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The Image of God in You

As people of God and believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, we have been given the wonderful and extraordinary privilege of representing Him in the world today.  We have many opportunities to reflect and exemplify His love, which is not a feeling, but a result of the manifestation of God's Holy Spirit, along with the rest of the fruit of the spirit, in our hearts.  Love is defined by the word "agape" in the Greek language. It is a virtue that is characterized as "fruit" in contrast to "works" of the flesh. In fact, love can also be described in terms of "cause and affect." When we allow the fruit of God's love to manifest through us towards others it causes incredible things such as healing and restoration of relationships, recovery from physical ailments, and inner peace of mind to occur.  The resulting affect is that lives are changed for the better.  As Christians we have been ordained by God to share the fruit of the spirit as we live, work and interact with others every day. (Galatians 5:22)
 
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
 
It is very important for us to recognize that the world is looking for answers and solutions to its issues and problems, and they are looking for that which is real and genuine.  God has released His Church, the ecclesia, as a part of His heavenly kingdom and governmental organization, into the earth to express the "fullness of the stature of Christ" before people as we live among them daily. (Ephesians 4:13)  You and I have been chosen by God to be change agents, kingdom ambassadors, emmisaries and diplomats in this world.  In doing so, we must utilize all of our gifts, talents, abilities and expertise to share the gospel of the kingdom with them, but not without the fruit of the spirit.  When we aim at doing this we will inevitably fulfill and maximize our own potential.  Contributing to the well-being of others is the highest and most commendable way to personal fulfillment and self actualiza-tion. 
 
In order to effectively communicate with the people of our generation we must reflect the image of Jesus Christ with authenticity.  In doing so, an important question to answer is, "What does the image of Christ look like, and how do I acquire it?"  First of all, Jesus Christ was the "brightness" or reflection and embodiment of God in the flesh.  He was the "express image" of God as seen in Hebrews 1:3, which is derived from the Greek word "charakter", representing the "exact expression, or impression as when metal is pressed into a die, or as a seal upon wax."  In fact the Scriptures tell us that in our Lord and King Jesus Christ "dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily."  (Colossians 2:9) 
 
Hebrews 1:3, "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high."
 
Our primary aim and desire should be to exemplify and emulate the same kind of character that Christ did while He was here on earth understanding that God is love, and God is holy.  (1 John 4:16; 1 Peter 1:16)  Love is not simply what God does, but expression of who He is.  Likewise, holiness is not what God does either.  Holiness is who God is.  It is His nature.
 
In the book of 2 Corinthians 3:18, it helps us to understand much more about the process that occurs when we devote and commit ourselves to being transformed into the "image" of the Lord. 
 
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."
 
First of all, no one who is born again by the Spirit of God is exempt from the process of being changed "into the same image" of our Lord.  However, there are stipulations on how this amazing transformation process is to occur.  There must be an "open face" on the part of every individual in order for it to take place.  What this means is that everyone, without exemption, has to come to God with his or her heart and mind open to receive exactly what God wants to do in our lives, without pre-conceived ideas, barriers of our past religious experiences, forms of internal resistance, or anything else that would hinder and even stop the process of transformation from occurring.  We must simply allow the Holy Spirit to do His job as we pier and look into the mirror of God's word ever day. Oh what a glorious change that occurs in the hearts and lives of anyone who would dare to trust God and allow Holy Spirit to perform a complete make-over in our inner man, hearts and minds.  It will take us from "glory to glory" into a realm and dimension or place in God that we only dreamed about before.
 
James 1:25, "But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."
 
