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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Traditional "6 Day Creation"








The following article is on the other side of "Gap theory" ,which claims there is no gap between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2, so the creation of GOD is the same as recorded in the Bible - the traditional "6 Day Creation".

The readers must use own discretion on which view they should take as their own view. 

The blogger have held the traditional "6 Day Creation" so far. But one thing is very clear: 

GOD'S Word Never Fail and There Will Be A Day We Can See All Things Clear As It Is. Amen!

Believing either one of them doesn't make us go to The New Heaven and New Earth, but The Righteousness of GOD in JESUS CHRIST Matters for our eternal salvation!





Gaps in the Gap Theory





Over the last several years evolutionists have done a remarkable job convincing people that the debate over origins is one between science and religion. However, both parties essentially have access to the same data, and both parties ultimately have to go by faith on certain issues, like how the first life form came to be for example. It is not something that can be scientifically observed, you either believe GOD Did it or it created itself through a series of chance events - your conclusions having been influenced either by man's theories or GOD'S Word. So because these theories are often taught as fact many people now doubt a literal interpretation of the Bible and have tried to bend scripture so that it can be harmonised with these "alternate ideas". One of these theories is known as The Gap Theory.

The gap theory proposes that there is a time gap of millions or billions of years between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. The story says that GOD once Created a world full of dinosaurs and ape men which are often referred to as the Pre-Adamic race. At some point here the devil rebelled against GOD WHO then Destroyed that world with a flood (not to be confused with Noah's flood). GOD then supposedly Started the creation process afresh about 6000 years ago which is where Genesis 1:2 kicks in. The problem with this is that the Bible gives no indication that any of this happens, it actually paints a rather different picture of how events unfolded which goes something like this.

In Exodus 20:11 we read that GOD Made the heavens and the earth and everything in them (which would include the angels) in six days; based on the life spans and genealogies given in Genesis scholars place the date at around 6000 years ago. At the end of the first week GOD Looks at HIS Creation and Declares everything to be "very good" (Genesis 1:31), HE probably Would Not Have Said this had the devil and a third of the angels rebelled yet. 

Scripture actually reveals that it was only after the Garden of Eden was created that Satan rebelled, we read in Ezekiel 28:13-19 that he was in the garden, perfect in his ways and called the anointed cherub before he became prideful at his own beauty. So his fall must have occurred somewhere between the creation of man and the temptation of Adam and Eve later on in chapter 3 of Genesis.

Contradictions, contradictions...
Placing a gap of millions of years between the first two verses of Genesis causes several contradictions to materialize later in the Bible. For example, Jesus taught that the creation of man was the beginning (Mathew 19:4); had mankind only arrived on the scene 4.6 billion years after the beginning then HE Would Have Been Wrong.

Paul would also have been wrong in several scriptures. He taught that death, disease and suffering were a result of the fall in passages like Romans 5:12-14, 8:22 and 1 Corinthians 15:21-22. We have to ask ourselves, if sin never brought death into the world as these scriptures teach and they are not a result of man's disobedience, then why Did JESUS Have To Die?

John would have been wrong as well - when speaking of a future new heaven and new earth he stated in Revelation 21:1 that the world we currently live on is the first earth, why did he not say it is the second earth if one was destroyed previously?

Logical arguments can be raised as well, for instance, because people who accept the gap theory also accept the long time spans evolutionists need for their theories to sound legitimate. They must accept that sharks and crocodiles have been on our planet for millions of years.

Now if GOD Destroyed everything in verse 1 of the Bible to such an extent that HE Had To Recreate the sun and plants later on, how then did these animals survive through this period of destruction? 

Another question worth pondering on is if Satan did indeed fall before man was created, why Would GOD Judge a spiritual being by destroying the earth with a flood? It seems like everything but Satan and the fallen angels would have perished in that judgement.

With a little study one can see that most of man's opinions fall short and simply cannot stand against GOD'S Word. Once we start elevating our theories to the same level as the Bible then we start reading things in the scriptures that are not there. May HIS Word Be our Final Authority and Guide us into all truth!

http://www.myfaithmag.com/article?id=505



Gap Theory - Man's Idea or GOD'S WORD?






The blogger keeps searching for the Christian articles that can help our readers understand The WORD of GOD as HE Intended for us.

