God created man after His own image and likeness and gave them complete authority...
What does that look like? Being as Jesus! For Jesus is the exact image of the invisible God... the image we were created after....(Gen 1:26 vs Col 1:15).
So we are meant to walk in the same divine / supernatural power and love as Jesus!
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Unfortunately mankind fell. That is what we experience in ourselves and all around us. A world / life without God. What predicament!
Through this fall, the image and likeness of God in man got lost. That causes all confusion, greed, selfishness, strange philosophies, manipulation, chaos, death, afflictions, weaknesses, despair, disasters, etc. Man became alienated and hostile to God.
God is not at all threatened by that. He loves his creation so much that he laid down his glory to manifest himself in Jesus so man could finally see and understand God.
He only loves, heals everybody, raises the dead, casts out fallen spirits, controls nature, got beaten beyond description, died on a cross to pay off mankinds debt for the fall. The perfect sacrifice. To make it possible for Gods spirit to indwell man and for man to be changed into the image and likeness of God again. For free, because of love. Amazing! Rom 8:29, Ef 4:23-24, 2 Cor 3:18, Col 3:10, etc.
So we are not made for the fall of man, living in chaos, for ourselfs, in despair, depressed, suffering, etc. But to live like Jesus and for the people around us. Full of confidence, love, power, the divine life we see in Jesus.
That is what He came to establish in each and every one of us.
How? By Jesus dying on a cross so we could be transferred into His kingdom / receiving His holy spirit / his divine nature. Holy spirit redeems us from the fall of man. He makes us whole again, makes us like Jesus, our original created value. That is the love and truth of God. God has come full circle!
So we have every reason to reyoice always. God came, paid the price, took us in and shares His kingdom / His spirit / His glory / His divine life with us.
That is a supernatural/divine proces. A growing into Him in all things. Since He is love, allwise and allpowerfull we can rely on Him that he is perfectly capable to get us there. God dying on a cross, raising from the dead, seating in heaven, pouring out His Spirit, letting us co-seat in Him high above all principalities and powers means He is passionate in love with us and serious about this.
The Gospel. The amazing love of God. A restoration of a man/woman back to the beginning where God said: "let us (father, son, holy ghost) make man in our image and likeness and let them have authority....": to walk like Jesus for He is the exact image of the invisible God. The image we were created after and being restored to.
Therefore everything we see in Jesus is our new life. That's why Jesus says: "you and Me are 1", "he who meets you meets Me", "the Father loves you, whatever you ask Him it shall be done", "i have given you power to work the same miracles I do and even bigger than these", "the glory / divine nature I have in the Father I give to you", "it pleases the Father to give you the kingdom / his divine holy spirit / divine life", etc, etc.
Since these things are true, let go of the past and cling to Him. The author and giver of divine life.
We can read how the lives of His first 84 friends became as His. They did exactly the same! Since God / the Gospel did not change it is for you as well. Jesus did say after being raised from the dead: "All power has been given unto me, now you go therefore; heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out fallen spirits and tell everybody what i explained to you..."
Holy Spirit will reveal the truth to you, He will change your perspective and will give you this new divine life. That is why Christ came. So we jump for joy and thank Him abundantly for leading us into the divine life of the ages. A new creation in Christ. We are partakers of His divine nature for free.
Since we grew in these things we experienced thousands of beautifull healings, from fever to broken bones to cancers etc, etc. The Gospel is true and we grow in to Him (this new, freely given divine life) in all things. It is accomplished!
Do you want in on this original created God-value of mankind? Ask Jesus to come with His Holy Spirit to guide you in to the full truth. Let go of mere fallen human reasoning and let Him transform you to the way it was before the fall: become as Jesus. You are not made for yourself, struggling with the fall and its effects, but for the image, likeness and glory of God and for the people around you. The rest will be added to you. And... very important.... don't let anything move you away from the Gospel that has the power to transform you to your original created value. Continue in The Faith: Christ in you, glory for yourself but especially for the people around you to see there is a very good God who brings truth, power, salvation, healing, restoration, completeness, peace, a transformed life. For free, by His blood and spirit.
A shortcut or big leap in faith can be made when we start realising that we, by Jesus perfect sacrifice, have been made right with God and already are co-cruisified (so dead to sin, the fall and its effects), co-raised (justified, so saints) and co-seated in Him (enabled to walk like Him) Ef 2:5-6. We are already completed, perfected, made holy, blameless and above reproach, transferred in to His Kingdom, a partaker of His divine nature for free. Joh 14:20, Ef 2:4-5, Col 1:13, Col 1:22, Col 2:8-10, 2 Pet 1:3-4. That gives the rest.
From that fact (the accomplished work of Christ, your co-seatedness, your oneness in Christ), you start walking as Christ, walking in love. Note, you cannot make yourself like God. He can, by His Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit will take out every crooked, twisted, fallen mindset the fall tutored us in, every spiritual, mentally, bodily distortion and transform you to the best you. The fruits and supernatural of Holy Ghost in you will manifest. He will produce after His own kind, so you will be looking more and more like Jesus. Walking in divine power and love. The grace of God is amazing.
God knows why He made man. He sees our potential, our original created value, as He intended before the fall. Because of pure passion He came down to restore in man what was lost through the fall: the image and likeness of God/Jesus. If you let Him, He will reset you to the default settings. It is a process, but you will be the best you.
Or according to romans 5:18
For, if by the trespass of the one (Adam), death reigned through the one (Adam), much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in [divine] life through the One, Jesus Christ.
How do we receive? We say: THANK YOU JESUS and welcome Him in our lives to be transformed into His image and likeness. 2 Cor 3:18.
So above all, stay in the "yay-co-seated-mode" in spite of any contradiction.
For more crossreferences you can look up the bibleverses you see in the dutch part of this site. Do check out the vids under "Extra". They are in english and will help you greatly.
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