In response to the question asked in the beginning of this week's blog, "What does the image of Christ look like, and how do I acquire it?"  The image of God is His character.  It is the reflection of His attributes, manner of life, and way of doing things as expressed through the life of His Son Jesus Christ while He lived on in this world.  You see, Jesus came to restore us back to the Father, and to redeem, deliver, and set us free from sin, satan's stronghold, and all evil.  Our Lord and King Jesus Christ came that we "might have life, and have it more abundantly."  (John 10:10)  The way to ensure that you acquire the image of God is through the transformational process that happens when you meditate upon the word of God every day, allowing the Holy Spirit to illuminate your heart and mind.  This brings the believer into proper alignment with God in character and holiness as we are "washed by the water of the word."  (Ephesians 5:26)  It is the word of God that cleanses us and rids us of our old ways, belief systems, manner of doing things, and expressing ourselves that is contrary and hostile to the Spirit and nature of God Himself.  The word of God is the "perfect law of liberty." It sets us free, not to live carnal, fleshly, irresponsible, reckless or self-centered lives that are void of responsibility and purpose, but to be able to serve God freely and to do His will pursue His purpose, plans and Kingdom in such a way that we become an authentic reflection of the Master of our souls, Jesus Christ the King of kings and Lord of Lords.
 
I want to encourage you to allow Holy Spirit to minister in your heart and life today.  Allow Him to continue the incredible work and process of transforming you into the "image" of our Lord and King as you study the word of God and hunger and thirst for His righteous every day.  Remember, the most important meal you can eat every day is the word of God. Thank you for joining this week's blog conversation. 
 
 
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Toiya Moffatt on Thursday, July 28, 2011 5:55 AM
The love of Christ is not only an image that we must capture but it is the basis of which all of our works must be founded on in order for the kingdom of God to manifest in the Earth and God's favor to abound greatly in our lives. Several times over love is mentioned in the Word of God. In order to please God you demonstrate it through love and the obedience to his commandments. In order to properly know how to treat others you must first love yourself(Matthew 19:19). In order to forgive you must love your enemies (Matthew 5:44-46).
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Dr Bethtina Williams on Thursday, July 28, 2011 2:24 PM
Hello Toiya, thank you for sharing your comments on this week's blog topic. I enjoyed how you brought emphasis on the love of God in our hearts. When we allow the fruit of the spirit to flow through us to others it is a reflection of our new nature in Christ Jesus our King, and we also reflect His image to them as well. Our goal is to live our lives in such a way that the image of Christ is reflected through us authentically. The fruit of the spirit is not "works", but it is the result of having a change of nature at the new birth, that is represented by having godly character which brings corresponding actions that result in blessing others for the glory of God. Again, thank you for joining us on this week's blog. I look forward to hearing from you again soon.


Dr. Stanley D. Williams on Friday, July 29, 2011 10:47 AM
The key to mature Christianity is transformation. The initial born again experience is only part of the needed process of creating a new creature in Christ Jesus. The initial experience fulfills the process of reconnecting the believer to the Father, but it does not deal with the thinking process. God is interested in mature Son's and Daughters. So, through Paul He gives us the necessary and complete formula for total transformation in Romans 12:1-2. Romans 12:1-2, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." The process of maturity as established by the Holy Spirit is as follows: 1. Being born of the spirit. 2. Presenting the Body to Christ as a living sacrifice. 3. Renewing the mind through the Word of God. This three step process takes a man or woman from infancy into maturity in God. Every person who seeks after God will be born again through confession of Christ and renewal of their spirit. However afterward a solid commitment must be made to live a pure and Holy life before God, this is called presenting the body wholly to God. Finally God speaks of a mental process that must take place. The mind of the believer is literally transformed from an old way of thinking to a new way of thinking. Now you have the total package a born again spirit, a sanctified body and a transformed mind. Hallelujah!
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Dr Bethtina Williams on Friday, July 29, 2011 11:15 PM
Dr. Williams, once again thank you for sharing your wonderful insights with us on this week's blog. I especially appreciate your description of the process that occurs from the beginning stage of a new born Christian to a mature one. The way that you slowed the process down and expounded on it is very important for us to understand and comprehend, because it lets us know that we journey in stages, and maturity does not happen overnight or in a short period of time. After making a spiritual commitment to God, then we must commit ourselves to the process of renewing our minds by the word of God, which necessitates a corresponding change in how we think, respond, and act in accordance with what God prescribes. The ultimate goal for every Christian is to allow this transformational process to be served fully so that we can reflect the image of Christ through the fruit of the spirit and share it with the world.