The following article gives us an eye-opening insight into the Creation records of Genesis 1 and focuses on the so-called "Gap Theory", which draws our attention to The Creator of the Universe, The LORD JESUS CHRIST.

All Glory to HIM Only for Being our LORD and GOD!
Amen.







The History of the Genesis Gap Theory Interpretation and its Basis in Bible Doctrine




The World Before the Seven Days of Genesis



The Bible says, "In the beginning GOD Created the heaven and Earth" (Genesis 1:1) and at Genesis 1:3 GOD Says, "...let there be light", which is followed by the seven-days of "Creation" and the making of the world into which HE Placed Adam and Eve. But between those two verses there is the mysterious and enigmatic statement of Genesis 1:2 which says:

"And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And The SPIRIT of GOD Moved upon the face of the waters."
(Genesis 1:2 KJV)

This verse should not to be dismissively taken as just some 'throw away' statement of how God began the creation process, because it is a serious declaration of factual conditions by The HOLY SPIRIT to call the reader's attention to something that is abnormal and out of place. Those facts are: 1) The "Earth" already exists, 2) The planet is void of life, 3) There is great darkness everywhere, 4) Water already exists. WHY? When was all this created?

That mysterious verse is The HOLY SPIRIT'S  guidance to a key Scriptural Truth. Specifically, the heaven and Earth of the original creation (Genesis 1:1 & Job 38:4) had been destroyed and corrupted as a result of Lucifer's sin of rebellion back in Earth's ancient past (Isaiah 14:12-16 & Ezekiel 28:13-17). That first world on the face of the Earth was now in complete ruin. What remained was shrouded in a great physical and spiritual darkness and the power of death. The reason? Sin in Deep-Time.

The Apostle Peter spoke of this mystery in the New Testament:

"For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by The Word of GOD the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men."(2 Pet 3:5-7 KJV)

People assume that the mention of the word "water" in the above passage makes it a reference to Noah's flood and the antediluvian world of man, but it is not. The phrase "willingly ignorant" and common sense should tell you otherwise. After all, anybody even remotely familiar with the Bible knows about Noah's flood. No, the verse is speaking about something else, and the only other place in the Bible where the Earth was covered in waters is Genesis 1:2. The ramifications are obvious: The Bible itself reveals that the "heavens and the earth, which are now" (made during the seven days) was not the first-time creation of all things. The Word of GOD is telling the observant reader there was a previous world on the face of this old Earth before the present world of man.

The LORD GOD Created the heavens and the Earth and HE Authored the Bible through HIS HOLY SPIRIT. 

Those are two (2) witnesses to GOD'S truth (Matthew 18:16) . 
One witness is the Earth's geology, which reveals evidence of death in the fossil record extending back millions and millions of years. The other witness is the written Word of GOD which, when rightly-divided, can tell men why there is death in the fossil record. 

The Genesis Gap Doctrine, commonly called the "Gap Theory" or "Ruin-Reconstruction" interpretation of Genesis, is not a modern-day interpretation of the Holy Bible. It is a theological teaching that was espoused by the early Church and even the fundamental Protestant faith in the years before Darwin's Theory of Evolution was even published, at a time when the geological sciences were still in their infancy. The Genesis Gap Doctrine has always been within the Holy Bible. It was there when Moses penned the book of Genesis, it is not a recent notion.

The Genesis Gap Doctrine does not contradict the modern-day geologic observations that indicate an Earth that is at least 4.5 billion years old with known evidence of death in Earth's fossil record extending back at least three-billion years, nor does it contradict the Holy Bible. On the contrary, the doctrine clarifies why these apparent contradictions between the Bible and Science exist. Why the old "world that then was" ended, and why GOD Made a new world and modern Man (Adam), requires a study into the ancient origins of Lucifer and the angels. 

This Biblical knowledge opens a clearer window into understanding why we see the world as it is today. It also provides a more perfect understanding and warning against what is yet to come upon the world in the near future, and why. The subjects of the Bible and Geology are not mutually exclusive concepts. The Earth has an ancient natural history that can be deciphered from the geologic record, but it also has an equally important ancient spiritual history that can only be deciphered from a Rightly-Divided Holy Bible. Knowledge of both, and enlightenment through The HOLY SPIRIT, brings comprehension of the proper context of Earth's Geology within the Book of Genesis.


