). The Lord loves us so much, let’s also meet Him with love.
* He loves those who loves Him (Proverbs 8:17). The only way we can love Him back is to obey His commandments. Jesus said, “if you love me, keep my commandments”.
* Let’s draw more close to God and depart from sin. How can this be done? By reading the Word and Prayinf with the Word. The Lord needs no man to perish, He needs us all in His Kingdom.
NEXT TO COME:
* YOU ARE CHOSEN.
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