Image of God?


The vast majority of Christians believe that man is in the image of God. Man WAS made in the image of God in the creation but is fallen man still a bearer of God’s image?

Emphatically NOT. Christ said of the unbelieving Jews,” Ye are of your father, the devil.” Is Satan in God’s image or his children? Fallen man has taken on the image of Satan and has nothing left of God’s image, not even an eternal soul, rationality, conscience or a will which the fallen angels still possess. Many large and well-known Christian organisations such as Answers in Genesis, the Christian Institute and Christian Concern (in the UK) believe in the sanctity of life BECAUSE man is in the image of God STILL. Not true! The image of God Scripture tells us consists knowledge (of God), righteousness and true holiness (Eph. 4:24, Col.3:10), this fallen man does not possess. Life is sacred because of man’s original dignity.This message deals with all the relevant passages:

Feast of Tabernacles (10)

Sung Psalm 122 (pilgrimage Psalm so appropriate for Feasts)

Reading Nehemiah 8:13-18

The altar, Zerubbabel’s temple and the walls of Jerusalem had been finished. It was the second day of the seventh month. The first day was the Feast of Trumpets and Ezra had started reading the Law and teaching it (Ezra 7:10). The leaders humbly come to him for further instruction (v13). Leviticus 23 was to be followed and a combination of types of trees were used to erect booths-thick branches for the structure, willow for binding and weaving and palm leaves for covering. They got much of these on the Mount of Olives near the city. They may well have added material drapes. The booths were made on rooftops (flat), in the courts (yards) of houses, in the temple court, in the streets near the Water Gate and Ephraim Gate where there was wide open space (v3). This keeping of the feast was the best keeping of it since Joshua’s day some 900 years before because all men came, made booths and dwelt in them. According to v18, Deuteronony 31:11-13 was obeyed and the eighth day was a special sabbath or solemn assembly (Lev.23:39) which later included a water pouring ceremony which Jesus used to teach about his life-giving Spirit (John 7:37-39).

Mortification of Sin (6)

The second general principle of the means of mortification .

  • The Spirit (is) the only author of this work.
  • The mistakes of many in this business.
  • The Spirit is promised believers for this work, Ezek. 11:19, 36:26 .
  • All that we receive from Christ is by the Spirit.
  • How the Spirit mortifies sin Gal. 5:19-23
  • How he works and what is our duty.

From John Owen.

Holy Spirit (B.C. and at Pentecost)

John 7:39

“Which they that believe on him should receive; the apostles, and others, that had believed in Christ, and had received the Spirit, as a spirit of regeneration and sanctification; as a spirit of illumination and conversion; as a spirit of faith and adoption; but on the day of Pentecost they were to receive a larger, even an extraordinary measure of his gifts and grace, to qualify them for greater work and service
for the Holy Ghost was not yet [given]; he was in being as a divine person, equal with the Father and Son, so he was from everlasting; and he had been bestowed in his grace upon the Old Testament saints, and rested in his gifts upon the prophets of that dispensation;
because that Jesus was not yet glorified; he had not as yet gone through his state of humiliation; he had not yet suffered, and died, and rose again, and ascended, and sat down at the right hand of God; for the Holy Spirit was to come upon his departure, and in consequence of his sufferings and death, and being made sin, and a curse for his people; and through his mediation and intercession, and upon his exaltation at the Father’s right hand; when being made, and declared Lord and Christ, this should be notified by the effusion of his Spirit;” (John Gill) see Acts 2:33.

Mode of Baptism

Notes from CPRC Bible study.

Baptism is not by immersion if:

  • the object is too big (tables Mark 7:4)
  • the object is in an unsuitable position (standing Paul Acts 9:18)
  • the object did not get wet (Noah, Israelites at Red Sea)
  • when baptism means something else (Christ’s sufferings, Hebrews sprinkling, Acts pouring)
  • when there are too many people (Acts 2 and John’s baptism of thousands)
  • when there is not enough water (Acts 8)
  • when it is necessarily ubiquitous w.g Arctic, desrts.
  • if baptism is by pouring  or sprinkling (Acts 2, Hebrews 9, Numbers 4:3,8:7-Christ’s initiation into priesthood)

The sign is WASHING, NOT A WATERY GRAVE. The problem is SIN NEEDING CLEANSED, new life follows.

The essential meaning of baptism is a RADICAL CHANGE nothing else.

Christ’s burial was a sideways entombment not a down into the ground. Spirit baptism which is what is meant to be signified by water baptism is an outpouring of the third person of the trinity onto the elect recipient. We are not immersed in the Spirit and then taken out of him! Baptism in essence means a radical change, there are many Scriptural baptisms where no-one saved got wet (Israelites at Red Sea, Noah, Christ’s in his sufferings etc). Baptism does not necessitate immersion, in fact it is the wrong mode. Christ’s blood sprinkles our evil consciences and Jeremiah prophesied clean water sprinkled upon God’s elect.…

Romans 6 is about……Spirit baptism NOT water baptism. Spirit baptism is from above (John 3:3,5), washing of regeneration is what it pictures, death and resurrection are secondary as we are united to Christ BY the Spirit.

Mortification of Sin (5)

  • A man who does not mortify sin is someone who thinks lightly of sin and is a professor characterized as in 2 Peter 2:10 and likely to apostatize.

“All those who truly belong to the covenant of God hate their sin. This is because sin dishonors and offends the God whom they love. This is the emphasis of the word “sin,” which means to “miss the mark.” In keeping with this, the psalmist speaks of sinning against Jehovah. Sin does this too: it disrupts the fellowship and friendship he had with God in the covenant.”*

  • Witnessing this hardens others and deceives them into thinking they can do the same.

* Rev. James Slopsema  Standard Bearer of P.R.C.A. March 1st 2018




The superscription over the Cross of Christ, written by Pontius Pilate read, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews“. Psalm 2 reads, “Yet I have set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.” Can any Christian believer foolishly argue against the clear teaching of Scripture that the Lord Jesus Christ is king of the church who are the true Jews, and the church is Zion, the true Jerusalem above (heaven), which is the mother of us all? (Galatians 4:26).