THE BIBLE TIME-GAPS:

The HOLY SPIRIT Reveals there is a time-gap between the first two verses of the Old Testament. This is not the only time-gap in the Old Testament; there are two (2) others. There is the "gap" in the Old Testament between the first and second comings of The LORD JESUS CHRIST. It is commonly called the "Church Age" or the "Age of Grace." The other is the 1,000 year Millennial reign of the KING of kings, The LORD JESUS CHRIST, which will be here on the Earth after HIS second coming and before the final great Judgment Day, followed by the creation of the New Heaven and Earth in eternity. The late Clarence Larkin referred to these Old Testament "gaps" as Valleys between the peaks of prophecy. The illustration below is a schematic of this line of reasoning:




Mountain peaks of prophecy



All three of these Scriptural Old Testament "gaps" or valleys have one thing in common: These are things that are spiritually discerned through the Holy Spirit, spelled out plainly in the New testament, which sheds light on what is written in the Old Testament. The HOLY SPIRIT Reveals these things through the knowledge of The LORD JESUS CHRIST - the source of all true wisdom. (See Revelation 19:10 & Colossians 2:2-3).  The Spirit of Prophecy certainly looks forward into the future, but it also can look backward into the past and you will be able to see this in the KJV Holy Bible. Keep in mind that what transpired in the past directly sets the course for what will happen in the future. This is why it is essential to understand why there is a gap between the first two verses of the Bible.

Peter's New Testament statement (2 Peter 3:5-7) tells us something that is not directly revealed in the Old Testament at Genesis 1:2. But before we amplify the matter further, you need to see why Peter is NOT speaking about Noah's flood:

"For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by The Word of GOD the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men."(2 Pet 3:5-7 KJV)

Compare the phrases: "the heavens and earth, which are now" to the phrase the "heavens were of old" in that verse. Ask yourself this question: When Noah's flood happened did it change anything in the upper heavens? That is, would a flood on the Earth's surface have any effect on the sun, moon, or stars high above? The obvious answer is NO.

"And GOD Said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth."(Genesis 6:13 KJV)

The heavens of Noah's days were the same heavens as in Adam's day; same sun, same moon, same stars. Noah's flood had no effect on the upper heavens. All of Noah's flood's effects were confined to the Earth's surface and its atmosphere. If the effects of Noah's flood were confined to the Earth's surface and atmosphere, then Noah's flood did not affect or alter anything in the upper heavens, so logic and common sense demands that this verse must be speaking about an event other than Noah's flood. 

And Genesis 1:2 is our only other Biblical alternative.
Notice also in that passage that the earth is said to be "standing out" of the water and "in" the water. In our English language, these descriptive terms suggest that these particular waters were not confined to the surface of the planet. The passage describes a deluge that raged across the solar system, and beyond with Earth caught up in the destructive overflow. Try to draw this mental picture: Think of a dark and ruined universe with water strewn throughout it like one big messy galactic spill. That is what Genesis 1:2 is speaking about when it says that darkness was upon the face of the "deep" (Genesis 1:2). And imagine the planet Earth drifting awash in this roaring and rolling, formless mess while still orbiting around the dead star that once was Earth's early sun. Where would such waters have come from? Well, it is an established scientific observation that aging stars create and give off lots of water. (See also Astronomers Find Largest, Most Distant Reservoir of Water

Certainly there must have been lots and lots of stars in the heavens that were "of old" (just as there are today) and, if something had caused the entire cosmos to have gone dark, and all those stars died (including our sun), then there would be excessive waters everywhere throughout outer space. If that was indeed the case, then all those extinguished stars would need to be reignited to be seen in our present heavens. Although many "Gap Theory" advocates believe that the sun, moon and stars were not affected and were only being obscured by deep cloud cover until the fourth of the seven days, that interpretation does not hold up under closer scrutiny of the Scriptures.

