Image & Likeness
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Gen. 1:26
‘Image’ in Hebrew means: an outline or representation of an original, as a shadow is the outline of the original.
In other words: A man as a shadow is so connected to the above, that he is a replica of that source and flow of that source.
‘Likeness’ in Hebrew means: to resemble, to be like, compare, imagine, think, intend. In fact the Hebrew letters as a pictograph, the principle way of understanding a Hebrew word depict a door and water,
which can represent any kind of liquid including blood. Therefore this word represents the idea of being of the same blood and moving back an forth. In Hebrew thinking s son from the blood of his father resembles his father.
The intent of the Trinity was to create a being who would resemble them. This was God’s intent, this was his original thought about man. You are His original thought! Not so much in the body you were given but in the way you express Him through your body and experience Him in your spirit and soul (mind and emotions.)
Man is truly God-like. The Trinity have invested themselves in you and me. When God finally revealed to mankind the original, the blueprint, of how He had originally designed man to be, able to commune fully with Him, to enjoy Him to be united with Him in love and innocence, He sent Jesus.
Man was to be God’s favourite dwelling place. A seamless union with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, able to flow in the romance of the Triunity that has been going on since before time began. Each man and woman is a distinct entity in themselves fully engaged and manifesting the uniqueness of union with the Triunity.
Love cannot exist in isolation, alone, because the very essence of love is to give and share. Love is dynamic, moving, releasing, love can never be self-contained or self-centred, it is all-embracing, inclusive. Real love never fails, can never be diluted; it totally mesmerises those who have the capacity to receive, wallow, give back, live in and be totally immersed in it. A warm, runny honey, sticky, love that flows out of the womb of the romance that is going on in the Trinity.
Who has this capacity?
You have this capacity.
You are a love being, designed and created to a specific prototype, that of Jesus himself.
God occupied Himself with the thought of you as a being that He could pour Himself into, thus you are born out of love, to emanate love. The world, this physical creation, this arena of time and space was what God gave his attention to. He did not give time and space to anything else, so it became the bridal chamber where this mystical union between God and man would be unfolded, revealed and lived out for ages to come. A marriage made in heaven!
You are not just the product of your parents. You began In Him before the fall or foundation of the world. Eph.1:4.
‘Long before He laid down earth's foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love.’ (Message Bible)
‘He associated us in Christ before the fall of the world! Jesus is God’s mind made up about us! He always knew in his love that He would present us again face to face before him in blameless innocence.‘
(The Mirror Bible)