WITH HIS LIKENESS
BY: RAY PRINZING
“As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness.” (Psalm 17:15)
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Gen. 1:26) God is producing after His own kind. “Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.” (James 1:18) We know that “God is Spirit”, and that He is the “Father of spirits". Surely, therefore, to be brought forth into the image of God means that we must be partakers of the realm and substance of “spirit”, not only to freely move in the realm of spirit, but to be of that pureness of spirit as He is pure. Hence the cleansing away of the defilement of other spirits, spirit of the world, spirit of envy, etc. And how blessed to know that as we have “borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” (I Cor. 15:49)
While the Hebrew word for “image” is “tselem” and is in the masculine gender, coinciding with all our thoughts on the spirit realm, we find that the Hebrew word for “likeness” is “demuth,” in the feminine gender, which takes us into the whole realm of personality, and that, which includes the soul. Since the new creation man shall be brought forth fully united into one, with the soul joined into oneness with the spirit, it is beautiful to see this all joined together with the words “image and likeness”. Surely this shall be the development of character to a superlative degree, and redound to the praise and glory of our God.
It is blessed to know that we are being joined unto Him in one spirit, and wonderful to know that when He has completed this divine inworking, all the manifestation of our personality, will, emotions, intellect, shall be of His own divine nature. And it is, also, a real cause for rejoicing to know that He shall “change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body.” (Phil.3: 21) This will complete the triad, image, likeness, and glorious body, all “after His kind”, to manifest His glory.