Made In The Image Of God

id-picture-of-man1God is a three-part person, one God of three inseparable, yet distinct parts.  We are made in God’s image, we look like Him, and that image encompasses the trinity. (Gen. 1: 26-27; Gen 5:1; Gen. 9:6).  It might be that we are unique, as are other heavenly creatures and it may be that the human distinction is being a three-part being. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Ps. 139:13-16).

We do not always perceive ourselves either created in God’s image nor as having three inseparable parts.  The scripture says it was God’s idea and that He made us for fellowship with Him. (1 John 1:3; 1 Cor. 1:9).  God is jealous in His longing for us.(James 4:5). Like God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we have a Soul, Body and Spirit.  God has described Himself to us in three united persons; Yeshua replied to Philip, “How can you say ‘Show us the Father’, whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14: 9-11).  Do we realize that our fellow-man is created a Soul and Spirit being as well as a bodily person.  What if we communicated on a Spiritual plane and Soul plane as well as a physical one.  Is this part of what the psychologist and marketer’s observe and describe when they say that communication via spoken words amounts to only seven percent of our total message.  Is it a spiritual composition that reaches from one Spirit to another or a language of the soul that touches the soul of another?

In our fallen natural state what is the condition of our unseen or unperceived parts?  If there are defects in our bodies of varying extents, are they similarly observed in our unseen persons?  People are sometimes born with physical disabilities, such as missing a limb.  It may be that a person was born with a disability in their Soul or Spirit.  My wife and I see physicians in the same practice group; there was a particular Nurse practitioner we both saw occasionally.  She was very pretty, but we each noticed that her personality was seemingly nonexistent.  If we could see with truth and fully, it may very well be that the beauty of the physical features may pale in the beauty of a particular persons soul or Spirit. Our perception is very limited, most acutely regarding the inner person, yet the “Heart” or “Soul” of a person is fully acknowledged in literature and the arts.  In Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol”, the ghost of Charles Marley describes how Scrooge had bound up and disabled his own spirit during his life.  The Bible says the word of God is able to divide or discern between the soul and spirit of a man. (Heb. 4:12).

We were created to have God’s Spirit, but in the fall He departed.  Through the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, the Holy Spirit is given to those who believe and are new creations in Yeshua Messiah. (Col. 3: 10; Acts 15:8).  When we depart this world our spirit and soul will be more obvious and we will be given new heavenly bodies.  This is why God calls us His children, we reflect Him as He is in us. (1 Cor. 15:49; 2 Cor. 3: 18).  I believe we will reflect Him in His three person wholeness.  All infirmities or disabilities in any of our three persons will be made new in heaven.  We will take our places of service in the Kingdom of God, among the angels, cherubim, seraphim, four living creatures, twenty-four Elders, and other heavenly beings, as God’s children. (Matt. 13:43; Rev. 11: 16; Rev. 5: 10-14).

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