Do you believe that we are all created in the image and likeness of God? I would like to share a story with you.
The Bible teaches us, that in the beginning, when God created man, He created him in the image and likeness of Himself… Genesis 1:26 – “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”
Do you know what that means? The “image of God” is that God is a Spirit, so Adam was created with the “Holy Spirit of God” living in Him. The “likeness of God” is that Adam had the physical appearance of God, if God were a man. He had a head, two arms and legs, a torso, etc…
God then took His creation, and place him in a Garden, with every provision that he would ever need to live… Genesis 2:8-9 – 8 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
There were benefits to being God’s creation… Genesis 2:16 – “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:”
But there were consequences to disobeying God… Genesis 2:17 – “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
When God says “surely die,” He meant it. After God created Eve from Adam, they both ate of the forbidden tree, and as God has promised, they “surely died.” Immediately they died “spiritually” – the Holy Spirit of God immediately left them “dead in their trespasses and sins.” Eventually they died “physically.” Romans 5:12 – “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”
So, May I Ask You a Question? Have we piqued your curiosity a little? If so, that’s GREAT! and we have so much more we’d like to share with you …
Can you spare an hour and a half to learn more about the Grace and Truth Church body and what we believe? We are a phone call away (816.229.1611), and will be waiting with a welcoming smile and open arms to greet you on any Sunday morning or Wednesday evening.