There has always been much speculation about the true meaning of the statement “man is made in the image of God.” Many assert that it means that there is only one true God and this is quite true, however they refuse to understand that the one true God actually has three separate personalities comprising His magnificent being. Wars have been fought, millions have died and many are still being murdered to this day over the different beliefs concerning this truth, which is clearly presented in chapter one in the very first book of the bible.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.Then 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 birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1: 1-2,26-27)
The previous verses are clear indications of the tripartite nature and personality of the Creator. When God said, “Let us make man in our image,” the Father who is the primary intelligence and author of all things, was speaking in agreement to his pre-incarnate self who would enter the world in the fullness of time as His son. So there are three persons, the Intelligence, the Physical Being, and the Holy Spirit that enacts God’s Will.
Likewise man is a tripartite being made up of an intellect that is personified by the ego, a physical body, and the spirit of life that God breathed into him. “then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2: 7)
One might wonder that if God has breathed the breath of life in each human being, why then is the three part nature of God and so many other spiritual truths a complete mystery to so many? The reason is because many have unbelieving hearts and refuse to even acknowledge the existence of God. “The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2: 14) “they are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart; they have become callous and have given themselves up to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of uncleanness. ” (Ephesians 4: 18-19)
Therefore the spirit that God had given them is as good as dead and will only come alive if and when they repent with a contrite heart and turn to God. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1: 7)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who practice it. His praise endures for ever! (Psalm 111: 10)
If you have been living an unfulfilling and seemingly useless existence, let me encourage you to ask God into your life. In a quiet place ask the Lord Jesus to come into your heart and help you to believe and to give you understanding. Begin your new journey by reading the four gospel testimonies by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and God will reveal himself to you when you prayerfully ask.
“Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. (Matthew 7: 7-8)