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 heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26English Standard Version (ESV)) A better rendition of this verse would be to say that God created humans as His image or to be human is to be God’s imager. We are God’s representatives and this is why life is sacred. We as humans have been charged with control or dominion over the earth and all creatures that dwell within it. We were to be administrators over the earth just as the Heavenly Host had been charged in the beginning. Some as we know failed in this endeavor and were dealt with in a severe manner by God and sentenced to die like men and ultimately expelled from the Garden known as Eden.
A Psalm of Asaph.82 God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: 2 “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. 4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” 5 They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. 6 I said, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you; 7 nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince.”[a]8 Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations!
The entire earth was to become a garden and be administrated by God’s representatives as well as becoming the home, headquarters to God and his Council. God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it. This was the task or job description for God’s imagers brought about through procreation from Adam and Eve. As we know they and their progeny failed. Humankind sinned and fell short of God’s Glory. Had this not occurred, the earth would have gradually been transformed into a global Eden and we would have had everlasting life on a perfected planet living with God and His Spiritual Family. God loved humanity so He forgave Adam and Eve but the rest of humanity was destined to follow in Adam and Eves footsteps. We all sin and deserve death without God’s intervention (Rom: 6:23). We are mortal and sinners and we were in need of salvation. The inclusion of humans into God’s divine family and to be part of His administration and live in His presence gives amazing light to things the Bible states to us. It refers why the bible refers to believers as “sons of God” or “children of God” (John 1: 12; 11:52; Gal. 3:26; 1 John 3:1 3: 1-3). It explains why believers are described as being “adopted” into God’s family (Gal. 4:5-6; Rom. 8:14-6). It explains why we are said to be “heirs” of God and His kingdom (Gal. 4:7; Titus 3:7; James 2:5) and “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Pet. 1:4; and see 1 John 3:2). It explains why, after Jesus returns, he says he will grant believers “to eat of the tree of life, which is in paradise of God” (Rev. 2:7). It explains why he has promised to share the rule of nations with us (Rev.2:26-28), even his own throne (Rev. 3:21). We advance forward through this life back to Eden knowing Heaven will return to earth. This is what we will be doing in the afterlife-ruling with Jesus in the new global Eden. Everlasting life is not about playing harps and singing 24/7. It’s about discovering and relishing the unblemished creation in all its unimaginable fullness alongside God himself, the risen Jesus, and our fellow imagers both human and supernatural. Consider the following profound truth I received several years ago and it does have bearing on this you have read thus far and on a day to come- The Day of the Lord.
Prepare you for the blessings. It will be as though you stand in the valley, the mountains surround you, the blessings coming forth as lava into the valley. So much so the valley cannot contain it. And I shall lift you up. I truly have searched the heart. I truly have prepared you for the vision and the vision is mine and it is shared by you. And yes there shall be many ones called from the north, south, east and west for I shall cause it so. Many will come not knowing why, just as you have entered many places not truly knowing why. But in obeying and stepping out in faith, I do truly clarify. I do make your understanding clear. Yes this vision you see is great, greater even yet than what you see. For of the vision that you see is only the beginning part. And it shall be as a snowball that is rolling down a mountain and it becomes larger and larger ever larger for you see the end of this vision is the entirety of the Kingdom of Heaven. My Kingdom says God shall envelop all that has existed and the old heavens and the old earth shall pass away and all things restored as new. A garden, a lush garden of great beauty, full of peace and sanctity, for I govern this garden and it is reserved for those who are mine. Do not get anxious or worried about what you need to do or how you are to do it, for it is as stated, I do it through completely yielded vessels that offer up no obstruction, providing no deterrent for the free flow of the living running water of the Spirit. For truly those that are mine are led by my Spirit who has become your spirit, as your spirit becomes My Spirit. Your will and my will have become one. Now you can see how one can be one in mind and one in spirit with their Lord. For there is indeed no separation but a common purpose, and we have become a singular person and yet separate for I dwell in all places. You will see that it is not your mind that conceives plans, that formulates plans, but rather a new mind that interprets (discerns) my plan. A new vision that is my vision that fully sees and understands my call and new ears that will hear the voice of the true shepherd. And as I have declared