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Man Created in Whose Image?

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Man Created in Whose Image

I was fortunate enough to be born into a family that taught me about God. On Sunday mornings the Kirkpatrick clan, (five children and Mom) could be seen walking on the side of U.S. Highway 167 on our way to church, about a two mile trek each way toHodgeBaptistChurch. Our Dad worked shift work at the local paper mill and did not go to church as often as we did.

I used to have a cradle roll certificate, but we moved a lot over the years and it has been lost in the shuffle. The point I am trying to make is I have been going to church on a regular basis since the year of my birth, 1937.

We grew up Southern Baptist.  There was never a question as to whether or not we would attend church; the only question was how often we would go in a week. There were two services on Sunday and prayer meeting on Wednesday night. On Wednesdays the boys were enrolled in what the Baptist called Royal Ambassadors (RA’s); girls were enrolled in GA’s (Girl’s Auxiliary).

Then there were the week long revivals as well as cottage prayer meetings. A visiting preacher usually came and preached every evening and twice on Sundays during revival time. I didn’t look forward to those revivals because my Mom always had the visiting preacher over to our house for a least one meal; which meant the children might or might not get to eat. 

You see, back in the “olden days,” children always ate last; and the amount the preacher consumed determined if we ate the meal of the day or had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

All of the above was to impress upon you, dear reader, that I attended church most of my life.  I was taught at a very young age that we were all created in God’s image and likeness.  Once I started preaching I realized that I had been misinformed, not maliciously mind you, but because no one knew any better.  The people that taught me simply taught what they had been taught and, based upon their limited knowledge of scripture, imparted what they knew. Unfortunately, what they taught and knew was wrong.

What I am attempting to do in this booklet may ruffle a few feathers, but that is not the purpose.  It is my intention to show you scripture that will help you to understand my premise, and if, after reviewing the points, you disagree with my conclusion, I can still fellowship with you.  It is sad, but many of you will not feel the same toward me. However, my purpose is not to please but to inform.

Adam Was Created in God’s Image

Look at Genesis 1:26: And God 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 every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Adam was created in the image of God, as is stated in the verse above, and also in Genesis 9:6: Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man (Underling added).

When I first began to study what this image might be, I found out some other things I had not previously known. So, are you curious as to what this image of Adam might be?

In order to find the answer, and before making a final determination, we will need to look at other passages of scripture. If we look in Mark 16, we find several women at the tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.

Mark 16:5-6: And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him(Underlining added).

These women recognized the individual in the sepulchre as being a young man. The word “saw” means not the mere act of looking, but the actual perception of the object.  In other words, this was no ghost they were seeing; this person looked like a human being, a young man. He was most likely an angel, another of God’s created beings.

Mark 16:9: Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils (Underling added).

The word “appeared,” here, is phaino in the Greek – to shine forth so as to be seen: having reference to the manner in which a matter presents or shows itself, therefore the word phenomenon.

This “young man” in Mark 16:5-6, must have had a glow about him, liken to the glow that Moses had when he came down after having received the Ten Commandments: 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 (Exodus 34:30 (Underling added)).

I believe that Adam, in creation, had a glow about him like the “young man” in Mark 16:5-6 and Moses in Exodus 34:30. I believe that Adam as well as Jesus, before He was born of His mother Mary, looked exactly the same.

But something happened to Adam’s original image, I believe that the moment Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, they became ashamed of what they had done, recognized that their body had changed, realized they had sinned, and were ashamed of the new image they had.  That is why they did what they did in Genesis 3:7: And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

What happened to Adam and Eve that caused them to be ashamed of their bodies at this point in time? Their bodies must have changed from what it was, because now they are ashamed, whereas before, they were not. So what changed?

I believe that once they ate of the forbidden fruit, (which I believe was a grape) their bodies had blood flowing through them for the very first time. How do I reach that conclusion? Simple! Look at the last half of Deuteronomy 32:14: … and thou didst drink the pure blood of the grape (Underling added).

Adam, in this altered image with blood flowing through his veins, became the first Gentile on earth. Adam, the Gentile, impregnates Eve. She conceives, first the twins Cain and Abel and later Seth, who the Bible said was created in the altered image of father Adam, and who therefore also was a Gentile (Genesis 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:) (Underling added).

Every man and woman born, from that day forward, would have this altered image, which has blood flowing through it. Also each would be a creature who inherited the sin nature of Adam. Every man and woman would also be classified as a Gentile.

So, what was the Image of Jesus?

Now I want you to look at another passage in Mark 16 where Jesus appeared to two women.

Mark 16:9: Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils (Underling added).

Mark 16:12: After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. The word “appeared” in this verse is different from verse 9. Appeared in this verse, in the Greek, is phaneroo – to bring to light, make manifest, able to see. The Greek word for another is heteros – not of the same kind.

So, we can see that when Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene, he seemed to be a phenomenon, a ghost-like figure.  But afterwards He appeared in another form, unlike the first one. Now look at the following.

Mark 16:14: Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. (Underling added).

Appeared in this verse is the same word in verse 12.

So, what do we see in the verses above? In Mark 16:9 the Lord appeared to Mary Magdalene like a shining object, or as a phenomenon.  In Mark 16:12 He appeared to both Mary and Mary Magdalene in another form or a form different than that which Mary Magdalene had seen earlier. It is clear that they saw a human look-alike image.

