Created in His Image, Part 3
God wants us to understand what it means to be created in His image. We understand that the God-head is comprised of three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The triune nature of man is a reflection (or an image) of the triune God. Man, a triune being, is a spirit, has a soul, and lives in an earthly body. Jesus is described as the brightness of God’s glory and the expressed image of God’s person in Hebrews 1:3, which makes Jesus the body. Just as the Father and the Holy Spirit are invisible to human eyes, so are the soul and spirit of humans. Yet, they are definitely connected.
When man sinned, the communion with God was broken. The Holy Spirit’s presence was not experienced as before. The spirit of man died. When the Holy Spirit left Adam, Adam’s image changed. And all humans born afterward were born into the image of Adam. We see this with Seth’s birth in Genesis 5:3. See also Leviticus 17:1, 11. We are not born in the image and likeness of God. We are born in the fallen image of Adam. That’s why every man, woman, boy, and girl, need to be born again. We are born with body, soul, and human spirit. That’s why we must be born again, with the life-giving Spirit of the breath God. (See 1 John 5:1.) For more insight, listen to this message delivered by Dr. Dowdy on October 4, 2020.
Genesis 1:26 NKJV
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Special Scriptures: The service has been separated into three parts. We encourage you to feast on this three course meal!
Foundation Scripture for LOJWC Ministry:
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” Mark 11:23
What We Believe:
We believe in God, the Father, Almighty, and in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. On the third day he rose again according to Scripture. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father, from whence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the God-head, who revealed himself on the day of Pentecost. We believe in the gifts of the Spirit and their continuous operation in the body of Christ. And we believe in one holy, universal, and apostolic church. Amen.
We conduct spiritual warfare. It begins with us as we speak God’s word and speak to our bodies, minds, and emotions. Therefore we make a faith confession which says: “Satan, in the Name of Jesus, I declare this body a sickness-disease-free zone. Every germ, virus, bacterium, etc., that touches this body dies instantly in the name of Jesus, who bore my sicknesses, carried my diseases, and by whose stripes I have been healed. Therefore I command life into every cell in this body, I receive healing for my emotions from every past embedded hurtful, fearful memory. I speak active deliverance from the law of sin and death, according to the finished works of Jesus the Christ, the anointed and His anointing.”
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