by Dan Goddard
The account of creation: (Genesis 1:26-27) (2:7) (2:18-25)
Question: What is the image of God?
Answer: (Genesis 1:1) – Creative
(1:2) – A spiritual being
(1:3-4) – One who separates light from darkness
(1:5-10) – One who brings order and purpose to creation
(1:11-25) – One who creates life that can reproduce life
(1:26- 27) – A plural being, male and female in one being
** God’s purpose in separating the one being Adam into two beings: one male; the other female; was to create an attraction between them; that would continually draw them back together; to be one as they were in the beginning.
This attraction had a specific purpose:
1- To join them back together in unity of mind, emotions, spirit/heart, and body.
2- To create an interdependence between one another; like that which exists between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
3- To more fully reflect the image of God on earth.
4- To create intimate fellowship.
5- To enable them to reproduce life in the “image of God”.
(Genesis 1:28) – They were to “be fruitful and multiply”.
Today there is a great attack, by Satan, on the creation of God; and the image of God (His person, nature, and character.)
Satan’s goal is to so distort the true image of God as Father; that mankind cannot see and know who God really is.
** One of the major ways that Satan is doing this is through the gay movement. Unfortunately; much of so called Christianity has embraced the deception; and is actively spreading these lies concerning the image of God.
**This attack upon the image of God is supported by govt. media, religion, educational systems, and most aspects of influence in our society. Behind all this movement is Satan; the Father of lies. His goal is death, destruction and the bondage of Gods creation.
Satan hates God, and by extension, hates mankind who is created in the image of God.
God created us to be “fruitful and multiply” and “to have dominion over the earth”.
Satan seeks to destroy God’s creation through war, disease, pollution, and sterility.
*** If Satan can get humanity to embrace sexual perversion on a large scale; then he knows that we will be destroyed through several consequences to this sin:
1- Judgment of sin by God; such as in Sodom and Gomorrah.
2- An inability to reproduce.
3- Sexually transmitted diseases.
4- The breakup of the family unit.
** Same sex couples cannot reproduce life; nor can they reveal the image of God.
** The consequences of a child growing up with out the love and role model of a father and a mother is devastating; how much more so when they grow up with a perverted model that intentionally rejects the other sex within marriage or parenting.
Scripture reading list:
1st Corinthians 5:8-13
1st Corinthians 6:9-10
1st Corinthians 6:18-20
1st Timothy 4:1-7
2nd Timothy 4:1-4
Jude 1-8, 17-20
Before Jesus fulfilled the old covenant law of sin and death; sexual sin was punishable by death. The reason for this; was because of the devastating effect of sexual sin upon society. The Good News is that under the new covenant that Christ established with His death and resurrection; we now have full access to freedom and pardon: (Romans 8:1-2.)
We also have full access to restoration of the image of God in our lives!