my sheep will hear my voice and follow me. Your eye will tend to wander to decipher or distinguish but your spirit now knows unity. So if there is consummate unity how can there be separate vision or separate purpose. So your actions are in truth my actions or our actions. Think it not strange of the equality that I offer in partnership, for did not Jesus say he thought it not robbery to consider he equal with his father? But the distinguishing of this equality is with the knowledge and the wisdom to know that the Fount of this wisdom is the heavenly Father. And as I flow, you are the one that flows and you go to the place where I send the refreshment, the renewal, wisdom, knowledge, the discernment, healing, prosperity all the gifts I am. I spoke that since no one is greater, I am that I am but I become even greater as I expand and recreate myself through my willing and obedient servants, who as I have said are no longer servants but gods. Gods in the sense that I am the most high God and I bestow honor and inclusion to my own, my children as I build my family. I have created you in my likeness and image; I have given you my heritage. I have given you my bloodlines and your parentage. For I am spirit and in truth so are you and we have become one, so I ask you if I am in you and you are in me are we not then the all in all and does not the fullness of the Godhead prevail? Now you can see the source is the head and I am that source and you truly are the body, the sons of the Living Stream that carries water (Life) into the earth. So many things begin now that seem strange to the natural mind, so exciting so large that sometimes the mind may give way to fear as to how do I handle this? But you see the explanation I have previously given, there is no reason for anxiety or worry for the River flows and you are flowing and you will flow for evermore as long as I command that it be so, for I am the giver of life and that living water is life. Now you have that parched, scorched land and this water (spirit) is what brings that lush beauty to my garden which is you. So expect, anticipate, rejoice and understand that there shall be newness of thought and newness of comprehension. And you will find that many of the things you thought you knew before you did not have the full grasp of meaning for the thoughts of the Lord are higher and the ways of the Lord are higher than yours, infinitely so. So do not worry about thoughts anymore. For it shall be abundantly clear to you, abundantly clear I say again that it is I, it is we, it is you that prepared ambassador of the Kingdom of God who goes and speaks and does only that which is commanded by his Lord. Therefore, you can see why it is not your concern or worry but mine and I worry for nothing. I am Sovereign, I am all Power, and I am Almighty. And now you shall see my awesome power manifest in your house-temple. So lean upon me, just lean back, love me, seeking evermore to everlasting, be at peace knowing I know how to get your attention when necessary and flow, just flow. Shalom”.
The temple is also the Garden of Eden, full of lush vegetation and animals. In Ezekiel’s vision of the new temple (Ezekiel 40-48), he saw a temple built on a high mountain, whose courts were decorated with palm trees. The interior was decorated with more palm trees and cherubim. Ezekiel’s temple-garden was well watered, like Eden, since a river flowed from it that supernaturally gave life to everything else. (47: 1-12).
If taken at face value the last sentence or so, once again exemplifies the Lord’s presence in both heaven and earth simultaneously. I used to see these things more structural and did not consider the person becoming these things until one day I heard this. “People will go by this man who has been dead and desolate and they shall see life and beauty and say to themselves what has happened that caused this garden to come forth? What was dead has become life. Ezekiel 36:22-3 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleanness’s, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God. And I will deliver you from all your uncleanness’s. And I will summon the grain and make it abundant and lay no famine upon you. I will make the fruit of the tree (apples and oranges) and the increase of the field abundant, that you may never again suffer the disgrace of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil ways, and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves for your iniquities and your abominations. It is not for your sake that I will act, declares the Lord GOD; let that be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel. “Thus says the Lord GOD: On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the waste places shall be rebuilt. And the land that was desolate shall be tilled, instead of being the desolation that it was in the sight of all who passed by. And they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the Garden of Eden, and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ Then the nations that are left all around you shall know that I am the LORD; I have rebuilt the ruined places and replanted that which was desolate. I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it. “Thus says the Lord GOD: This also I will let the house of Israel ask me to do for them: to increase their people like a flock. Like the flock for sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem during her appointed feasts, so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of people? Then they will know that I am the LORD.” Amen.