We are made in the image and likeness of God and therefore we function like Him. It was not written that Animals and plants were made in the likeness of God but we are, so therefore to know what God’s image and likeness is we have to study humans and the animals and see what is different between us. I kind of already know the difference but I know obviously that science will pose a different answer. You can view (http://www.livescience.com/33376-humans-other-animals-distinguishing-mental-abilities.html) for the best answer I found on the Internet. After going through it all I concluded that there is only one difference between animals and humans and that is, the human brain is developed in such a way that we can visualise a concept in our minds and then express those ideas in form of speech so that they can be worked on with others. That’s why it is hard for us to be isolated and be totally independent, we always have to work with others, that’s why we get really bored when we are alone for too long, we want to speak and have a chat with others and even when we are alone we even speak to our mirrors.
The bible said when God was creating the world He said; let there be light and there was light, He said let us make man in our image and so many instances of Him speaking. Another scenario of God speaking was to the Israelites when they desperately wanted to hear God speak and he finally spoke to them but they were frightened and said they do not want to hear from God anymore (Deuteronomy 5). The fact is as humans we have the distinct ability to speak, which makes us like God; therefore how you manage your speaking is important, you do not just speak anyhow. Speaking is the only physical characteristics that make you like God because there is no other physical characteristic that is distinct from animals or plants, every other small difference is there so as to accommodate speaking. As Christians with the knowledge of this fact we have to watch what we say and even think because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh (Luke 6:45). That scripture backs up my point that the reason why we think better than animals is because we have the ability to speak which links us to the likeness and image of God (Functionality). We have to understand that we are gods (John 10:34, 1 Corinthians 3:16 and Psalm 82:6). The choice Adam and Eve had at the garden of Eden was not between eating the fruit or not to eat the fruit but it was between doubt of who they were and the knowledge of who they were, this temptation by Satan was a mind choice, In fact all temptations from Satan are always mind choices. Satan planted a seed of self doubt in their minds, they weren’t sure they were gods and that was the problem. This seed yielded the fruit of rebellion against God which caused a detachment from God. Death was therefore not a curse to man but was an inevitable consequence of not being gods anymore. We as Christians who are now redeemed in Christ can now boldly say we are gods because we are certain that we live again in Christ. Satan said take and you will be like God but they were already gods so why want to be any more. If only they knew who they were they would definitely not have eaten of the fruit but they must have been some elements of self-doubt in them. It is the same choices we make everyday as a Christians when Satan tempts us. Satan is very shallow minded he doesn’t think, after all he was only an angel am not saying angels don’t think but the fact is as humans we are more elevated than angels because we are God’s children and were created out of the spirit of God. However, if we do know who we are we will be able to make the choice of not taking of the fruit the devil offers, because we have a strong identity in Christ and we believe who we are in him.
Therefore, we overcome Satan firstly by knowing and understanding who we are in Christ by building a strong identity with him, which will in turn make us think in the right direction and say right things (righteousness) and then we can make the right choices. The first step is highly important that is why the devil has put his ugly nest in the life of believers so that they don’t know who they are because he knows that once we do he is wiped away from our lives forever. It is not enough to be a Christian, it is not a name tag, it is more than that you have to answer the question why you are Christians daily and seek to grow in the faith, Like new born babies, crave pure spiritual milk and your identity in Christ will be stronger (1 Peter 2:2).
In the next few series, I want to make us understand that we have an identity in Jesus and through Jesus we have our passport to heaven. I hope you are not thinking I will be talking about if you believe you will go to heaven NO! NO!! NO!!! Many people know that already. The fear of Hell does not take you to Heaven but the love of God does. The love of God requires you to identify with Christ to the extent that your identity is strong enough and then you can become a permanent resident of Heaven. Christ is not different from any one of us, no one will let a stranger live in their house, until there is a certain trust and working relationship, until I can identify with you that is when I can then say come in sister and come in brother you can live with me forever. God is great Shallom!!!
James 3:5-8,Proverbs 18:21, Matthew 12:36, Ephesians 4:29, Proverbs 12:18