God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27
Have you ever stopped to wonder what Genesis 1:27 is referring too? In what ways do we bear the image of God? It’s quite difficult to imagine that this passage is referring to our physical appearance given the fact that each of us are born with our own individual appearance. Even identical twins usually have some unique identifying factor that separates them from their sibling. So the question that begs asking is if we were created in God’s physical image, than how is that we all look different from each other? Maybe this verse is referring to a different kind of resemblance?
To answer our question an additional passage or two will be needed. To start, let’s take a look at God’s own design, namely the Trinity.
For even if there are so-called gods whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are many gods and many lords, yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him. 1 Corinthians 8:5-6
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17
Based on these passages we can gather that God is made up of three parts in one, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Now let’s take a look at what God’s word says about our basic design.
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely, and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete. 1 Thessalonians 5:23
Based on the above scripture, one would gather that we are also made up of three parts: spirit, soul, and body. Could it be that this is the way in which we were created in God’s image? I believe so. In our discussions on spiritual warfare, it is crucial for every believer to understand this three-in-one design and how each part impacts us on the battlefield. If we don’t even understand our own design with all its weaknesses and strengths we may find ourselves “showing up to a gunfight with only a pocket knife” as my Dad used to say. Over the next few posts, we’ll discuss the different aspects of our design to better prepare you for the battleground you are facing.
Until then, glow on!