In the Beginning, Created in the Image of God, Part 4

January 20, 2020 R.H. Koide
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Part 4 of this lesson speaks to the creation with Spirit of God through the Gospel of John and the Book of Job.

Creation with Spirit of God                                                                                                                

John 3:1-3; There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nic-o-de’-mus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

John 3:4-8; Nic-o-de’-mus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

John 3:9-13; Ni-co-de’-mus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

When God breathed into the nostril of Adam the breath of life, did Adam become both physically and spiritually alive?

Did God remove His breath or the Holy Spirit from dwelling within Adam? We find Adam did not die physically the day he sinned. God removed Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden to prevent them from eating of the tree of life and from living forever, physically, in the flesh. Because Adam and Eve could no longer eat the fruit from the tree of life, they started to die physically, in the flesh, and eventually turn to dust.

Job 34:14-15; If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.

Psalms 104:28-31; (What) That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good. Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth. The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in his work.

This same phenomenon happened spiritually when Adam sinned. God removed His Spirit from Adam and Eve, to prevent them from eating of the “spiritual” tree of life and live forever. We find from that day forward, they were separated from eating spiritually of God. Did Adam and Eve die spiritually or did they start to die spiritually? Was the Spirit of God removed from within Adam and Eve but still dwelt among them?

Can one live in darkness and in light at the very same moment? Can light co-exist with darkness?

We find what happens when one sins. Separated from God, no longer righteous and holy, fall short of the glory of God. From Adam until the cross every human being coming into this world was in this condition, separated from the indwelling of God’s Spirit, no longer righteous and holy did commit sin!

Because of Adam’s sin all mankind are condemned spiritually without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, spiritually dead!

Adam was not the same as first created and would continue to sin with only the flesh nature, physically, because he was spiritually dead without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

If God should remove His Spirit from dwelling within man, he would die spiritually. Therefore, in order for man to be made alive spiritually, man must be born again as he was first created by God, in the image of God, righteous and holy with the Holy Spirit dwelling within.

How could mankind once again be created in the image of God, righteous and holy? This could only happen after Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected.

John 3:14-18; And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3:19-21; And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Jesus tells  Ni-co-de’-mus, Except a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Jesus reemphasizes to Ni-co-de’-mus, Except a man be born of the water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Here we find how important it is for man to have eternal life, one must be born of God, with His Holy Spirit!

Like Ni-co-de’-mus, we want to know how the Holy Spirit enters into mankind.

Continue on to the final lesson In the Beginning, Created in the Image of God, Part 5

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