It is my heartfelt desire to impart to you, my reader, some basic understanding concerning the person that is God Almighty. In order for me to do that I must first tell you why I think I can do that. Do you understand what I am saying? If someone walks up to you and says to you, “Know God,” you might wonder, who are you to tell me about God? I am a human being just like yourself, and I was born right here on planet earth, just like you. The reason I think I can impart some knowledge about God to you is that the knowledge I do have has come to me from the horse’s mouth, so to say. God has told me about himself, and I desire to tell you some of what I was told.
How, has he talked to me, you might be asking? As it turns out it is God’s earnest desire that every single human being come to know him. To this end he has written a book about himself, in a way. That Book is obviously the Bible. I can’t imagine that that surprises you.
If I didn’t have a Bible I could know nothing about God other than he is extremely intelligent and extremely powerful. Both of those qualities I can deduce from the Creation of the Universe that he has made. I don’t need a Bible to inform me that the Universe was created by someone. All I have to do is listen to what the astronomers and physicists say concerning the Universe. The Universe has a beginning and it is perfectly made to astronomically precise tolerances. I don’t want to talk about the physics of the Universe because it will never tell us anything about the Creator beyond the fact that he is extremely intelligent and powerful. It cannot tell us about his person, what kind of person is he, what does he want, why did he create the universe? These are the most important things to know about God and the Creation just can’t answer them.
That being said and understood, we can come to know God through the Book that he has caused to be—the Bible—and only through this Book. How could an ant know the thoughts and desires of a human being unless the ant had been created with the capacity of understanding, and then the thoughts and desires of a human had been encoded into some ant language or other and given to the ant? And, here is the kicker, if said ant had been created with the capacity of understanding the human then he or she would not really be an ant at all. He or she would have to be a human type person crammed into an ant body. To do this would require a supernatural intervention of the ants creation. This is exactly the situation that exists between God and man. Man’s brain is not capable of understanding God even in the smallest degree. However human beings are much more than the sum of their molecules.
Genesis 1:26–27 Then God said, “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.” 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (NIV)
When the Bible says that God created man in his image and in his likeness it is not talking about the body. Our bodies are made out of energy/matter and God is not. God is eternal. Matter, that is, atoms and light and any form of energy has a lifespan. It is not eternal. In fact our own physicist have determined that time itself is a factor of energy/matter. Time, energy and matter are all part of the same mathematical equation. But eternity is not. Eternity cannot be made out of atoms and such because it would therefore not be eternal.
So, if God is not made out of energy/matter then what is he made out of? Well the Bible says that God is spirit. We do not know what spirit is, nor can we, I imagine. Spirit is what eternal beings are made out of, so to say. I say, so to say, because we really cannot know. We can know that God is a spirit and so are the angels.
John 4:24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (NIV)
Now, understanding this we can begin to understand the makeup of a human being. The ant in my story above is impossible because an ant just doesn’t have the capacity to understand the thoughts and motivations of a human being, because it is just an ant—nothing more. But a man is not just a man and nothing more. A man, or a woman, was created by God to be like God on the inside. If you were to strip away every bit of physical material from a human being, what would be left would be as much a child of God as any child ever born to a man and woman. Wow and double wow. If that doesn’t put goosebumps up and down your back then you just don’t get what I am saying here. Look at what I have quoted from the Bible below. You don’t have to read all the names of this, sometimes mind numbing repetition, but I want to point out something very interesting here. First of all God frequently hides very interesting and special things in the middle of what looks like nothing. And second I want you to see the interesting thing hidden here. It is in the last verse.
Luke 3:23–38 Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli, 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melki, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, 26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, 27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, 28 the son of Melki, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 29 the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, 31 the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon, 33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, 36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Kenan, 38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God. (NIV)
Did you see it? Did you see the interesting part that I am talking about; the part that relates to what I am talking about? The first time I realized what I had just read I laughed out loud. I was tickled pink at the understanding of what I had read many times but just didn’t really see, but now I could see. That is a very exciting thing. What I am talking about here is in the last sentence, in which it says that Adam is the son of God. In the same way that each of the others mentioned before Adam was a son of his father, Adam is a son of God. We are as much God’s very own children as any child you may bear or father is to you. That is huge. Wow and double wow. We are literally, and actually, godlike children hidden inside human being bodies.
We are really two types of being at the same time. As it turns out we are the only beings that have two natures. God and the angels are spirit. Every animal on the earth has only one nature, that is, the animal or flesh nature, but we humans are both animal and spirit.
Anything animal is subject to time, and will eventually die, but the spirit is eternal and exists outside of time. There never will be a time in which God is not, and the same is true for you. You, the real you, the you inside, is eternal and will be for ever and ever. Your body is temporary. Your body will grow old and die and eventually even the atoms that you were made of will cease to exist. But you, the person inside, is eternal and will never cease to exist. I know this because the Bible says it is so. Without the Bible then even myself would continue to be a mystery to me.
If you want to know the reason that you exist, then you must look to the Bible, because the world can only tell you about your body. God brought you into existence to be his child. It is beyond the scope of this article to explain the reasons for hiding such an amazing being inside an animal body. I will say now, however, that the reasons are excellent and the whole thing was necessary For now, you need to know that this is true. You are much more than your temporary body. In fact if you truly understand that you are in fact an eternal person hidden inside a animal body, then you can begin to understand that the importance on a scale of one to ten for your body and your spirit, is say one for your body and a solid ten for your spirit person. That which is for ever and ever must be infinitely more important than that which is here today and gone tomorrow. This truth starts to explain just how important the Bible is to you. You rush to the doctor if you body is hurt, but where can you go for an ailing spirit?
This article touches with the tiniest of touches the importance of the care of your spirit person. Your inner person might be created in the likeness and image of God, but it is nonetheless vulnerable to catastrophic hurt. You have a godlike potential but it is only in a tiny baby form. You can grow up to be an actual friend of God, but you can also grow up to be evil. God has given you the potential, but you must make your own life choices. You have it within you to choose love and you have it within you to choose self. Please keep in mind that you might not know what evil is—at least not yet.