More Christ-Like And Adam And Eve


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More Christ-Like And Adam And Eve

Galatians 22:23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

God our divine Father gave us the first fruits of his character. God is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and has self-control, a perfect example for mankind to aspire to be. So how can we do this?

We have to know Christ so knowledge of him is paramount, the more we learn the more we become like him, but is this enough?

Ephesians 4:14-16

“That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”

The Christian life is primary to glorify God, then the focus is others which are a combination of attitude and actions that work together to magnify the Lord.

Adam was created first but the creator soon realised that man needed a companion, it was not good to be alone. Adam had part of the image of God, so the Lord created a woman from one of Adams’ rib to compliment him in life. Eve also had part of the image of God.

So what does this mean broken down?

God created marriage as an institution and a man and a woman with the first fruits of Gods image. When combined two become one. Two parts of the Lords character are combined together with all the characteristics of Male and female traits. 

God is love, so when a man and a woman combine his character they become one body.

Mark 10:7-8

“And the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

If we love as one body then sex is different if we objectify the act only. God blesses sex within marriage, sex becomes a melding of the characters of God blessed in love for one another and God that created the institution. When we love as one we have joy and peace.

Ephesians 4:2

“With all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Unity of the spirit in the bond of peace is key to a happy marriage we are all human, and trials are sent to tempt us. But God is long-suffering and we should be Christ-like and follow by example.

It takes a great character to be kind in the face of adversity that’s why God gives us his character as a blessing within marriage. kindness goes a long way in developing a Christlike character, as well as eliciting kindness in others toward us. Plant seeds of kindness and you will reap a spiritual harvest of blessings. God is truthful in everything he does, this characteristic makes us faithful, dedication and commitment to one another breed loyalty as God is loyal to mankind, firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty to one another and Christ.

Gentleness is something Christians must learn. It is a trait that is godly, and as his children God expects us to become gentle, as he is. Proper temperament and meekness make a better disciple of God.

Philippians 4:5

“Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.”

How do meekness and gentleness relate to one another? Meekness is both internal and external in its execution in one’s life. Gentleness is one of the best English words to express the outward operation of meekness. We must have self-control and is one of the fruits of the spirit. 

2 Peter 1:5-7

“Fruitful Growth in the Faith

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.”

Feelings, impulses and worldly desires are eaten away by the glorious work of The Holy Spirit. The fruit of the spirit then flourishes watered by Christ as we are the branches upon which the vine or Jesus Christ hangs the nutritious fruit he produces for us. The Bible is clear that Adam had no human parents and was created by God with a mixture of physical and spiritual attributes.

Adam and Eve were fully created with attributes of God different from animals. Adam and Eve were equal in spiritual status to fulfil a critical role with each other and to be stewards. God gave them a place to live in Eden. The creator made them communicate with one another and him, morally perfected with free will to be as much in the character of God as it’s possible for a created being. 

God never made them omnipresence like him so he did limit his characteristics as there is only one God. They were the first married couple and instituted his desires of one man and one woman only nothing mixed. 

After sin entered and mankind was fallen people were given Mosaic laws under Moses to limit evil until Jesus Christ came to perfect the mandate, removing all apart from moral laws which God gave Adam and Eve at the start of creation.

Remember language and creativity needs a body to express the divine characteristics of the creator. God gave Adam and Eve dominion over animals and to be stewards, which means we care for them with body and mind. God honoured mankind in the flesh dwelling amongst us as Jesus Christ proving that we are members of the body of Christ. Communication is represented beautifully by the Trinity, three become one to fulfil the plan of God. Why did God create Adam first a man, not Eve a woman?

Man in Hebrew means “The Breath of God” Adam means “Red dirt or dark soil.” The man was created first as a leader, and to answer to the head of the Body in Christ. Adam first saw everything when he was created and understood fully the attributes of God, A man of Word to edify his future wife in Eve. In verse 26 of Genesis it said:

Genesis 1:26

“Let us make man in our image in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

Order first has to be established and our systematic God placed man in authority. The Lord created man first for Himself, to do his work and mission for Him. Fully developed, moulded into divine likeness in strength and in character to help with his creation. Eve was to accompany Adam and give help in his tasks. When God created Adam, Eve was still inside Adam and is part of Adam hence she was call Woman or from Man.

Male and Female are both created in God’s image. God is not a gender but transcends gender.

Genesis 1:27

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

The Bible uses masculine titles for God, such as Father and Son. It also employs feminine images for God, such as mother: 

Isaiah 49:15

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”

Isaiah 66:13

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you, and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.” 

midwife:

Isaiah 66:9

“Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?” says the LORD. “Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?” says your God.”

Whether masculine or feminine, all such images are anthropomorphism or personifications that reveal God to us in ways we can understand.

Anthropomorphism means:

the attributing of human characteristics and purposes to inanimate objects, animals, plants, or other natural phenomena, or to God. The God of the Bible is neither male nor female nor is he masculine or feminine. If God is understood in gendered terms, this would contradict the affirmation that God is Spirit:

John 4:24

“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

lacking physicality:

Deuteronomy 4:15-16

“Take careful heed to yourselves, for you saw no form when the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire, lest you act corruptly.”

That he is made Holy:

“Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said:

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;

The whole earth is full of His glory!”

Creation was designed to show the equality, compatibility and unity of the first man and woman.

The same source, shared the same flesh, made from the same ground, that had been personally enlivened by God’s own breath, everything God does breaths compatibility.

Genesis 1 and 2 shows that both men and women were given the same authority, an authority over the animals. But no man or woman is given authority over another person. There is no hint of any gender hierarchy among humankind before sin entered the world.

The husband should love the wife just like Christ loved the church. He first loved us and by knowing His love, we started to love Him. This kind of love, when shown to a wife, will lead to a successful and a prosperous marriage life.

Love is the essence of the Lords character and his greatest commandment. Children learn to speak by mimicking words they hear Adam and Eve were the first to speak a language taught by God and were told to be fruitful and multiply:

Genesis 1:27-28

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply.”

Children are a gift from God:

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,

The fruit of the womb is a reward.”

It is God’s plan and desire that each child is born according to his plan for us and that is through marriage. Godly children bring much joy and satisfaction to a marriage. The older you get and the more you mature, the more you realise that every other thing in this life is fleeting and will pass away. It is only our children that are lasting gifts that we will keep forever. A happy home is a happy heaven. Eve was not Adam’s fall his fall was loving her without thought of any wrongdoing, blessings in life from God are good it’s your decision if it will remain so.

So let a marriage develop a Passionate Relationship with God which will add stability to the child’s life. Parents are role models as the image of Christ. The parents should be the foundation of teaching the word of God. Understanding your child and their needs is through the love of Christ and to teach them to respect the Lord. Prayer and discipline nourish them to be a true disciple of God. Teach them, love, to tell the truth, honour their parents, manners, and never give up as Christ will lead them to salvation.