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What does it mean that humans are made in the image of God? Romans 1 states that we should look at the things God made to understand the Godhead.

The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead . . . (Romans 1:20).

God Made Kinds!

Genesis 1 tells us that God made kinds.

And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind . . . (Genesis 1:24 - 25).

Each kind was a male and a female (not yet a family). These later became a family (offspring, genetically related) as Genesis 8 states.

Every animal, every creeping thing, every bird, and whatever creeps on the earth, according to their families, went out of the ark (Genesis 8:19, NKJV).

The Earth Dominating Kind: Adam

Most Bible translations conceal an important fact. All through Genesis 1 and into Genesis 2 the Hebrew word translated as "man" is adam (Strong's Concordance #H120). This Hebrew word, however, is identical to the word translated as the proper name Adam (Strong's Concordance #H121) throughout the book of Genesis.

The correct translation, therefore, of verses such as Genesis 1:26 - 27 should have "Adam" or "the Adam" instead of the word man.

And God said, Let us make ADAM in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth . . .

Adam is a kind which became a family, named after the first created man. If we are going to look at God's creation to understand the Godhead, shouldn't we be looking at that very creation that is made in God's image?

In the Beginning was the Woman

And the woman was with Adam and the woman was Adam! The scholarly world knows what most of Christendom doesn't grasp. The dictionary definition of "Adam" is: 1) The name of the first man . . . 2) man (Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary, 1994). Yes, Adam is the name of the father of the human race but also the name of the kind we are! Notice the correct translation of Genesis 5:1 - 2 from the Hebrew.

This [is] the book of the generations of Adam (Strong's Concordance #H121). In the day that God created Adam (Strong's #H120) in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called THEIR name Adam (Strong's #H121), in the day when they were created (Genesis 5:1 - 2, emphasis added).

John 1:1 states the following.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the word was God (John 1:1).

Two beings exist here. All things were created by him (the Word). He still has the Word as one of his names, too.

And his name is called the Word of God (Revelation 19:13).

In Genesis 1 we find the following.

In the beginning God (Hebrew: Elohim) created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).

Elohim is plural. There is more than one being here also! "Let us make man in our image . . ." (Genesis 1:26) which is more than one being here also. Notice there is only one image of God! God beings all have one image!

Adam is the name of the first man. The whole family of man is called Adam in the Bible and in Webster's Dictionary. ". . . the Father (God) of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named" (Ephesians 3:15). The whole family of God is called God.

God, the Holy Kind

Adam (mankind) is a kind made in the image of the God kind. God is a kind becoming a family through the Adam kind! Notice that even the Jews understood that to be a son of God meant that you were the same equal kind of being.

Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God (John 10:32 - 33, KJV).

Mother of the God Family

Yes, Galatians 4:26, says that the Jerusalem above is the mother of us all, but this is an allegory: "which things are an allegory." Why did Adam call the woman Eve?

And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living (Genesis 3:20).

Eve is the mother of everybody, even Jesus Christ, except herself, Adam and God the Father! Half of all the family genetics comes through the mother. God the Father is called "the Father of Spirits" but not the father of our genetics. But we are the "offspring of God" (Acts 17:29). The word "offspring" is genace (Strong's #G1085) in the Greek. It is where the English word "genetics" is based.

In Revelation 22:16 Jesus says he is the "root and the offspring (genace) of David." We know how he is the genetics of David, but how is he the "root"? Jesus is also called the "only begotten of the Father" (John 1:14). The Greek word translated in this verse as "only begotten" is mono-genace (Strong's #G3439), the only one with the genetics of the father. He is the firstborn (proto-tokos as found in Romans 8:29, Colossians 1:15, etc.), the first child. But he is the only one with the genetics of the Father God. How can this be?

At this point many will fall away to the ethereal "but this is physical stuff and God is spirit we can't understand." Saying we can't understand is a slap in the face to Romans 1:20. Notice that Levi is spoken of as existing in the loins of Abraham, his great grandfather (Hebrews 7:9 - 10)! This is genetics.

The Golden Calf: One Kind, Not One Being!

