Rom 8:29 – For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. The meaning of the Greek word for image is used of an “image” or a coin (not a mere likeness), so of a statue or similar representation (more than a resemblance), of the descendants of Adam as bearing his image, each a representation derived from the prototype; (Vine’s Expository Dictionary) A prototype is the original or model on which something is based or formed. 1 Cor 15:49 – and as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Adam was God’s prototype for the natural man for all mankind. Adam was a new creation, but natural, only perfect in the intent and purpose that God created mankind to be. The natural condition is a lower nature of which we have in common with all the other creatures on the earth, all being sensual in nature. The heavenly or spiritual nature is light years above the natural. Adam and Eve were self-willed. Their bent was toward self gratification. Gen 3:6 – And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. The word desire has within it the context of longing after it. Even before sin entered, self gratification, as evidence here, superseded obedience to God. When sin entered it greatly magnified the self-willed nature within all mankind. Jer 17:9 – The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? All of mans knowledge, psychology, self discipline, and efforts to tame the nature within is in vain, because it is spiritual and connected to the spirit of hell. Mankind is simply following out the prototype they are made from. You can dress up a pig up, but it is still a pig. Isa 64:6 – For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
The beauty of God’s plan and our original creation in the natural, permeated with sin, is that God causes all things to work out to the good that love Him and are called according to His purposes.(Rom 8:28) 1 Cor 15:44-46 – It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45) And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46) Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. As was the image or prototype of the natural/earthy from Adam, Jesus Christ is the prototype of the Spiritual of which we are to become. 1 Cor 15:49 – and as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. The word borne and bear means to wear as clothing or a constant accompaniment. When we give our lives to Jesus and we are born again the Spirit of God enters our lives and we put on Christ like a garment. The Spirit of God aids in the mortifying of the flesh and in the regeneration (genesis) of the new man within to live in Christ eternally one with God.
Jesus paid the price of our entry into eternal with His own sinless life. Although Jesus paid the price for our redemption from sin, we must also pay a price to receive the spiritual and eternal life promised in Christ. Rom 13:8-10 – Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9) For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10) Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. To walk in His love will cost a true Christian everything. Matt 16:24-26 – Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25) For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26) For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? We must lose our life that we lived out of the prototype received from Adam to gain the spiritual. 2 Cor 4:10-12 – Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11) For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12) So then death works in us, but life in you. In this we are being made into the likeness of His prototype, in character and in nature, while at the same time the prototype of Adam is being shed from our lives by the Spirit and grace. Eph 4:22-24 – that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23) and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24) and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. The human condition is so insidious. It is beyond explanation how mankind can pass up an adventure in eternity with God, to be one with Him for the temporary pleasure of self gratification. There is much grief in Gods heart for this. Rom 1:20 – For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,