In the beginning, God created everything and He made man (Genesis 1:26). God made man in His image and in His likeness. Now it is important to note the wording; “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
God spoke to someone else when He said, ‘let us make man…’; the question is, who did He speak to. Throughout scripture, when we read about the description of angelic beings, we note that they don’t look like us. Some have animal bodies, other animal faces, some wings and some were created with gems and precious metals in them. None look like us, although when physically manifested, they do take on appearances of human nature. So who was God speaking to then?
We find our answer in the book of John chapter 1 from verse 1 to 6; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” And then we read in John 1:14 that ‘the Word became flesh, and dwelth among us…’ Important to notice, Word of God Who is also referred to us the Holy Spirit was with God in the beginning. And notice in verse 14, that it is the Word Who was made flesh, Who is Jesus.
So then, if the Word was with God in the beginning and the Word was made flesh, then this answers us on who God spoke to when He made man – God spoke to the Holy Spirit and to Jesus. Digging deeper, we need to look at ourselves and understand how God made us. Yes, man was made by God’s Word, but he was also formed from the dust; and God breath the breath of life into him. Man is a spirit, he has a soul and he lives in a body. So to does God have a Spirit, Who is the Holy Spirit; He can be related to as the Soul of the deity and He embodies the flesh, Who is Jesus.
Now, we making a remarkable discovery here which will enable us to understand ourselves more clearly. Coming back to the beginning on how God made man; man was a spirit, because we read later that God made man’s body in Genesis chapter 2. When God created man in chapter 1, he was not yet a physical being; however, it is clear that He did exist, because God said in verse 27 and 28; “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them…” But it becomes more clear in chapter 2 and verse 7; “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
Are you starting to get the picture now. Man only became a living and physical being when God took the dust of the ground and breathed it into the man’s nostrils. Here is were many people become confused. How is it that if man was a spirit, that he had nostrils? Simple, the spirit of man looks the same as the flesh. He has eyes and ears, arms and legs, and he has nostrils…
What I want to point out here is the process in which God made man. He was a spirit and God took the dust, which formed the flesh, and breathed it into man’s nostrils. The breath of life here refers to the Holy Spirit. We read in Romans 8:11 that the Spirit quickened Jesus’ flesh when He was raised from the dead. The same Holy spirit in the beginning quickened man’s body and gave it life. So then, we are made in the image and likeness of God. We are spirit, who has a souls and lives in a body, just as God is God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, and God the Son – Jesus – three individuals yet are one!
We’ve been fashioned not only to look like God, but also to have His nature. We walk not by sight, but by faith. The Christian life is a life of faith, and faith pleases God. The Word of God is to do – we are to put the Word to work. In general, Christians are lazy and it ought not to be the case. Instead of asking God to do all the time, we need to study the Word of God and put it to practice. Our lives as Christians is to praise and worship God, interceding for people and live the Word to glorify God.
Therefore, ‘we must not be conformed to this world, but renew our minds, that we may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.’ (Romans 12:2).
You have been uniquely fashioned after God’s own likeness to be an expression of His image. A peculiar being set aprt for God’s glory, so that when the world looks at you, God is glorified through what they see. You are a product of God’s own handiwork, imparted with the in dwelling of God’s very own Spirit – and a father’s love is reflected in His children’s eyes. No wonder God says about us through David: ‘Ye are gods little children’ (Ps.82:6). Born into a kingly lineage to be a king in this world, with authority to rule over our Father’s creation. O what a wonderful God we serve!