Created In The Image
by D. J. Love, Minister, TSN, SBC
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What does it mean to be "Created In The Image of YHVH?"
When the average person thinks of the word 'Image' they immediately think of something similar to a 'Mirror Image'. But when our Creator uses the word 'Image' He is talking about a 'Physical to Spiritual Parallel'. YHVH, Himself, gave us an example of what it means to be "Created in His Image" in Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 27; and Ephesians 4:15-16,25. YHVH wants us to understand that the physical body is more than just a reflected physical image of the Spiritual image. The parallels are simple to understand once we can rid our minds of the Satan (Human Nature) inspired concept of the 'Trinity'. Belief in the 'Trinity' pulls a veil over our eyes and prevents proper interpretation of the Holy Scriptures. Belief in the 'Trinity', is a false preconceived notion by trinitarian catholic and protestant translators that has caused (and causes) improper translations of the Holy Scriptures; who more than once added verses (1 John 5), and changed the pronoun 'It' to 'Him', 'His' or another variation. The 'Trinity' concept prevents us from truly understanding that "The Holy Spirit" of YHVH (an essential part of the 'Image of YHVH') is actually being symbolically reflected in the physical human nervous system, pulmonary system, and the circulatory system, as these systems links all the other parts of the physical body together.
If you haven't already clicked on the 'Trinity' link or "The Holy Spirit" of YHVH link, I recommend that you do so before reading any further.
The previously stated scriptures tells us that we, as True Believers, are members of the symbolic "Body of Messiah Y'Shua," who in turn is, also, a member of the "Spiritual Body of YHVH." Now when we look in the mirror, most of the time we only behold our 'face', but the image that the Holy Scriptures is talking about is the 'Whole Symbolic Image' of the human body; not just in outward appearance, but also, in functionality.
26 YHVH said, "Let us (symbolically) make man in our (Spiritual) image, after our (Spiritual) likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
27 YHVH (symbolically) created man in his own (Spiritual) image. In YHVH's (Spiritual) image He created him; male and female He created them.
28 YHVH blessed them. YHVH said (not verbally) to them, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
Let's analyze Genesis 1:26-28 (above). I have colored the keywords in the verses, and we will take theses keywords in the order of their appearance.
Verse 26: " Let us make man in our image."
Obviously 'Man' was made in 'Our' image, but who is the 'Our' in this verse? Well, since 'Our' is plural, and since we have already learned that 'Image' too is plural, it is not too difficult to figure out that the 'Our' are the 'Members of YHVH's Kingdom;' Who are, also, made in His Spiritual Righteousness Seeking Image. So who are these 'Members?'
2 Immediately I was in the Spirit (mental or Spiritual to physical symbolic vision). Behold, (in my mind's eye) there was a throne set in heaven, and one (YHVH) sitting on "The Throne"
3 that looked like a jasper stone and a sardius. There was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald to look at.
4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones. On the thrones were twenty-four elders sitting, dressed in white garments, with crowns of gold on their heads.
Verse 27: "YHVH created man in His own image," and In "YHVH's image he created him; male and female." Notice that the verse refers to 'male and female' as a 'him,' and not 'them.' This is because woman was made from man. However, there is more to the message than woman coming out of man. Interestingly enough there are no females or males in YHVH's kingdom; at least not in the physical sense. This physical male and female image is the equivalent of the Spiritual parallel of "Being Spiritually Fruitful." Messiah Y'Shua said that He was the vine (a husband) and that we are the branches (wife, collectively speaking), and any branch (wife) that is not fruitful (produce Children or symbolic grapes for YHVH) will be cut off and tossed into the fire (Gehenna Hell). Verse twenty-seven can only mean one thing; Heavenly HOSTS have male and female spiritual (mental characteristics) qualities, but mankind has been separated into male and female. There are no males or females in The Kingdom.
References: Matthew 22:2, 28-30; Mark 12:19-25; Revelation 19:7; Galatians 3:28; John 15:5-6;
Verse 28: "Be fruitful, and multiply" just simply reinforces what I stated about verse 27, and " Have dominion" (also in verse 26) is part of the "Reward of The Saved." This same "Reward" was given to Messiah Y'Shua. Therefore, "Dominion" a form of Spiritual Power is, also, part of the "Image of YHVH," and will be imparted to the True Believer through the power of the Holy Spirit or Holy Pneuma of YHVH. Now, how is it that the Holy Spirit or Pneuma of YHVH is an essential part of the "Image of YHVH?" Simply because it is the Holy Character or Loving Mental Attribute of YHVH that binds all "Members of YHVH's Body" into His Orderly, Loving, and Eternal Family; just exactly the same way the human nervous system, pulmonary system, and cardio-vascular system unites all members of the human body into an orderly, functional, human being with physical life.
When YHVH told us that "Life" was "In The Blood," He wasn't just giving us useless information; He was giving us another one of His many physical to Spiritual parallels, so that those with "Ears to Hear, and Eyes to See" would know what was meant by Ephesians 1:17 (below).
And this is what is meant by being created in the "Image of YHVH" or the perfect reflection of the "Image of Messiah Y'Shua," which is also "The Righteousness Seeking Image of YHVH."
17 that the Mighty "El" of our Lord Y'Shua, the Father of glory, may give to you a (Holy) Spirit of Wisdom (a mentality) and revelation in the knowledge of him;
18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might
20 which he worked in Y'Shua, when He raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at His right hand in the heavenly places,
21 far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.
22 He put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the assembly ("The Image"),
23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
4 But flesh with the life of it, the blood of it, you shall not eat.
11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that makes atonement by reason of the life.
John 6:56 (You Are What You Eat or Believe)
56 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me, and I in him.
Note: Y'Shua is not speaking of being physically consumed here, as the catholics would have you to believe of their "sun god" eucharist! He is speaking about following in his footsteps and emulating him; he was speaking about those who would save their lives will lose it, and those who would lose their lives for my sake shall save it (Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24) He is telling us that we must become "One in Spirit," which is "The Holy Spirit" or Righteousness Seeking "IMAGE" of YHVH.
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