Notice that Aaron made only one calf, yet it was called "Gods" (Elohim, plural in Hebrew). This is substantiated in Acts 7:40 - 43, where only one calf is mentioned yet called "gods" (theoi, plural in Greek). The Israelites were not so stupid as to think that the gold which was their bracelets and necklaces the day before was now God. They wanted to know what the God kind looked like (Acts 7:43, "figures which you made to worship the host of heaven").

The golden calf represented what they thought the god kind looked like. But God has an image to know what Elohim looks like. He created the Adam kind. This is one reason why even criminals condemned to die were not to be left hanging overnight. It was the image of God which beasts could tear and mutilate.

Eve, the Glorious Clone

God created the various kinds. They are genetically related. God did not make the Adam kind as two independently created beings, but took the rib from Adam and built it into a woman. Sex is not the only way reproduction can take place. We have long known that identical twins come from the splitting of the initial cell. In these last days (when knowledge is increased) we have accomplished cloning. But cloning and twins always produce the same sex. Why did God not make the woman out of the dirt as the first man?

The key lies in the answer to other questions. Why is Jesus not only called the offspring (Greek genace, genetics) of David, but the "root" of David? And we are called the offspring of God (Acts 17:29). And why is Jesus the only-begotten, the "mono-genace," the only genetics of the Father, and yet we are called the offspring of God? And how could a God being engender with an Adam being and produce offspring (Kind only can produce after their kind)? Because the God kind has the same genetics as Adam kind.

Genetics is the pattern, the blueprint of how to assemble a body. Our genetics takes the eaten flesh of a fish and breaks it down and reassembles it as our human body. If we fall into a pool of piranhas, they will eat our flesh and their genetics will change it into fish flesh. The genetics of God can assemble a body of flesh or spirit. The pattern is the same (Note that Levi is spoken of as existing in his great-grandfather Abraham, Hebrews 7:9, 10). David said all his parts were known (Psalm 139:15 - 16). That is one reason it is written "I said ye are gods (Elohim)" (Psalm 82:6, John 10:34).

1Corinthians 11:7 reveals to us that man is the exact image of God, but the woman is a little different; the woman is the glory of the man.

For a man indeed ought not to cover [his] head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man (1Corinthians 11:7, KJV).

Being cloned from Adam, the woman would have been the same sex. So God had to "build" (Hebrew) the woman: one set of chromosomes different, some different hormones. This created the female of Adam kind. Verses 8 and 9 remind us that the woman is of the man and created glorious for the man. But what does this mean?

Both the woman and the man have the same genetics! But where did the genetics come from? From a God being! The very fact that Jesus is the "only-begotten of the Father," the mono-genace, the only genetics of the Father, tells us the God kind has genetics! The various animal kinds cannot engender across the kind barrier. Yet man is special in that God engendered with a woman the Son of God. Jesus is the only one whose body is thus engendered.

The Root of David Through Adam

The root comes from the planted seed and has all the genetics that go to make new seeds.

The Word of God (Jesus, Revelation 19:13) formed Adam of the ground, making a clay "dummy." But though all man's elements come from the ground, how did they all get into the right place: calcium to skeleton, heart tissue to a heart, etc.?

In these last days we use MRI (magnetic resonant imaging) to take pictures of the body. Powerful magnetic fields make molecular parts "jump." How fast they jump tells what kind of flesh it is. Can we see something like Jesus moving his spirit genetic pattern over the clay dummy to have molecules pulled into place to form a human body in the exact image of Jesus (The first Adam is Jesus' genetics in Adam; the second Adam is Jesus' spirit in a body half of Adam genetics). What is now left to do to this lifeless image? Why, CPR of course; blow in the breath of life!

The Beginning of the Creation

Some have been confused by the scripture in which Jesus refers to himself as "the beginning of the creation of God" (Revelation 3:14). But Jesus is the firstborn. The ultimate creation of the God kind is the Family of God. A family is genetically related. Jesus has half of the genetics of the father and half of his own back through Adam and Eve!

The Adam kind will all be variations of the genetics of Adam and Eve, which genetics is that of the Word of God. The Christ is referred to in Isaiah 9:6 as "the Everlasting Father" or the father of eternity. Jesus is our father through Adam and Eve. He is the one in Luke 3:38 "Adam, which was the son of God." God the Father is the Father of our spirit, Jesus is the father of our genetic body! The Plain Truth is not hard to understand, just hard for most to believe!

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