Nikki Godbolt on Friday, July 29, 2011 6:18 PM
Romans 12:1,2 is the verses that comes to my mind, we all know it very well, a portion of it says, "be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. I believe that the transformation process is essential and key in the life of every believer. The only way we can ever obtain the image of Christ we must stay in his word, the mirror that shows us who we really are, the mirror that reveals to us how dirty we really are, and the mirror that shows us how clean we have become. I believe this is why Satan try so hard to keep the saints distracted and busy with the cares of life, because he know that if we ever truly stare in the mirror long enough he's through. For the word of God is not only a mirror but it is like fullers soap, it will expose and wash away every dark area in our lives, so that the enemy will have no grounds on which to stand. As long as he still have ground he can express himself from time to time, but when his ground is take and the Word is reigning, then theres only one image being seen by men and that is the image of Jesus Christ!
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Dr Bethtina Williams on Friday, July 29, 2011 10:00 PM
Nikki, thank you for sharing your comments with us on this week's blog. I agree with you that we must continue our journey of studies in the word of God in order to be transformed into the image of our Lord and King Jesus Christ. The word of God is the absolute highest and final authority for all things, and it clearly reveals the condition of our hearts as we continue to gaze into it. As Christians we have been given the responsibility to ensure that our hearts and lives are renewed and transformed from the world's way of doing things, thinking, and believing to God's way of thinking, behaving and responding. In doing so, we are able to represent the Kingdom of God appropriately and authentically, which denys the wicked one the opportunity to express his diabolical and manevolent ways, agenda, and schemes. Nikki, I want to encourage you to continue to seek God through His word and prayer daily. God bless you.


Trace fields on Saturday, July 30, 2011 4:34 PM
Elder Nikki I love how you said if we stay in the mirror long enough the devil knows he is through. I started thinking of when we get a new outfit and we put it on to wear and we stand in that mirror knowing we are going to turn some heads. Some may use the phrase this is going to knock them out. Well just like you said as we look in th mirror called the word of God and constantly applying it to our lives we will knock out demons we will have power to cat don devils and our image is constantly being changed to that which resembles Christ and others will be looking and watching and wanting to know where can I get that which opens the door for us to tell them about Jesus.


Trace Fields on Saturday, July 30, 2011 4:28 PM
For me everything always comes to purpose. God preordained our purpose and destiny but in order to reach that destiny and fulfill his purpose we must fiirst reflect his image. in the word of God we can find both our purpose and how we can reflect his image. That illuminating light should shine through us so brightly that others take notice. When Moses had been in the presence of God his face was so bright that he had to cover it when he spoke to the people. We can have that same illuminating effect by meditating on the word of God day and night and putting app ing that word to our lives which will manifest the fruit of the spirit within us. others will be drawn to Christ through us as we continue to draw near to him. Thank you for this awesome topic this week Dr. Beth
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Dr Bethtina Williams on Sunday, July 31, 2011 9:10 PM
Trace, thank you for sharing your comments with us on this week's blog. I enjoyed what you shared in regards to our purpose and destiny being pre-ordained by God, and the importance of refecting His image in order to fulfill our destiny and purpose. When we continue to meditate on the word of God day and night (Joshua 1:8; James 1:25), then and only then will we be able to reflect the image of God to others by the fruit of the spirit as He shines through us. Again, thank for taking time to share your heart with us. God bless you.


