In His Image

Russell Yates 01/01/12

Why Should I Read this Message?

  • The Gospel is presented in a new and unique way. If you are an unbeliever, it could bring you to Faith.
  • If you are a Believer, this message should deepen your Faith in ways I will explain.

Procedure

My logic is based on the following: creatures do not evolve from one species to another, and the Bible is without error.

If you read the entire article, it should take about 45 minutes. Instead, you may choose to read portions:

  • Chapters 2-6 tell what it means to be created in the image of God. These five chapters should be read carefully, and in order, since each chapter builds on the previous one.
  • Chapters 7-11 are for unbelievers and those seeking a closer walk with the Lord.
  • Chapters 1 and 12 have to do with the end times.

Ultimate Temptation

Satan’s temptation in the Garden must be the ultimate because it seeks to put the creature on the same level as the Creator.

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Genesis 3:4-5 NKJV

The same temptation continues to haunt the human race. Every man comes into the world thinking he’s God. “Truth is everything as I see it!” That’s the unspoken attitude of each man, and being a Christian doesn’t seem to make a difference.

The first objective of this paper is to convince each reader that he is not God. To be thus convinced has to be the most humbling experience any person can have.

Blessed is the man who knows he might be wrong.
Alan Redpath

Using Scripture and logic, I will show that each man is an eternal being, a created god, whose calling is to joyfully and confidently surrender his will to that of his Creator.

First, one surrenders to the love of God: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, [on the Cross] that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV). Then one learns to surrender to God’s authority.

The Result

This teaching should cause you to be humble, to serve your fellow man, to be cooperative, and to respect the opinions of others.

Like Jesus, your desire will be to please the Lord. “And he that sent me is with me. . . for I do always those things that please him” (John 8:29 KJV).

An Increase in Knowledge

According to Daniel 12:4, knowledge will increase as we approach the end [of the age]. Electronics, communication, space, and weaponry come to mind, but there’s more.

God is opening our understanding of Scripture as never before. At this time I can give four examples, but there has to be many more.

Heaven, by Randy Alcorn gives us a quantum jump in understanding the Faith. Heaven will not be somewhere up in the sky; it will be on a restored earth where resurrected people dwell with the Lord—Emmanuel! God with us!

The Harbinger, by Jonathan Cahn, is another good example. Our SS class, The Open Door Fellowship, taught by Jim Moore is a third.  In His Image, by yours truly is a fourth.

It’s been over a year since I started In His Image, and I’m still in amazement that the Lord would allow me (with help from my friends) to actually put it together.

Our knowledge of spiritual things is increasing, but this is just the beginning.

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
Habakkuk 2:14 KJV

Overview

In His Image begins with our present world turmoil and concludes with the Second Coming of Christ. This material is new and different, so if you’re not used to thinking “outside the box,” you’ll need to fasten your seat belt. Getting older is no excuse for not being teachable.

Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:3b KJV

God expects of us both discernment and humility—humility to learn as a child, and adult discernment that tells the difference between truth and error. If you think I’m wrong somewhere, please let me know. Hey! We all need teaching and correction.

You can click to read In His Image, or first read about the author.

References are linked to BibleGateway.com. To return to the article: At your browser, click on “Back.” From the Table of Contents, you can choose a chapter. To return to the top of the page: Use the keyboard, and press “Home.”

The Author

The ideas expressed in this document started as a simple statement in Sunday School; then became a single page; and then continued to grow to its present size of over 20 pages. The vision was clear from the beginning, but it was obvious I wasn’t communicating, so I was driven to better explain myself.

I’m not a theologian, but I do have the mind of Christ—see 1 Corinthians 2:16b. I’m a member of First Baptist Church Bryan, TX, USA, a born again Believer for more than sixty years. My church involvement has included lengthy periods of membership in the Pentecostal, Lutheran, and Methodist churches. Over the years, I’ve had some wonderful teachers.

My training includes a year at Detroit Bible College. I’m the author of Restoring the Father to the Family. For twelve years I was a professor at Texas A&M University. I’m a businessman and a family man—the husband of Theresa and the father of Deborah. My favorite Bible verse follows:

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
Luke 10:27b KJV

In October, 1948 at the age of nine, I trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior. Since then my life has been given to ministry—not from the pulpit, but in a personal way.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.
(Philippians 2:3-4, NIV)

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