At Genesis 1:2 the heaven and the Earth are in darkness and great waters are upon the deep. If we interpret the deep to include everything in the physical universe, which included everything below GOD'S heavenly realm far above (See John 8:23), then the situation becomes clear. Before any reconstruction of the heavens and Earth could begin, GOD Had To Do something with all that water scattered across space. That is why the Bible says:

"And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so."
(Genesis 1:7 KJV)



The heavens and firmament



The Bible is saying that GOD Placed a "Sea" (waters above the firmament - See Psalms 148:4) between the Footstool of HIS Heavenly Throne and the less than pure physical cosmos down below that Satan's rebellion ruined. This division was not good, but necessary. Note that, although GOD Says, "it was good" concerning days 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, HE Does Not Say that about the work of day 2 (see for yourself).
Prior to that, GOD Made another division at the beginning of the seven-days that was good:

"And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And The SPIRITt of GOD Moved upon the face of the waters. And GOD Said, Let there be light: and there was light. And GOD Saw the light, that it was good: and GOD Divided the light from the darkness. And GOD Called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day."(Genesis 1:2-5 KJV)

This light was NOT PHYSICAL LIGHT as in sunshine, because GOD Did Not Make the sun, moon and stars of this present world until the fourth-day. This light was The Light of GOD. You should take note that the translators of the King James Bible did something very important in this passage. They capitalized the words "Day" and "Night" in Genesis 1:5 to stress the importance of these word definitions. The correct interpretation of these terms is found in this New Testament passage:

"Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness."(1 Thessalonians 5:5 KJV)

The  Bible itself provides the correct interpretation of the meaning. There were two (2) types of darkness present at Genesis 1:2: Yes, there was literal darkness (an absence of light), but there was also spiritual darkness (the presence of evil within the ruins of the creation). The Scriptures tell us that both good and evil are present when GOD Made Adam's world.

"And out of the ground made the LORD GOD To Grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil."
 (Genesis 2:9 KJV)

Why this was the case is discussed in greater detail elsewhere on this website. 


HISTORY OF THE "GAP THEORY" INTERPRETATION:

This Ruin-Reconstruction interpretation of Genesis was the bread and butter Creation doctrine of the Protestant Fundamentalist Church in the early part of the 20th century. The interpretation has mainly been credited to the Scottish theologian, Thomas Chalmers, who began to preach it back in the early 19th century. Contrary to contemporary Young Earth Creationist allegations, Chalmers did NOT invent the Genesis Gap interpretation as a compromise of The Word of GOD to accommodate the Theory of Evolution. The fact that Chalmers was preaching the Genesis Gap out of the Holy Bible for well over twelve years BEFORE Darwin even published his 'On the Origin of Species' reveals the fallacy of such unfounded accusations.

Keep in mind that from the days of the Apostles up through the Dark Ages, and until just a few centuries ago, a 6,000 year age for the heavens and Earth was accepted dogma in the institutions of both the Church and Academia. Up until then, the real age of the Earth was not a burning issue. However, after the Bible was published for the masses, and as the scientific evidence for an old Earth grew, so did the breech between the establishment Church and establishment science. What we have in the case of Thomas Chalmers and the post Reformation times is an example of Revelation and Illumination from the Holy Scriptures. 

That is, when the proper time came, The Word of GOD once again proved itself timely and relevant to the level of scientific and Spiritual understanding of the day, and The HOLY SPIRIT Began opening eyes to a truth that was already there in the Scriptures. The Bible can provide true and faithful answers to all scientific 'discoveries' that appear to challenge the fundamentals of the Christian Faith. The problem today is that people have, for the most part, abandoned faith in the infallibility of the Holy Scriptures.



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RIGHTLY-DIVIDING THE WORD OF GOD:

GOD The SON, The LORD JESUS CHRIST, Is The Divine Author of both the Scriptures and the Earth's Geologic record. Both are from HIS Hand. Both witness to historical and spiritual Truth. HE Established the principles of science (knowledge) by which we can search out the answers to things preserved within the Earth's geology. 

HIS Scriptures provide us with a definitive and infallible source of Authority and a faithful guide to verify the validity of the things man observes hidden within the Earth. Therefore, there cannot possibly be any real contradiction in facts between Geology and Genesis. Any such contradictions only arise within the flawed paradigms of our understanding, be they scientific or Biblical. Remember, the Theory of Evolution is a faith-based belief; a belief system founded on observations without the benefit of Biblical clarification.
  