Brian Brewer on Sunday, July 31, 2011 5:29 PM
Once again Dr. Beth, thank you for your wonderful and insightful teaching. The word of God can and will truly transform your life as you go forward in it with an open mind, so God can minister to the deep rooted issues we face. God sent the word that we might be set free from the bondage of sin and death, and surrender our lives to Him. To surrender your life to Him means you have given God the right to reign in you. If He reigns, that means you are subject to Him. Subjects will not do what they want, they do what the King says. To be righteous is really simple, because righteousness is not found in you, it is the righteousness of Him who is reigning through you. The bible says walk by the spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh, so the spirit is here to set us on course for total victory, if we can learn to yield to it. Therefore, Jesus left the spirit to navigate and illuminate the purpose in which God preordained for each of our lives. Jesus has left you and I a guide, but the guide will not lead unless we let him. I believe God has given us a barometer to measure if we are truly walking in the spirit. The only way we can effectively produce fruit is if the spirit of God is present. The evidence is found in Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Now the image of God is made manifest in the earth by your will.
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Dr. Stanley D. Williams on Sunday, July 31, 2011 9:41 PM
God bless you Brian for your insight, it is true the evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer is fruit. This is not fruit that we produce, this fruit is produced by the presence of the Spirit of God residing on the inside of us. In other words if the spirit is not present there will be no fruit. Fruit is not produced by good works, it is not produced by following the law it is produced by the presence of the Spirit actively operating in each of our lives. Amen!


Travis Mimms on Sunday, July 31, 2011 7:48 PM
I love your comment "It is very important for us to recognize that the world is looking for answers and solutions to its issues and problems, and they are looking for that which is real and genuine." The Word of God must be the foundation of our lives. Every day we are constantly being advertised to by the media through T.V. commercials, newspapers, magazines, billboards, radio, news broadcast, Internet, etc. Most of the advertisements seek to appeal to our flesh such as food, gossip, scandals, drama, sex, greed, tragedies, war, etc. As a believer of Christ Jesus, it is very important that we read the Word of God daily so that we do not become conformed to this world and its lust, but we can be transformed wholly into His image as we read and meditate on the scriptures with open face and thus receive from God. The Word of God is a treasure chest full of wisdom and knowledge. As we become one with the Spirit of the One True Living God, we shall be that real and genuine answer throughout the worlds systems of economy, business, entertainment, education, finance, music, etc. If we fail to renew our minds daily by not reading the Bible, we will lose our saltiness as we will become more susceptible to the advertisements of the enemy. Matt 5:13-14
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.”
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Dr Bethtina Williams on Sunday, July 31, 2011 8:45 PM
Travis, thank you once again for sharing your comments with us on the MPL Blog Station this week. I particularly like how you brought forth the camparison regarding the fact that we are suppose to be "salt and light" in this world, and also the importance of studying or meditating upon the word of God day and night so that our witness is genuine and true before the those who aren't saved. If we allow ourselves to be influenced by the devices and spirit of the world, then we'll fail to represent Christ effectively, therefore neglecting the great salvation that He paid for with His own blood on the Cross. Travis I appreciate your dedication to the word and Kingdom of God. Keep the flame burning in your heart and God will reward you accordingly.


JD Smith on Monday, August 01, 2011 1:38 AM
The beautiful thing about is God is that He always uses and insists on the use of the basics and rests on them too - Relationship thru the Blood of Jesus His Son and our King and the Word of His and our Testimony. The beauty of this Blogs and other teachings of yours and Pastor Stan's are they are simple and pratical. This to me relects the fruit,wisdom and power of God you spoke of; man and religion are the ones who make getting to know God hard and difficult. I came to the realizationin the late 90's that God works on the K.I.S.S. (Keep-It-Simple-Stupid) principle. In other words God wants us to know Him in a continual intimate and growing relationship. The key and catalyst of destiny is change and this only comes by being Holy Spirit led and fed on the 'Bread of heaven'- The Word/Living Word. This includes both OT/NT - as Jesus says in Matt 13:52 "Then said He unto them,Therefore every scribe (disciple - JD's word)whichis instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things New and Old" -keep in mind When He said this He was prophseying the writting of the NT as Jesus came teaching and revealing the truth our Father placed in the OT! The Apostle Paul Said "All the promises of God are yes and amen in Christ Jesus" (2 Cor 1:20)and what you are sharing says to me we are to seek & to know, commune and understand Him in His Character, Person and Word. God Bless you Pastor Beth and Keep feeding me until I can't eat no more.
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Dr Bethtina Williams on Monday, August 01, 2011 11:24 PM
JD, thank you for sharing your comments on this week's blog conversation. It's always a joy to hear from you. You add a very unique perspective to our dialogue which is truly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you again soon. Kingdom blessings!


