The human flesh is perhaps the most subtle enemy of humanity.
In all ages, many are those who have fallen victims to their flesh than those by the devil.
Even, many things, for which the devil has been accused, are nothing other than the works of the flesh.
Stop pointing the accusing fingers at the devil; rather learn to master your fleshly nature.
Until you do this, you will remain an irresponsible Christian.
Overcoming the fleshly nature will empower you to master your flesh and be free from the works of the flesh.
Targeted Age Group:: 18 and above
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
There is an unfortunate happening in the church, in which many point the accusing fingers at the devil as the brain behind their evil deeds.
When a brother is caught in fornication, he blames the devil.
When he is found stealing, he blames the devil.
Can we actually say the devil is the cause of every wrongdoing?
This is what brought the inspiration behind this book
Ge 1:26-28 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.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
In the Bible account of the creation, we are made to understand how God created heaven, earth, and all other living creatures. We saw how he used the first five days to bring into existence all the things available in our universe. We also saw how all those things he created were there without a leader; someone to coordinate and rule over them.
This leader required would represent God in bringing about laws and orders through which they would live together in harmony.
We must understand that God is the supreme King over the universe. He exercises dominion over everything and ensures the whole existence perfectly fits into each other.
But he is in heaven, and the Garden of Eden was on earth. God couldn’t come down personally to rule over his creatures on earth, he will have to possess an earthly body to do so.
God is a spirit with a celestial body (John 4:24).
It will take another creature with an earthly body to represent God among his creatures on the earth.
This made man the only legitimate being qualified to rule over the earth in the place of God.
Psalm 8:6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
One thing is important to be understood here; God doesn’t create anything without a purpose. He would never make anything unless there is an important reason for its existence. This same thing applies to the creation of humanity.
God didn’t just create him because he had nothing to do or because he felt like doing something. He made him because there was the need for someone to take responsibility for leadership over all the creatures he made on the earth. And only man could take up this noble task.
This is why he said in Genesis 1:26 “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,”
Why do I say only the man could take up this task? The reasons are very obvious.
First, God created man like himself and in his image.
This means he had his physical resemblance and nature.
The word “image” from Genesis 1:26 is a Hebrew word “tselem” which means resemblance, a representative figure as in an idol. Also, the word “likeness” has its root in the Hebrew word “demooth” which means shape, model, or similitude.
We can therefore say that God created man in his resemblance, to represent him figuratively, having his shape, model, or similitude.
With this, it won’t cause any harm if we call him god-man.
This is because he was god in man, packaged with the resemblance of the almighty, and made to have his shape as well as his nature.
The word resemblance carries much more meaning than just physical. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, resemblance means the quality or state of resembling especially: correspondence in appearance or superficial qualities.
This goes on to suggest that man didn’t just have a physical resemblance to God; he also resembles him in superficial qualities. These qualities are the nature of God in man.
Also, according to the same Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word likeness means a portrait or representation.
It, therefore, means man was created as a portrait of God; His look-alike figure, God’s idol.
God knew that the man to rule over the earth and everything he made couldn’t just be an ordinary being; he must be super-ordinary in the class of God. He must possess a mind that is more powerful than ordinary. He must have the same perspective as God. And he must be able to represent him figuratively.
This is why man was created a higher class of being above all other things God made.
He possessed the unique mind and divine ability to stand in for him at all times.
But all these were not enough to make him a ruler over the earth. The man that will be in charge of the earth must be made adaptable to the earth.
He must be made a man of the flesh. He must possess the earthly body to be adaptable to the earth.
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