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IN GOD'S IMAGE
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived
"It has indeed Mr Busybody. And I have another even finer home in the southern half of the states that I live in when the weather becomes less than comfortable in my country beach cabin, that is, this abode in which we are sitting at the moment."
"This is a beach cabin then? I must say you certainly know how to provide yourself with all the finer things of life. I can't think of a thing available to the world today that you don't have at your disposal."
"If there was, I'd get it son. Now, you have some questions you'd like to ask me. What might they be? I'm always at the ready to do a little bragging on myself, if you know what I mean."
"I believe I do Mr Impeccable. And this brings me to the topic of today's program. I understand that you have written a book entitled In God's Image. I wonder if you would tell me little about your book and what caused you to write such a book. I take it that your book is on the Spiritual side, and perhaps even Christian if I understand my doctrine correctly. What is there you have to tell us about being in God's image that those of the Church don't already know?"
"There's a great deal about God, and being in His image that's misunderstood by the churches. They assume, and they teach that God is something unattainable by man. Because of this misconception they don't even try to be in God's image. But in fact those who are baptized into the churches are already in God's image, and they don't even know it."
"I hadn't considered such a concept, but then again I hadn't thought about it either. Could you perchance explain what you mean when you say those in the church are already in God's image? I was always under the impression that Jesus was the only one in God's image, and to be in God's image we must be like Jesus. But as I understand it, in order to be in God's image, we must be like you. Am I close to on track with your thinking Mr Impeccable?"
"You've got it nailed son. I am indeed in God's image, and to be in God's image all one has to do is look at me and my mode of living."
"What you present is in great contrast to what I've always understood God's image to be. For instance, all this grandeur with which you surround yourself, your lust for the rich delicacies such as your Cuban cigars, your wine racks, your beer belly, and the many TV's showing programs I wouldn't want my debauched uncle to see. I was under the impression that Jesus, the One said to be in God's image, was against such things as I see here. I see Him as someone sacrificing Himself for the good of others, showing love to the loveless and the unlovable. You, on the other hand, have a reputation for being a, shall I say, hard-talking tightwad when it comes to the helping of others. I hope I haven't offended you by my being so blunt in my analysis."
"Not at all Mr Busybody, you said it more delicately than I've heard it said of me before. I am what I am, what can I say?"
"Thank you for your understanding Mr Impeccable. May I ask how you reconcile your lust for self-gratification with the dictates and the example of the One stipulated as in God's image? It appears to me as if you have gone completely contrary to His example."
"You hit it on the head when you said example son. When Jesus walked this earth He did live an austere life, one of helping the helpless. But that was before His resurrection. Consider after His resurrection. His life was totally different. He no longer taught the masses how to live, He no longer healed the sick. He caused fish to fill the nets of the disciples and ate of those fish. For forty days He walked this earth and did nothing we associate with the Christ of the New Testament. After His resurrection He was even more in the image of God than He was before the crucifixion. Doesn't that stand to reason?"
"I suppose it does Mr Impeccable. But the way you live is a far cry from how Jesus lived, either before or after His resurrection. How do you think Jesus would live had He remained on this earth longer than He did? Don't you suppose He would have done as He did before His crucifixion?"
"No I don't son. Jesus fulfilled all requirements on the cross. There was nothing left for Him to do, and as His body, there's nothing left for us to do. As the Head is, so is the body. The Head is perfect, therefore the body is perfect. The Head is sinless, therefore the body is sinless. What I do, is what Jesus would be doing if He lived in this day and time. Jesus is in the image of God, I'm in the image of God, therefore Jesus and God are like me. It only stands to reason son, it only stands to reason."
12Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (2Tim 3:)
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