Candice Mimms on Monday, August 01, 2011 5:59 PM
I received so much with the following statement: “Love is not simply what God does, but expression of who He is. Likewise, holiness is not what God does either. Holiness is who God is. It is His nature”. I was able to really grasp the fact that Jesus was authentic in love and holiness because He was and is love and he was and is holy. Jesus was consistent, never wavering. Being consistent is the key. In order for us to become effective and productive individuals we must be consistent in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness. We must be consistent in having the character of God. It must be our very nature, just as it was for Jesus. If it’s not a natural thing to us, we’re likely to go awry and use other characteristics that are not of God. This is why it’s important that we stay in the word of God so we understand how we ought to be (Proverbs 23:7). Exemplifying the character of God will become natural to us once we remain in His presence and focus primarily on His word.
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Monday, August 01, 2011 11:11 PM
Precisely!!! Candice, thank you so much for sharing your incredibly accurate, very clear and simplified comments regarding this week's blog. You hit the nail on the head. Your perspective is right on point. God bless you as you continue to pray and gaze into the "perfect law of liberty." I look forward to hearing from you again.


Marsha Wilson on Monday, August 01, 2011 8:59 PM
I was truly blessed by what you have shared concerning the image of God. Many people have heard or know from personal experience that whatever we put focus on, continually gaze at or give our attention to for an extended length of time we'll begin to conform to whatever (it) may be. Joshua 1:8 tells us "This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in the word day & night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success". I believe an automatic by product of meditating in the word is living the word, speaking the word, and exemplifying the word. Jesus said in John 14:9,"he who has seen me has seen the Father", as we live our lives in accordance to the Word of God, people will see the image (character) of God. Displaying God's image is what I want to do each day.
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Dr Bethtina Williams on Monday, August 01, 2011 11:20 PM
Marsha, thank you for sharing your comments on this week's blog. The word of God is the instrument and prayer can be equated to the vehicle of transformation in our lives. As we allow Holy Spirit to work within our hearts through both prayer and the word of God the transformation process becomes more effective and the results more apparent. Holy Spirit will help guide us into all truth and living authentically via the fruit of the spirit as we reflect the image of Jesus Christ our Lord and King.


Sharon Weber on Wednesday, August 03, 2011 1:12 AM
The Image of God in You - The information shared is gripping, very thought provoking and a powerful message of how God's presence should be represented. Each day, I hope and pray what is reflected from me to others is God's love and holiness. He tells in his word to be ye holy for I am holy (I Peter 1:16). Your reminder to all of the ordination by God to share the fruit of the spirit as we live, work and interact with others every day is a true mark of choosing to do it right so others will see and know the result of living a life fully charged for Jesus Christ. God Bless!
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Vickie Williams on Sunday, August 07, 2011 2:18 AM
The Image of God in You- Thank you Dr. Beth for helping us to understand that love and holiness is who God is- it's his nature. We were created in His own image,in the image of God created He him(Gen 1:27). Although Adam and Eve sinned against God- He loved them so much that He clothed them (Gen. 4:21). For God "so loved" us and gave his only begotten son for us (Jn. 3:16)indicates how important it is that we too must "so love" in order for His image to be in us. It's not difficult if we remember that's it's not our love that we give, but it's His love (it is the image of God in us). I Corinthians 13 says, "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (love),I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so I could remove mountains, and have not charity (love), I am nothing. Because we are the expressed image of God in the earth we must "Let our light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matt. 5:16).
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