God is spirit; angels and
mankind created in the image of God are spirits.
Spirits do not evolve; they
remain the same – never ageing.
God the Father, Son and
Holy Spirit says “let Us make man in Our image.” Genesis 1:26-27
“God is Spirit and they
that worship God must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24
The Angels too were created
in the image of God as living spirits - before the creation of mankind.
The image of God’s Son reveals
His moral character.
Jesus Christ came in the
flesh and was tempted in every way as a man and yet was without sin.
“He that sayeth he abideth
in Him ought also so to walk, even as He walked.” 1 John 2:6
“To Walk” – meaning your daily
life, the living of your life.
If I say I abide in Him I ought
to live my life “morally” like He lived His life. That’s what the New Testament
says, and His Foundational Truths support.
This walk is where God is leading
us if we are believers of God’s revelation in scripture.
The natural man is a
created spirit in the image of God without the ability to hear or know God.
A Christian is a created
spirit indwelled by the Holy Spirit of God learning to walk, through the
relationship with God, in the moral image and conduct of Jesus Christ.
The nature of our human spirit
Permanent - created by God
out of nothing into a one of a kind person, a unique permanent spiritual
being. The body can certainly age and die, but not the spirit.
Everlasting - conscious and
active – able to contemplate, reflect, make decisions and to act on those
Created spirits are
permanent, there is a beginning but there is no end to a spirits conscious
The Spirit of God is the
only Eternal Spirit for He has no beginning or end; He is the Alpha and the
There is a natural sense in
every spirit that there is no death and will live forever.
We have permanent moral
capacity, permanent power of moral choice.
Every spirit has this power
of moral choice – God, angels and man.
This power of free moral
choice is inalienable, meaning moral power is permanent and can never be taken
from a created spirit.
First – Permanent, conscious
and active existence.
Second – Permanent power of
The negative side – is that
if you possess the power to love God by choice, then you can also choose not
to love God, that decision is sin. You will never loose the power to commit
All angels and all men have
the power to commit sin and can never loose this power, nor spiritually cease
Therefore, spirits must receive
and apply God’s full provision for them to demonstrate that their power of moral
choice will be brought under positive control.
Much of today’s church
believes that when you go to heaven you loose the power to sin – loose the
power of moral choice. If God is going to remove this power from each of us,
why did He ever give it?
If someone says when we go
to heaven we won’t have moral choice (be able to sin) – they don’t realize
that for them they are frustrating and destroying their participation in God’s
The basis for God’s creative
activity is rooted in His great and eternal love and desiring to be loved in
There is no greater love
than the love that isn’t compelled to love but is free to choose to love.
Jesus Christ wasn’t
compelled to die for the sin condition and sins of mankind, He chose do die
providing an open door for the believer into eternity with God.
This was the greatest
example of true love, He asked that we to would die to self and live in the
spirit through Jesus Christ.
To love God by free choice,
not by instinctive response like His creation which hasn’t the freedom and
power of moral choice, but as the individual spirits we are – created in the
image of God.
Reciprocal – Reflective
Reciprocal means: back and
forth, give and take, I give something to you and you give something to me.
Reflective means: Light
hits a surface and it bounces back in reflection - like the moon reflects the
light of the sun, a mirror reflects what is in front of it.
Reality reflects and
reciprocates to a deeper understanding of reality.
"For the invisible things
of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen being understood by
things that are made". Romans 1:20
If we see science right,
then it will reciprocate in a reflection in the invisible things of God.
The Heavens declare the
Glory of God. If we see material reality right, we will see spiritual reality
The more we see God from
His Biblical revelation and our active faith, the more we see God as He really
is. The more we then understand this life, this world and physical reality.
If we don’t have permanent
existence and permanent power to sin – why is there and eternal hell?
There has to be a place of
disposal for humanity that persists in infecting God and His creation with the
disease of sinning.
Sinning produces every evil
and bad thing that can be experienced in God’s creation.
God must remove sinning
once and forever to have His Eternal Purpose realized in post sin for a
cleansed restored creation.
There is a terrible
infection that is destroying God’s creation, therefore out of love God must be
rid of this disease of sin.