There is an advertisement on TV that asks people if they know why they are here on earth. Some say they don’t know and others say they don’t think anyone knows. Genesis 1:26-28, tells us that we are here to be manifestations of the image of our Creator, to have dominion over all the earth, to be fruitful and replenish the earth. Yahweh said, “’Let us make man 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 creeps upon the earth.’ So Yahweh created man in his own image; male and female created he them. He blessed them and said unto them, ‘Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’”
Peter said that we have been given everything we need to come into life and godliness. Through the Bible, we have been given enough information to show us how to be partakers of the divine nature of Yahweh . He has planted within each one of us a light of truth. He has sent us the Guide and Teacher. “According as his divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Pet. 1:3-4).
Christ said that we can be in the image of Righteousness, saying, “Be perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect,” (Matt. 5:48). James was persuaded that we ourselves “are” able to control everything about our selves “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body” (James 3:2).
Paul explained to the early Church that the Old Testament scriptures were inspired and preserved so we could learn righteousness, correct our ways, and be perfect; so that we will do only good works. “All scripture is given by inspiration of Yahweh, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of Yahweh may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
When Paul said to “let” this thought be in you, he was saying to exercise our minds, entertain our minds, interest ourselves in the idea that we can be in the image of Yahweh. To have Yahweh’s Spirit is to be spiritually connected to him; therefore, we can be in his image and after his likeness. “Let this mind be in you, which was also in our Anointed Savior: Who, being in the form of Yahweh, thought it not robbery to be equal with Yahweh” (Phil. 2:5-6).
Paul also said that Yahweh’s creation has an intense anticipation for this manifestation of Yahweh’s sons, and that creation will be delivered from the bondage of corruption, and they will come into this glorious liberty because they are his Children. “For the earnest expectation [intense anticipation] of the creature [creation] waits for the manifestation of the sons of God [the Supreme Divinity]. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who has subjected the same in hope, because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of Yahweh” (Rom. 8:19-21).
Paul said that we have been given a spirit of fearlessness, a powerful spirit, a loving spirit, and a very intelligent spirit. “For Yahweh has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7).
Paul recognized that Yahweh had given them the strength and ability to walk in righteousness and to know him. They were capable of knowing all truth because they were Yahweh’s children. He said that they had been translated into Yahweh’s kingdom, and he instructed his readers to walk in righteousness. “That you might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of Yahweh; strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son” (Col. 1:10-13).
Paul said, “Be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove [put into action and approve] what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of Yahweh” (Romans 12:2).
We can be transformed into the image of Righteousness by changing the way we think; we can prove what is good and acceptable, we can know and share the will of Yahweh. To do this we must wrap ourselves up with the Anointed Word just as a caterpillar wraps itself up before he can be transformed into a butterfly.
If our minds are transformed by the putting on of the mind of Christ, we will speak the wisdom of Yahweh. Paul said, “But we speak the wisdom of Yahweh in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which Yahweh ordained before the world unto our glory: which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Cor. 2:7-8).
We can have patience and function in complete wisdom, all we have to do is ask. “But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of Yahweh, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraideth [insult, taunt] not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:4-5).
Paul said that we can come into full maturity. We do not have to be tossed to and fro by false doctrines. “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of Yahweh, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ” (Eph. 4:13-15).
If we work to satisfy our fleshly nature we will act according to the fleshly nature. But if we “consider” righteousness and yield to the Holy Spirit, then we will be made righteous. “Be not deceived; Yahweh is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Gal. 6:7-8).
The overall message of the Bible is: we sow, we reap, and our words are creative so we might learn from our experiences what is profitable and unprofitable to life and our happiness. We are the dwelling place of a supernatural power named Yahweh, but his substance (Love, Wisdom) must be absorbed in us. We are like the larva that transforms into a butterfly when we change the way we think. We are to take on a new and higher nature; one that puts Yahweh into visible, solid form. We can manifest Life, Love, and Righteousness. We can function in wisdom and knowledge, and be creative and useful.
The Bible has records of laws (rules, commandments) that are productive to life and happiness. It has stories of the lawless and the righteous to prove the authenticity of Yahweh’s instructions. Christ said, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now. But when the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth: … and he will show you things to come,” (John 16:12-13). We are to hear and teach that which those in the time of Christ could not bear.
We are to be visible manifestations of Righteousness.