How did God restore His image in us?
As stated earlier, the spirit, the life, that God put into the first Man at creation, sinned by making a deliberate and willful decision and choice to disobey God. Because the decision, in the garden of Eden, was a conscious intelligent decision, a decision by the spirit, it became irrevocable. Also, regardless of how much the first Man – Adam could have desired to reverse his decision, it was impossible for him and his descendants to do so. Not only was it impossible for the humankind to change the decision made in the garden of Eden, but also, the option for a correct decision did not exist anymore, for the humankind. Once the evil decision was made, the humankind became incapable of doing good. “‘Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.'” Jeremiah 13:23, NIV. Therefore, the spirit that sinned in the garden of Eden had to die forever and, be replaced with a perfect spirit.
Accordingly, at the incarnation, God put into Jesus a new spirit of the same order He gave to the first Adam, but retained body the humankind had at the time of the incarnation. In this way Jesus, per the requirements of the Moral Law (not the ten commandments), was qualified to, on the cross at Golgotha, represent the first humankind. By conquering the temptation, Jesus became a legal representative of the New Humankind in Him. Thus, Jesus became the Second or the Last Adam. Jesus, the Second Adam, had to make a decision and a choice in the same manner the first Adam did. Accordingly, Jesus was taken into the desert to be tempted in the same three categories of sin the first Adam was tempted. These are: “the lust of the flesh, the lust of eyes, and the pride of life.” 1 John 2:16. These three categories of sin are the father of all sins.
Jesus, while being tempted, made a correct decision and a right choice, therefore, the new spirit that God put into Jesus at the incarnation, became perfect. “For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain (author) of their salvation perfect through suffering.” Hebrews 2:10, NKJV. On the cross at Golgotha, Jesus separated His perfect spirit (perfect life) from His body, and God put into Jesus’ body the spirit of the humankind that sinned in the garden of Eden. (See the 2 Corinthians 5:21) Jesus was, thus, made sin, not the sinner. By abandoning Jesus on the cross, God destroyed our sinful life (spirit) and our sin; He removed it from us permanently. Isaiah 44:22. By removing the sin from us, God restored His image in us.
To be continued.