Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:…
27 So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Somewhere in the process of the creation and the manifestation we came out of the very heart of the Father. I say creation in contrast to manifestation due to the fact that we clearly see two different events in the story. In Genesis 1 we see the consultation of the Godhead, conferring within themselves to create or ‘make’ mankind in their image. In Gen 2 we see the ‘manifestation’ of that reality. The Lord God formed man from the dust of the earth.
If you think of the contrast of the image and the likeness, it will be the difference between the spiritual creation, and the earthly manifestation. We were clearly created in some realm of the Spirit (heart & mind of God), before we were manifested in the earthy realm. And what I have come to learn in my journey is that we have not, nor EVER will loose the image of God, because it was given to us by God himself and resides in a spiritual dimension. But what Adam lost in the fall is the ‘Likeness’.
And God the Father created us in the image of His very being, so that we could have the power to become the Sons of God. (John 1) The restoration process began at the day we were manifested on earth in Adam. Jesus’ sacrifice was not a plan B event in God’s mind. He was plan A! Jesus was not a secondary consequence of man’s rebellion, but rather as in the Book of Revelations, He was the lamb slain BEFORE the world began!
Romans 8 tells us that the whole world is waiting and groaning for the ‘manifestation’ of the sons of God. This is nothing more than the manifestation and restoration of the ‘likeness’ back to humanity.
Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
This was David’s number one hearts desire to be restored to the likeness of God. When we talk about the Divine Nature concepts we are talking about the manifestation of the character and nature of God himself through us! We have all of the tools, the Spirit, the knowledge, but we have to work through this life of limitation and emotion to get to the reality of the manifesting the divine! But the restoration of the Likeness, or nature of Christ is our number one concern, it can not be anything else. Our gifts and callings, purposes, and even our destiny is dependent upon our coming to the place of manifesting the divine!
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
If you think in these terms it is imperative that we pursue the avenues, and teaching that bring us closer to the reality of manifesting the Christos, or Theosis process. Bishop Ashe used to say, “You have no agenda, destiny, or calling outside of being like Him; for this beloved IS your calling and destiny and ministry.”
If you know the teaching I have done on the 30 -60- 100 fold, then you will understand the concept of the process. The 30fold realm is called the beast nature realm where every man is only concerned with himself. Violence, selfishness, etc are the norm in this realm. All you have to do is watch your pets here for a quick lesson on the beast nature. They do just fine until food etc is involved. Much like humans when they are in the lower realm of carnality or the beast nature, they can be nice, cordial, etc. But introduce the ‘food’ in whatever form, lust, pride, greed, fame etc, and you will see the beast nature in its fullness.
The 60fold realm is the Human side. The early fathers said to come to a place of forgiveness is only the beginning to becoming divine! We have been subtly taught that if we come to the forgiveness stage in our lives for others we are divine, but in reality you have just begun to act Human in God’s eyes. It is expected to for humans in the 60fold realm to take care of each other, look out for each other, share, love, and forgive. This is not the end goal but rather mere steps in the right direction.
The 100fold realm I can only imagine and dream at the moment. I know its out there for us, and it is here in the ‘Now’, but I’m pursuing the reality of it on a daily basis. It is a place of supernatural manifestations; a realm where I am no longer heard or seen but only Him. It is a place to where people come in and out of the presence and stand in wonder as to ‘who’ it was that just spoke to them, even though it appeared to me in the flesh! This beloved is my heart’s cry and passion.
Let’s have the heart of David today and learn to not be satisfied until we wake with his likeness!