Who is the “I AM,” although assumed to be what God is Biblically known to be identified as? Ordinary people seek to deify the “I AM” identity. Yet refusing to accept that they, themselves, were created in God’s image. In his conversation with God, before accepting his assignment, Moses sought to know who God was:
Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:13-14 NIV).
It is practically imprudent to assume the identity of God as something else, other than one’s own identity. If anyone wants to perceive God, where else can that person go, except beholding his own identity? Nevertheless, that identity is revealed by Jesus Christ, the author of our salvation.
The purpose of the physical universe is to suppress humans, causing them to succumb and lose hope. Humans are defeated, as long as succumbing to the things of this world. Humans need to appreciate that the physical universe is sustained by certain laws, known to be spiritually inapplicable. Humans are not of the physical universe, due to simple reason that, unlike other species, they were specially created.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:26-27 NIV).
It boggles the mind, when observing that this Scripture is misunderstood, even by the most renowned Theologians of this world. God is not of this world. Mankind, created in God’s image cannot be of this world. The more humans identify themselves as being of this world, the more confused they become.
Having been created in God’s image, how did humans become entangled with the physical universe? The answer is given in the narrative of the man called Adam. Out of confusion, humanity has always conflated Adam with humanity created in Genesis 1:26-27. Adam is of this world, comprised in the physical universe.
“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7 NIV).
It takes only those with analytical minds to realize that the one formed from the dust of the ground cannot be the same as the one created in God’s image. As not of this world, the one created in God’s image cannot be likened to the dust of the ground. Adam became a living soul, after God breathed into his nostrils, the breath of life.
God is not a living soul, as identified in the physical universe. God is Spirit, whose nature is eternal life. What is termed a living soul, shares the physical universe as manifested in the animalistic kingdom. A dog, or any other animal, is alive as long as able to be what it was created to be.