When we hear the words from Genesis 1:26: “let us make man in our image and after our likeness”, we normally think of the shape that we see when we look in the mirror. At least that is what I thought for years.
I knew there was a part of me, living inside me, that would never cease to exist (I had a basic Christian Doctrine upbringing), but I never thought about that unseen part BEING ME!
When you aren’t born again, all of your consciousness centers in the physical realm: what the body wants, the eyes see, the ear hear, etc. etc.
It isn’t until you are born again, that your spirit comes alive to the fact that the spiritual dimension is just as real, or more real, than the natural dimension (depending on how renewed your mind is).
I was blessed to attend a church that taught about the New Creation Realities. I learned that I WAS a spirit. During those years, as I studied this verse in Genesis 1:26, I discovered that the words, ‘image’ and ‘likeness’ were two different words in the Hebrew.
Image (tselem) meaning to shade, a phantom, an illusion(figuratively), resemblance, a representative figure.
A phantom meant the most to me at that time because I could equate the word phantom with the word, spirit. A phantom is a spirit. In witchcraft they speak of phantoms appearing to people.
So I discovered that the first thing God had in mind when creating humankind, was to make us a spirit.
As I also thought about the verse in John 4:24 where Jesus said: “God is spirit”, it made perfect sense to me then that I WAS a spirit.
God is spirit.
He made me in His Image, therefore, I AM spirit.
The revelation of man being a spirit wasn’t completely revealed in the Old Covenant. Jesus hints at it in the Gospels, (that which is born of spirit is spirit, John 3:6). Paul majored on it in his writing regarding the Church, the Body of Christ and the new creation.
I learned songs about being a spirit, that helped me get my mind renewed to that FACT. We need some more songs written today that will help train people in walking in spirit-consciousness. New Creation consciousness.Click to listen to the accompanying Zoe Radio Network broadcast: