Spiritual Living – In His Image

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“For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” Romans 6:4

God created man in His image. “So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27) Adam was created to be like his Maker God. But Satan persuaded him that he must do something to become like God. He must achieve that likeness by deciding and acting for himself. Through this choice Adam rejected the grace of God, choosing his own action. He wanted to unravel the mystery of his being for himself. That was the fall of man, Adam became as God in his own way. Now that he had made himself god, he no longer had a God. He ruled in solitude as a creator-god in a God-forsaken world. With the loss of the God-like nature God has given him, man had forfeited the destiny of his being. Here lies the paradox of human nature and the source of all woe. The dependents of Adam in their pride have striven to recover the divine image by their own efforts. The more serious and devoted their attempt to regain the lost image and the prouder and convincing of their apparent success, the greater their contradiction to God. In their effort to be more like a god, they grew more like the image of Satan, though they were unaware of it. The divine image which God in His grace had given to man is lost forever on the earth. This is why God gave us His Son so that we could have someone to follow to reclaim our image that God wanted from the beginning. Unless we are following God, we are following Satan. There is no in the middle. Satan wants us to think that we can do anything without God. He wants us to strive to be better without God. We need to realize that without God we can do nothing.

Today’s Bible Reading: Galatians 5:1-10

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