Now go to John chapter 20. Start by reading the 11th verse, and continue going to the end of the chapter. But we will concentrate on verse 17, where you will notice Jesus would not allow Mary to touch him: Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. However, in verse 27 He tells Thomas to touch his hands with his fingers and thrust his hand in His side.

Why do you suppose there is a different protocol for Mary than for Thomas? It is simple. Between the time Mary first saw the Lord, and the time that the Lord revealed himself to Thomas, the Lord went back to the Father without his new body being tainted by human hands.  Once He had received his glorified body, the one He had before he was born of Mary, He could allow them to touch him.

The point I want to make is that Jesus had an earthly image and a resurrected image that looked exactly like his earthly one. One had blood flowing through it. The other did not. Even though the blood that flowed through Jesus’ body was not corrupted, he had blood in His veins while on earth.  He had to shed that blood as a sacrifice for our sins and return to glory without any blood.  Since Adam’s image was altered from its original one, all those born of the seed of Adam have a body full of corruptible blood.

How can all of mankind have corruptible blood and Jesus not have it? It is simple!  God impregnated Mary, and therefore, the corruptible seed of Adam did not enter Mary’s body. So when Jesus left the earth and was glorified, his earthly blood is disposed of, and then His glorified image became incorruptible again. In like manner, our bodies will be incorruptible when we are resurrected. 

Look at 1 Corinthians 15:51-54, especially verses 51, 53-54: Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory (Underling added).

Adam, on the other hand, first had an incorruptible image, and it was corrupted when Adam ate the forbidden fruit, a grape, and blood began to flow through his veins.

I believe Adam’s image was altered from his created one into an image we recognize as being the image of modern day man.

We are created in Adam’s Image, not God’s

When Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, they sinned against God. God’s perfect creation became altered and corrupted with blood. Everyone born from that day forward has been born in sin.

Romans 3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Every child of Adam sins and falls short of God’s glory.  As a result of that sin nature, which we obtained from our many times great grand daddy Adam, we all deserve to die.

Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

But, praise God death can be averted by trusting in the finished work of Christ on Calvary.  Ephesians 2:8-9: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

FACT: We will be re-born, in the image of God when we are raptured from this earth.

Once we accept the fact that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again for our justification, we become a child of God.  However, we will not receive our glorified bodies until we leave this earth.

In the resurrection chapter of 1 Corinthians 15, it says exactly that in verse 50: Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

What does this mean? Jesus Christ had to shed His blood for the sins of this world, but He also had to shed his blood before He could receive His glorified body.

Flesh and blood can not reside in heaven.  When we get our new bodies, we will have the same image that Jesus had before He left His home in glory.

Contrary to popular belief, we are not born again the moment we trust Christ as Savior.  True, we become children of God, but we are not born again.  Rebirth occurs when we shed this body of sin flowing with blood and receive a body likened unto His resurrected body.

Yes, we are already spiritually in heavenly places, and our conversation is in heaven. But we are waiting for the day when these bodies of sin are changed.

Philippians 3:20-21: For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

1 Corinthians 15:49-50: And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption (Underlining added).

So, dear reader, after years of study I have reached the conclusion that my Mother, my Sunday School teachers, my Royal Ambassador instructors as well as a few preachers gave me wrong information about being born in the image of God.

I realize now that when I was born I was not born in the image of God, but rather in the image of fallen Adam. I now know: For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Cor. 15:22)

I know that I must die and leave this fleshly body behind.  I know that once I trusted Christ as Savior, I am already dead, buried, and resurrected with the Christ spiritually.  I believe that my spirit is in heavenly places right now.  I believe that my soul will join that spirit the moment I stop breathing and I believe my new body will join my spirit and soul when I am raptured out of this world. 

I also know that some of my fellow grace teachers do not share this opinion, but none have sufficiently refuted what I have just stated. Until they do I must teach what I believe is the truth. You, in turn, must check the scriptures to see whether these things are so.

I was misled by some very sweet saints of God concerning being born in the image of God. I do not want to mislead you. So, please check the Scriptures thoroughly before you either accept, or reject, the premises I have put before you.

We are living in the Dispensation of the Grace of God (Eph.3:2).  When you accept Christ as your Savior you become a member of the Body of Christ.  Your inheritance is a heavenly one, not an earthly one.

Christ is the head of the church the body of Christ. Colossians 1:18: And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

The body of Christ’s residence is a heavenly one;Israel’s residence is an earthly one.

We are not created in the image of God yet, but we will get that image when we are reborn at the meeting of the Lord in the air, which is commonly called the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18). For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Review

  1. Adam was created in God’s image.
  2. That image apparently had a glow that covered his body.
  3. When he and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, the glow left them and the realized they were naked and covered themselves with fig leaves.
  4. Once they ate the fruit, blood began to flow through their bodies. This blood is corruptible and because of that, we are born in sin.
  5. Adam and Eve have children and their children become the recipients of their father’s corruptible blood and his sin nature.
  6. Every human being that has been born of man and woman has inherited the corruptible blood of Adam and his sin nature.
  7. Jesus was born of Mary but God impregnated her, therefore Jesus did not have corruptible blood and therefore had no sin nature.
  8. When Jesus died and shed his blood that satisfied God’s plan for the redemption of man.
  9. But the shedding of blood also satisfied God’s requirement that flesh and blood could not enter into heaven.
  10. Jesus had to shed blood before he could return to his glorified body, which he had before coming to earth.
  11. We will not be born again until we have shed our blood.  This will happen when the body of Christ is raptured.
  12. This corruptible body of sin must “put on incorruption” before it can enter into God’s heaven.