1 Corinthians 15:47-49 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
There is an unconscious tradition in my country and people do it without baring the implication in mind. When you inform someone about the birth of a child, the next question is about the gender. Another well outspoken question is who the child resembles. This taught me a lesson as I read through this passage today.
The question for us today is whose image are we? Do we still bare the image of the first Adam who is of the earth earthy or the image of the Last Adam who is the Lord from Heaven?
We live our lives bearing different images. Images are resemblance. Resemblance are not just facial but also in attitude and disposition. Jesus asked a very fundamental question when asked whether or not it right to pay taxes. “Matthew 22:20-21 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.
God made man in His own image such that they could grow into His likeness. It is a two way thing. Having the image of God(image) and growing into becoming like Him(inscription). A man of dominion is one who is and lives in the image of God and walks in His likeness.
Images are formed. Inscriptions are generated. What you expose yourself to is what you will become. Life bends us into various images. When people go through hard times or difficult situations, they come out forming an image and that circumstance model to them a pattern of living. No matter what we go through in life, Jesus remains the perfect model for us. Him alone are we allowed to look unto and look like. He is the last man. The image of God was lost in the fall. Adam could not give birth after the image of God but after his own image. But Jesus is restoring us back to the image of the Father, He being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person. That’s who we need to look upon.
Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;….”
2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
The challenge many times is we look unto other sources for help and models for life. We lose sight of Jesus by not looking unto Him enough. What you see is what you become. Like John stressed in his epistle, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;” 1 John 1:1.
Having heard the word of life, you need to see it, then look upon it so you can also handle it. It is until then you can be a through resemblance of Jesus having the ability to declare it. Keep your gaze on Jesus. That’s your destiny. You were created to be conformed to the image of the Son of God. God bless you.