And God 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 creepeth upon the earth-Genesis 1:26.
Reproduce – Is to make a copy, to produce an offspring
In the beginning, the man God created was created in both the image and likeness of God. An image is a representation or replica of one person or thing by another. The first dispensation innocence was governed by the Edenic covenant. Under this covenant, Adam had six obligations (1) to replenish the earth with children (2) to use nature for his physical needs including food and shelter (3) to have dominion over animal life (4) to eat fruit and vegetables (5) to labor for his sustenance (6) to obey God by abstaining from eating the forbidden fruit.When Adam was created, he was created in innocence, he was free from sin, he knew no evil, he was faultless. But after being influenced by his wife to eat of the forbidden fruit, he and his wife opened the door to sin through their disobedience to the Word of God, His instructions were for them to not eat of the forbidden fruit. Because of their disobedience; from the time they disobeyed God sin enter into the world. Because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, disobedience has been the primary reason people reject the teaching of the Bible, it’s not such much as people don’t believe the Bible as to them not wanting to submit to its teaching.
When God created Adam He created him in the image of Him, holy; when Adam reproduced he created man after his image, Cain took on the nature of his father, rebellion, defiance of authority. Jealousy wasn’t in neither of the parents until their disobedient open the door to sin which caused the sin of jealousy to enter the world, this is one of the reasons Cain murdered his brother Abel. Although Adam hadn’t killed anyone physically, because of his disobedience, it caused all mankind to die spiritually because of one man’s sin (For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive – 1st Corinthians 15:21-22). Adam and Eve weren’t just married to keep each other from being lonely, but they were to reproduce offsprings that would be holy and worship God in the beauty of holiness.
Many professing Christians attend church faithfully and they faithfully disobey the Word of God. When a Christian can continue to live opposite of the Word of God they are considered carnal (For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh, but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnal minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be – Romans 8:5-7).
Carnal minded Christians are reproducing other carnal-minded Christians because no one takes the time to read and study the Bible for themselves. So they live according to what they have seen of other professing Christians. Anytime a Christian can continue participating in the things of the world they are carnal Christians. The Word of God has instructed the believer to come out from among the world and be separated (Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you – 2nd Corinthians 6:17). We can’t do this without the Lord or the Holy Spirit, we can’t do this in our own strength; this is why in order to receive Jesus’ salvation that changes the heart, the heart has to be regenerated by the Spirit of God.
Yahweh, the Father reveals Himself to humanity in the person of Jesus Christ so that by the Grace, divine life and ability in Him, humanity can receive not just forgiveness of sins but admission into His family. We come into the Kingdom on the basis of the Grace of Yahweh, the Father, in Yeshua, Jesus and live in it by the same Grace. The reason why many fail in their Christian walk is that they are trying to live it in their own strength as well as not taking the time to read and study the Bible to see what is the Father’s expectation of them as His children. Once the truth is known through His written Word it is the individual choice to live according to instruction or reject it. Many are trying to live a Christian life, but also wants to live according to their worldly desires.
When one profess they are Christians, unbelievers go by what they see of the professing Christians actions and once they decide to be a Christian, they live according to what they saw others live; opposite of the Word of God; reproducing after their religion. In the beginning, mankind was created in holiness, and God has given mankind a way to return to holiness through His Son, Jesus Christ. If there is a will, Jesus will make the way that one can live in the beauty of holiness (According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue – 2nd Peter 1:3).
God will empower everyone that really wants to live a life that will be pleasing to Him through their will and their submission to His instructions. God will never control a person’s will unless they submit their will to Him. We’re not pleasing the Father when, we’re still attending secular concerts, dancing to secular music, smoking, drinking, drugging, and unmarital sex (Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind. Nor thieves. nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God – 1st Corinthians 6:9-10. God has not changed neither has His Word. Some may not be in this category, but they are fault-finders, judgemental, criticizing, gossipers, high-minded, hurt others by ignoring their presence. None of these actions are of the Father, but the person’s self-will.
When we live opposite of the Word of God, we reproduce carnal-minded Christians, and God will hold us responsible for it. In today’s age, many don’t want to hear the truth of God’s Word, but its His Word and His Spirit that will set the captive free. We are to reproduce godly-minded people who will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth. When we live according to the Word of God, we’re actually being a proof of what Christianity truly is. We need to do a self-examination, and see if we’re reproducing people after the Word of God or our lives as a carnal Christian.