Let's be honest, Biblical Creationism will never find fair and equal standing and acceptance with the non-believing world's accepted paradigm of origins. The world has placed its "faith" in the Theory of Evolution and carnal reasoning. The truth of the Bible must be accepted by faith as The Word of GOD, and you have to trust HIM above what your Pastor or Science teacher thinks is truth.

The supernatural intervention or acts of an invisible Divine Sovereign can neither be proved nor disproved by the scientific method. Regrettably, a large segment of Fundamental Christianity has placed its faith in an interpretation of Genesis which denies not only the historical facts contained within the Earth itself but, in some cases, the very wording of the Holy Bible as well. 

TRUST YOUR BIBLE.
"For MY Thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways MY Ways, saith The LORD. For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are MY Ways higher than your ways, and MY Thoughts than your thoughts."(Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV)






Monday, February 25, 2019

Made In The Image of GOD






SOLI DEO GLORIA!



The Blogger is a native Korean speaker who resides in the US. Past 7 years he has posted more than 13,800 articles in English by GOD'S Help and Grace(mostly comprised of the Whole Bible chapters with commentaries and illustrations when needed necessarily).

He keeps searching for all the Bible-related articles written in English and carefully select to post them on this Blog to help the readers when they want to understand the hard sayings or topics of the Bible.







The following is one of the excellent articles on the given topic below and I hope you will enjoy reading it. 

So be it!






Made In The Image of GOD








made in the image of god


The historical biblical account of the creation of Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:26-27) states that God made the first man and woman ‘in His own image’. What does this mean? And why is it important?
The occasion was the sixth day of Creation Week, after God had prepared the earth as a habitation, and after He had created the fish, the birds, and the other animals. These were all created by divine fiat, which means that God commanded (or willed) each event to happen and it was done. In the case of the creation of man, there is a difference. The inspired record reads: ‘And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.... So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them’(Genesis 1:26-27).

A Divine Council



In this intriguing verse God appears to be talking to someone.1 Calvin said, ‘This is the language of one apparently deliberating... he enters into consultation.’2 Many other commentators refer to it as ‘a council’. But if this is so, with whom is God consulting? And why? Does the Bible give us any hint?
Since the Lord needs no other counsellor,3 any such consultation must have taken place within the Godhead—between God the Father and God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.4,5 Hebrews 1:2 tells us that when God made the worlds (KJV) or universe (NIV), He did so by His Son.6
God could easily have commanded the creation of man by His own Word, as He had done in the case of the animals (Genesis 1:20,24) and the plants (Genesis 1:11), but He chose not to. Man is not a close cousin of the animals, nor a distant relative of primitive plant life, nor a product of slime. Rather, he is someone great, wonderful and different, the most excellent of all God’s works, and a special expression of the divine nature, created by God’s own personal activity. God introduces him with solemnity, dignity, and the honour of an intimate deliberation on the part of the Godhead.
God endowed man with intellectual ability which was and is far superior to that of any animal.
Although man was formed from the dust of the ground, God personally ‘breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul’ (Genesis 2:7). Man’s life is thus not the result of spontaneous reorganization of molecules within his body, nor is it derived by evolution from any animal or ‘lower hominid’ (as theistic evolutionists teach), but is a direct gift from God. This is further emphasized in the Bible by Luke’s genealogy of Adam, where he designates Adam as being not the son of an anthropoid ape, but ‘the son of God’ (Luke 3:38).
What was there for God to discuss with the Son? Revelation 13:8 tells us that the Lamb of God (i.e. Jesus) ‘was slain from the foundation of the world’. By the sixth day of Creation Week the foundation of the world had been well and truly laid, but with the creation of man, God was about to initiate that chain of events which would lead inexorably to the future crucifixion and death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross as an atonement for the sin of mankind. In His earthly life, Jesus affirmed His willingness to do the will of the Father in this regard, in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:3942). Did He perhaps also do so in the heavenly council, immediately before God created Adam?

