My, How You’ve Fallen! (Part 2) by Pastor Carl W. Mann, II
Isaiah 14:12 (KJV) “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”
There is much to be studied and shared concerning the spiritual realm. Many refer to the spiritual realm as something that is other-dimensional, mysterious, or imaginary; but, to those whose spiritual eyes have been opened to the marvelous Grace of God, the spiritual realm is merely the “water” in which we live as if we were fish in a large aquarium to be viewed by those who dwell in the reality of the spiritual.
Last week we ended with the fact that God created us in His “own image, and after His likeness.” Considering the principle that we are spiritual beings living in physical bodies, AND we are immersed in the spiritual realm, being observed by spiritual beings, it is most important that we understand the importance of being created in God’s image.
- Job understood this principle – Job 10:8 (KJV) “Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me” (Emphasis Added).
- The Psalmist, David, understood this principle – Psalm 119:73 (KJV) “Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments” (Emphasis Added).
David also understood that we are created to be eternal, spiritual beings – Psalm 139:16 (KJV)“Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them” (Emphasis Added).
- Apostle Paul understood that God sent His Son, the Man, Christ Jesus to redeem those who “called upon His Name” from the curse of sin, and ultimately restore their “outer” body to the “glorious” body they (we) had before Adam sinned – Philippians 3:21 (KJV) “Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Emphasis Added).
God did not speak mankind into existence, He “formed” us with His hands much like a sculptor “forms,” or “fashions” a piece of clay into an exquisite vessel. However, unlike an exquisite vessel that is lifeless, God fashioned us and breathed His life within us. Thus, Scripture says, Genesis 2:7 (KJV) “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Emphasis Added).
Scripture teaches us that God is a Spirit (John 4:24), and the only way to worship Him is in “spirit, and in truth.” When God “fashioned” man, His desire was to give a shape, shadow, and substance of Himself in His creation. Therefore, He created mankind to be His personal “representations,” NOT just representatives. That is why God said, Genesis 1:26 (KJV)“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Emphasis Added).
It was God’s desire, and design, for mankind to be “visible representations” of Who He was, what He was like, how He thought, how He loved, and the embodiment of His Holiness. So, God “raised up” mankind to rule and reign on the earth – Psalm 82:6 (KJV) “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High” (Emphasis Added).
As stated previously, God desired that we would be His personal “representations,” not just His personal representatives. Consider what God said to Moses, Exodus 7:1 (KJV)“And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet” (Emphasis Added).
Look at the Revised Standard Version, Exodus 7:1 (RSV)“And the LORD said to Moses, “See, I make you as God to Pharaoh; and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet” (Emphasis Added).
God gave just a “touch” to Moses of what He had given to Adam. God placed His Power, Presence, and Purpose in mankind, but after Adam sinned, such Power, Presence, and Purpose was too great. Instead of being a blessing, it became a burden. Therefore, Scripture records, Psalm 82:7 (KJV) “But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes” (Emphasis Added).
Now, please receive this statement – I am NOT saying that Scripture teaches that God intended for us to be “Gods or God-like!” Such heretical teaching has arisen from the “twisting” of these Scriptures and resulted in a devilish doctrine giving birth to a Cult that claims its roots in Jesus Christ. It was God’s intent that we would present His Goodness, Grace, and Greatness bearing His Image and Likeness. This should have been such the case that the “spiritual realm” would say, “You are so much like God, it is hard to tell the difference.” We would know the difference and would be quick to give all honor and glory to God! At least, that is what God desired! My, how we’ve fallen!
John 1:1 verifies that “The Word” is, was, and will always be God. Through further study of Scripture we believe and understand that Jesus, the Only Begotten Son of God, is the Word of God Who became “flesh” John 1:14. This being TRUE, the Man, Christ Jesus, is the ONLY human who is both God and Man.
Jesus came to restore what mankind had lost, AND to manifest what God had intended when He created mankind. Hebrews 1:1-3 (KJV) “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” (Emphasis Added).
Jesus had many confrontations with Jewish leaders. One such confrontation (John 10) took place after He spoke of Himself as being the Good Shepherd Who would lay down His life for His sheep. He stated that He had power to lay down His life, and He had power to take it back again. He was stating that He would rise from the dead. Some began to accuse Him of speaking “out of His head,” while others accused Him of operating under the influence of a devil.
They challenged Jesus to declare whether He was the Christ or not. Jesus responded that His works should be able to “prove” Who He was. He stated that the works He was doing were the result of Him and God (Father) being “one.” Then, they took up stones and were going to stone Him.
Pay close attention to Jesus’ reply…
John 10:34-38 (KJV) “Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him” (Emphasis Added).
This is a deep teaching; for, it presents the Heart of God. Jesus was saying, “Why are you challenging Me, just because I said that I’m the Son of God? If my life does not back that statement up, then don’t believe Me. BUT, My works verify Who I Am!”
That is not that difficult to accept. BUT, consider this – Jesus began His response with, “Hey, God created ALL mankind to be ‘gods’ (His Personal Representations)! Everyone to whom the word of God came, is supposed to bear His Imprint. Just because you have NOT encountered any other man who lived like he had been created in God’s image and likeness, don’t hold that against Me! I’m NOT the One living beneath the Father’s expectation and empowerment!”
Considering this, we could all look at ourselves and say, “My, how you’ve fallen!”