In God’s Image we are Created. Has your spirit ever ‘sat’? The Throne…. The Essence of God Sit?
The Essence that Created ALL seen and unseen, Amen.
‘Time’? I laugh! ‘Time’ ceases to exist in The Presence of God…
God created Wo(Man) in His own image, but isn’t God Spirit (John 4:24)? Yes, but the image God is speaking about is not a physical resemblance but a spiritual one.
Mankind can choose, they have free will, they can make decisions that are good and godly. Mankind can think, ponder, plan, decide, and act totally outside of anyone else’s will, so mankind is unlike any other creature God has ever created. He has a conscience. That makes them special, and in the beginning, they had fellowship with God, and God walked with them (Gen 3:8)…until Eve was deceived and took of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and her other half from whom she was Created, Adam was not guiltless. He knew God forbade the ‘eating’ of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, but ate of it anyway. He was standing right alongside Eve and said nothing at all, so he has no excuse. Eve was deceived. Adam, not so! Anyway, in the beginning, Man fellowshipped with The Essence of God.
After (Wo)Man was unclean, (Wo)Man was set out from The Presence of God… And The LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of Us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” So The Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.
To speak about God is a dangerous venture. On the one hand, the Bible warns us that God is beyond our comprehension. As Elihu explains to Job, “Surely God is great, and we do not know him” (Job 36:26a). Or David exclaims, “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable” (Ps. 145:3). The Lord tells Isaiah, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:9). Paul tells the Romans, “O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” (Rom. 11:33), and he tells Timothy that God is “the King of kings and Lord of lords” who alone “has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see” (1 Tim. 6:16). God is immortal; we are mortal (e.g., 1 Tim. 1:17, 6:16). God is eternal; we are limited (Gen. 21:33). God is all mighty or all powerful; we are limited in power (Job 36:5, Jer. 32:17, 1 Chron. 29:11–12, 2 Chron. 20:6). God is all loving; we love only partially (1 John 4:8–16). God is all grace; we offer grace only partially (Exod. 34:6–7). God is all just; we are just only partially (Exod. 34:6–7, Deut. 32:4). God is creator of all; we only subcreate (Isa. 44:24, Jer. 32:17). God deserves an exclusive love; we love in a limited way (Exod. 20:5–6, 34:14). God is always compassionate; we are compassionate sometimes. God is always holy; we are holy sometimes (Lev. 19:2). Nevertheless, we have been created in God’s image as beings who are relational and have dominion or power over the earth (Gen. 1:26–28). We have been created with the ability to speak and to symbolize.
When it comes to God’s gender, we can find a variety of perspectives. For some, God is male or masculine, and this view then seems to affect the self-understanding of males and females. For example, one scholar concludes that, if we agree that, for the most part, “God chooses to relate himself to us as masculine,” then we must have God the Father as “the controlling symbol” in worship, and, while the Bible allows women to be in leadership positions in ministry, husbands should normally have precedence in authority in the home. Thirty years ago, another author wrote, “The father is the head of the household; consequently, his wife must submit herself to him and reverence him (Eph. 5:22–24, 33). It is the husband’s headship and the wife’s submission that makes it necessary to address God as Father, not Mother.” A professor used a similar argument in 2009: “The First Person of the Godhead chooses to name himself ‘Father’ (and not ‘Mother’) to indicate the respect and honor that is due him, as he anticipates in the created order the role that he will give to earthly fathers as the leaders or the heads of their homes.” If God is male, is the male god?
For others, God may be viewed as female or feminine, and this view seems then to affect the self-understanding of females and males. For example, one asks, “Is it okay to call God Mother? It is not only okay but it is just and holy, righteous and necessary. Now is the time to break the conspiracy of silence about the feminine face of God.” Why? One reason is that “the abortion of the feminine from our language about God is the foundation of the war against women within the church.” If God is female, is the female god?