The Kingdom and the Spirit-man

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead.”    (Romans 1:20)

God created man from “the dust of the earth.” (Genesis 2:7)  This implies that God took something in the physical realm and created a life with it.  This was the created “likeness” of a physical body. Scripture states that God said, “Let us make man in our image; according to our likeness…” (Genesis 1:26).  God said that He would create man “according to His likeness.”  The Hebrew word for likeness is the word “demut.”  It is best translated “resemblance.” (1)  It is the word that Ezekiel most often used to describe the theophonic appearances of God. (Ezekiel 1:26)  The implication here is that we look like our Daddy.  He formed us into a physical being in the physical realm.  This likeness is the physical body.  God created the earth as a physical realm and He created the physical body of man to function in this realm as being representational of Him and His actual appearance. (That being the pre-incarnate appearances of Messiah).

The Bible also says that “God is Spirit.” (John 4:24)  He operates in the invisible realm of the spirit.  God desired that a representative of Him be placed in the physical realm to “have authority over it.” (Genesis 1:28)  However, only a physical body is not enough to be representational of God.  In Genesis we read, “He blew into his nostrils the ‘breath of life’ and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7)  When God said that He would create man, “in His Image”, He was creating a spiritual being with a physical body.  The Hebrew word for image, is the word “zelem.”  It is most often translated “idol”, and it means “the image as a representation of diety.” (2) This means that man bears a physical and spiritual representation of God.  In fact, Romans 1:20 declares that, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead.”  His invisible attributes are clearly seen the physical realm by the creation of human beings as His image-bearers representing Him, in the physical realm, as He is, is the spiritual realm.  As it is written, “As He is, so are we in this world.” (I John 4:17)

The spirit man inside of us influences us toward holiness.  The spirit man is in contact with the Holy Spirit and then communicates to the soul the mind and will of God.  The soul is the center of emotion, will, desire, thought, and the free will.  The soul is capable of exercising the free will toward obedience toward God.  The Apostle Paul prays that we would be “strengthened with might through His Spirit in our inner man” (Ephesians 3:16) because Paul knew that a strong spirit man would move the soul and the physical body towards holiness.  John G. Lake wrote, “The real Christian, whose being is attuned with God and in whose consciousness the Christ-life is a divine reality, knows that the life of the spirit of man in contact with the Spirit of God supersedes every other endeavor to harmonize the nature of man and God…” (3)

Endnotes

1.  Harris, Laird; Archer, Gleason; Waltke, Bruce; Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament.  Chicago, IL, Moody Publishers, 1980.  Page 192.

2.  Ibid, page 1923.

3.  Liardon, Roberts, John G. Lake, The Complete Collection of His Life Teachings, Albury Publishing Co, Tulsa, OK 1999, page 870.

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