Universal Salvation: Let Us make man in Our Image Part One
Yes, but what does it mean? It is obviously very important to understand what it means, because it expresses a specific intention of God. His deliberate will is about to be put into action. Let us read it. Genesis 1:26 "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness..." Throughout the ages, scholars have discussed this verse, and still do not understand what it means. If you do not understand God's intentions from the very beginning, how can you know what God is doing? But if you do understand God's intentions, you will understand exactly what He is doing. So let us have a look at what God was about to do.
"Let Us..." What a mess everyone makes of this - and it is not even a mystery; just common sense. One Person that God had to be speaking to, was Jesus. Why? Because, as Colossians 1:16 says, "For by Him (Jesus) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth....All things were created through Him and for Him." Now, if all things were created through Him, God would have to inform Jesus of His intentions first. What was said at Genesis 1:26 is exactly what God would have had to say to Jesus - "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness..." Do you think He would say, "Well, I'll just say it to Myself first, and then I'll go and say the same thing to Jesus"? That hardly seems credible. Would you do that?
"Make..." Satan really has been at work here. But that is his job - to resist God. Revelation 12:9 says,"...that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world..." Do you see how successful Satan has been? He deceives the whole world. Now think about it: if you were Satan, and wanted to mislead the whole world, one of the most obvious ways would be to mislead people about God's intentions, from the very beginning. If you can get people to misunderstand from the beginning, it takes an awful lot of removing. People were so misled when Jesus came in the flesh, that they did not even accept who He was. Now, if Satan has that sort of power - and he has - twisting the meaning of scripture is child's play to him.
The Hebrew word for "make" in Genesis 1:26 is asah, and it has a wide range of meaning. So when you have a word which has such a wide range of meaning, how do you come to the correct meaning? Satan is going to have a field day. There is only one way that you can come to an accurate knowledge of the truth - and that is by revelation from the Holy Spirit. Anything less than accurate knowledge is eating from the table of demons. Work it out for yourself. Satan deceives the whole world; therefore, the whole world must be eating from the table of demons. That is not a judgment; that is a logical conclusion.
Here are just a few of the meanings of asah: to work, to labour, to do; to acquire, to earn, to procure; to accomplish; to make, i.q. (the same as, or equivalent to) to form, to construct, to prepare, to build; to create; to bring about, to produce or yield.
God's intention never was to create Adam and Eve perfect at their creation. Rather, His intention, as the Master Potter, was to form the clay, and then, as any master potter does, shape it into a thing of great beauty. His intention always was to create Adam and Eve imperfect, and then from imperfection, produce perfection. Eternal life - that is, life as God has it, with His nature and free will. Universal Salvation.
To create Adam and Eve perfect, they would need a knowledge of full truth. As John 8:32 says "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Full truth was not available at that time, because mankind had no knowledge of evil and its consequences. It was only available in theory, which meant that at that time, God was not able to prove all things to Adam and Eve.
As for being perfect, even Jesus was not perfect. "Come off it, everyone knows that Jesus was perfect." Then everyone is wrong. Jesus was not perfect. Look at Hebrews 2:10: "For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings." If you don't believe it, read it again. Jesus was made perfect through sufferings. If Jesus was made perfect through sufferings, how on earth could He have been already perfect? Full truth was not available, even to Him, until after His death and resurrection. There was no evidence, right up to His death, that He would not sin, until it was proven.
Another thing which becomes apparent here, is: Who is responsible? The moment God said, "Let Us make..." that made God, and Jesus, responsible for the success of what was being made. The success of God's intention, and His will being put into action, rested upon their shoulders. They would be completely responsible for any failure. Everyone's perfection is, and always has been, in the hands of God. Taking everyone to perfection has never been a problem to Him. To God, it has only ever been a matter of procedure.
So when God said to Jesus, "Let Us make..." His intention here went beyond creation. His intention was to put into place what was necessary for His creation to eventually be perfect; and subsequently, all of His creations.
Be sure to read "Universal Salvation! Let Us make man in Our image Part Two."
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