Mankind s Making, Unmaking and Repair

In Genesis 1:27 we read 'So God createdmanin his own image,in the image of Godhe created him; male and femalehe created them.'

This statement has important significance in our understanding of the term 'image of God' for it is my understanding that 'mankind' only truly reflects Gods image in both male and female genders. One without the other does not portray the true image of God. Without wanting to be seen as 'sexist' my understanding is that Eve reflects the soul side of God, the 'feeling' side for her sympathies tended to be more with Gods created creatures. Because of this the serpent approached Eve first for the serpent knew that he had a more sympathetic ear from Eve. Whereas Adam reflects the more 'kingly' side, the spirit aspect. Together male and female are the likeness of God. Not that one is inferior or superior to the other but both stand in a different relation to the world and God saw all that he had made and it was good

I believe that God create Adam and Eve in perfect harmony within themselves, each other and God their creator in Love and trust. God the Father, Jesus the word, and the Holy Spirit in holy perfect harmony created the earth and heavens with the climax the creation of Adam & Eve. The trinity, three in one. So to was mankind created three in one – spirit, soul and body. Like the God head, Adam & Eve's spirit, soul and body were three in one – operating in perfect harmony.

Harmony and peace bound up in love and trust was the order of the first parents in the garden; speaking to their creator in the cool of the evening. In creating mankind God intended Adam & Eve by a series of moral choices to grow further into the likeness of the triune God head. But as we are aware this did not happen for Eve was deceived while Adam sinned with his eyes open in a deliberate act of covetousness in that he lusted after the power that God his creator possessed.

In doing so Adam introduced what Paul calls the'body of sin' into the world with Satan as its head. This 'body of sin' stands over against the 'body of Christ.' Hence forth from that moment our spiritual DNA has been damaged and the perfect harmony which existed before was destroyed, replace by toil, sorrow and as the preacher says – all is vanity.

Adam & Eve were banished from the garden in fear and shame while God placed an angel with a flaming sword to guard the entrance to the garden and the tree of life, for if Adam had found his way back again as a fallen being, he would have become an incarnate devil and the same havoc that the heavens experienced when Lucifer fall would have occurred on earth. God could not allow that possibility.

In Romans 5:12 we read – 'Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man,and death through sin,and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.'

Death has reigned over us ever since, for in that day we all died and we all have been born into the ;body of sin' carrying in us the 'carnal mind.' The carnal mind is enmity against God for in that day that sin entered there was established a gulf between Gods creation and God himself, that neither man nor God could bridge or satisfy.

But not only was a huge gulf established but the perfect harmony between man and women was broken along with the harmony and balance of the individuals spirit, soul and body. Spirit being the breath that God breathed into mankind, Body as the elements of the earth, while Soul being the manifestation of the spirit through the body - the soul holds the spirit and the body together. Hence Gods plan was for mans spirit to mould his body, and the soul was the medium the spirit used to express itself. Because of the fall these three do not operate in harmony and balance as created.

Because of the fall and mankind's rebellion from God, man himself has tried to repair this triune harmony that God established. The Bible calls these endeavours as the sensual way, the drunkenness way and the satanic way. But only the Holy Spirit can repair what sin has torn asunder, through the death on Calvary and no other pathway will accomplish what the blood of Jesus has achieved.

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspringand hers;he will crushyour head,and you will strike his heel.

Gods sanctified children are bruising the heel of Satan and enabling the weakening of the 'body of sin' until at the final 'wind up' of everything when the 'body of sin' and the devil will be destroyed and perfect harmony of love and trust will again prevail.

As it was in the beginning so shall it be at the end.

I am the Alpha and the Omega,the First and the Last,the Beginning and the End. Rev. 22

K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

[quote]Without wanting to be seen as 'sexist' my understanding is that Eve reflects the soul side of God, the 'feeling' side for her sympathies tended to be more with Gods created creatures. Because of this the serpent approached Eve first for the serpent knew that he had a more sympathetic ear from Eve. Whereas Adam reflects the more 'kingly' side, the spirit aspect. Together male and female are the likeness of God. Not that one is inferior or superior to the other but both stand in a different relation to the world and God saw all that he had made and it was good.[/quote]

That's not sexist. What you speak of the truth and society's denial of this causes a great deal of trouble and frustration. I am glad that my husband and I learned this very early on. It is not right or wrong, we complement one another. He needs my "feelings" and I need his, shall I say, cool, calm and objective level-headedness? I once heard him tell another man that a man needs the input of his wife so that he can see the whole picture and I believe the reverse is true.

Unfortunately, our concept of what a man or woman should be is often stereotypes of what society says we should be. To tell you the truth, I do not know any women who are little fluffy, helpless, delicate creatures who do not have an original thought in their head. Perhaps there are some and maybe even more who will behave like they are if they think they can get something out of it but personally, I do not know a single one. The women I know are resourceful and strong individuals who well... can transform a house into a home by simply stepping into the room and I am not talking about their decoration skills or in my case, lack of. . Throughout history they have resolutely stood by their husband's side through many storms earning the name of "helpmeet". Personally, I do not know what you men would do without us and... I do not know what we would do without you! God knew exactly what men and women needed. They needed each other.

Blessings!

K :princess:

Barbra Lambert @enje25 ·

[quote]... my understanding is that Eve reflects the soul side of God, the 'feeling' side for her sympathies tended to be more with Gods created creatures. Because of this the serpent approached Eve first for the serpent knew that he had a more sympathetic ear from Eve. Whereas Adam reflects the more 'kingly' side, the spirit aspect. Together male and female are the likeness of God. Not that one is inferior or superior to the other but both stand in a different relation to the world and God saw all that he had made and it was good.[/quote]

What an enlightening perception, wmj!--and it makes perfect sense: the female gender being representative of God's 'feeling side,' and the male gender being representative of God's more "kingly side." Yes!

Blessings always...

-enje

Joyce Bethy Ferguson @bethy ·

I completely agree