In the Image of God



When God created man in His own image,7 He purposed that mankind (both man and woman) would resemble God in certain ways, and share certain of the divine prerogatives. Concerning this we note:

1. It was not a physical likeness, but...

Although God is spirit (John 4:24) and does not have a body like a man, when He appeared visibly to men according to the Old Testament record, He did so in the form of a human body (e.g. Genesis 18:1-2; 32:24, 28,30).8 Dr Henry Morris writes: ‘There is something about the human body therefore, which is uniquely appropriate to God’s manifestation of Himself, and (since God knows all His works from the beginning of the world—Acts 15:18), He must have designed man’s body with this in mind. Accordingly He designed it, not like the animals, but with an erect posture, with an upward gazing countenance, capable of facial expressions corresponding with emotional feelings, and with a brain and tongue capable of articulate, symbolic speech.’9,10
Furthermore, the human body was the form in which God the Son would be incarnated or ‘made in the likeness of men’ (Philippians 2:7). Thus God made man in that bodily form which He Himself would one day assume—the form in
which He wished to reveal Himself.

2. It was a mental likeness.

God endowed man with intellectual ability which was and is far superior to that of any animal. Thus man was given a mind capable of hearing and understanding God’s communication with him, emotions capable of responding to God in love and devotion, and a will which enabled him to choose whether or not to obey God. Man was thus equipped, not only to ‘love God and obey Him for ever’, but also to do God’s work on earth—to be His regent and govern the creation in co-operation with his Creator.
Man only, of all God’ creatures, has a spirit or God-consciousness.
This is seen in God’s command to Adam and Eve11 that they exercise dominion over the earth and its animals (Genesis 1:26,28), in Adam’s task of cultivating the garden (Genesis 2:15), and in the statement that Adam gave names to certain of the animals on the earth (Genesis 2:19-20).12
Man’s intellectual gifts are further seen in his ability to design things and then make them, to appreciate beauty, to compose glorious music, to paint pictures, to write, to count to large numbers and do mathematics, to control and use energy for his own benefit (e.g. fire, electricity, nuclear power), to organize, to reason, to make decisions, to be self-conscious, to laugh at himself, and to think abstractly. All this behaviour is non-instinctive, as distinct from animal behaviour, and as such it is of unlimited variety.

3. It was a moral likeness.

Man only, of all God’s creatures, has a spirit or God-consciousness, that is, a capacity for knowing God and holding spiritual communion with Him through prayer, praise, and worship. Since the Fall (Genesis chapter 3), man has had inborn moral awareness of good and evil, or conscience, which he perceives in his spirit.13
Man was made not only negatively innocent (that is, without sin), but positively holy, otherwise Adam could not have had communion with God, who cannot look upon iniquity (Habakkuk 1:13). This is further confirmed by Genesis 1:31, when God affirms that everthing He had made (including man) was ‘very good’, which would not have been true if man had been morally imperfect.

4. It was a social likeness.14

God’s social nature and intrinsic love is seen in the doctrine of the Trinity. God—who is love—created man with a social nature and a need for love. The statement in Genesis 3:8 that ‘they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day’ suggests that Adam and Eve enjoyed fellowship and communion with God, perhaps on a daily basis.
God also provided for human fellowship and love in a very special and intimate way. Before He created Eve He said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him’ (Genesis 2:18). He then made Eve out of a bone taken from Adam (Genesis 2:21-24), a fact which Jesus used in His debate with the Pharisees to uphold the sanctity of marriage and the intimacy of love within the marriage relationship (Matthew 19:4-6Mark 10:6-8).15

Conclusion




When God created the vegetation and the animals, He made them all ‘after its/their kind’ (the phrase occurs ten times in Genesis 1:11-25). When He created Adam, He made him after the God-kind — in the image and likeness of God (cf. Acts 17:28).

After the Fall, man is still said to be in God’s image (Genesis 9:61 Corinthians 11:7) and likeness (James 3:9). However, this image was defiled by man’s rebellion at the Fall, and all aspects of God’s image were tarnished. Nevertheless, these aspects were perfect in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was and is ‘the image of the invisible God’(Colossians 1:15), and ‘the express image’ of God (Hebrews 1:3), both in His life on earth and in Heaven.
The Apostle Paul says that we are transformed or renewed into the image of God by the Gospel, and that this image is then ‘in righteousness and true holiness’ (Colossians 3:10Ephesians 4:24). This is not something that the natural man can bring about by his own efforts, but is the result of our ‘receiving Christ’ in faith and repentance (John 1:12Galatians 2:20). It is accomplished by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5Romans 8:28-29), who takes up His abode within God’s children (1 Corinthians 3:1;6:19). ‘God is long-suffering towards us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance’ (2 Peter 3:9).