If God made 'man' ~ in His image and likeness, then 'man', (male or female) must be what God is. The only difference between God and the 'man' He named Adam ~ was that God was the invisible reality of 'Adam' ~ as well as being the invisible reality of Adams helpmeet 'Eve'! They were one and the same! Adam and Eve ~ were the 'Spirit' of God manifesting as 'man'. (Male and female created He them) And God endowed them with the capacity to 'bring forth' children 'after their kind'. So children of 'men' ~ are actually 'children of God' ~ in perpetuity! Creating the 'organisms' known as 'man' ~ was Gods way of creating Gods! So what God is ~ is what 'we' are (is what "I" am)! And if we don't believe that God made each of us in His image and likeness ~ then how can we as Christians say we believe everything in the Bible? When we see this, and should we choose to be what we were created to be ~ we begin to take upon ourselves the likeness of God (our heavenly Father) And to function AS the father, is to function as the Christ! Should the whole of humanity see this ~ this 'awakening' ~ amounts to the 'Second Coming of the Christ'!
There are those who speak of the Christ, as though the 'Christ', were a 'specific' person, rather than an 'enlightened' individual! Christians ~ if not the whole World ~ see 'Jesus' as being the one and only Christ! So they 'worship' Jesus! So to 'follow' Jesus (or to walk as Jesus) means that 'they' cannot attain a 'consciousness' of 'being' God ~ or in other words ~ the Christ Mind! How can they 'walk' As the Christ ~ when they believe there is only the ONE Christ ~ and that that one ~ is 'Jesus'? Only as we walk AS God ~ the Father, can we function AS the Christ! The Christ is simply the 'person' of God personified! And we cannot 'personify' the person of God, until we realize that God is the "I" within us ~ as 'Jesus' did! It is what every man/woman on Earth (male or female) was created to be! The Second Coming of Christ will take place, when the whole of humanity comes to realize that the "I" within them is God ~ the Father. And this teaching must come from the 'Shepherds' ~ from the leaders of the various religions ~ (not from a used car salesman)! Is it not the purpose of the church to teach us this? Is this not what Jesus was saying to Peter when He said ~ 'and upon this 'rock' ~ this truth (that the son of man is potentially the Christ) I will build my Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it? How could they have thought that Peter was the 'rock' that Jesus was referring to? For when Peter began to rebuke Him He said ~ 'get thee behind me Satan' ~ for thou savorest not the things that be of God ~ but those that be of men.
Jesus functioned AS the Father. Mary did not give birth to 'Jesus' ~ she gave birth to God the Father ~ (the Savior) in the infant stage of development. It was just that she and Joseph were told to name Him (the Father) Jesus! (Every 'human' child that has ever been born, has been God (the Father) in the infant stage of development)(Was it not God ~ the Father who said "I" am the first and " I" am the last and besides me ~ there is no savior"?) In my opinion ~ the Virgin Birth took place in Mary's consciousness, when the Holy Spirit ~ the truth ~ 'dawned upon her'! She experienced the Spiritual Rebirth ~ which is always a Virgin birth ~ a birth that takes place in the consciousness of whoever should come to see the Truth ~ that God is the "I" within them! (The Virgin birth and the Spiritual Rebirth ~ are one and the same. It is 'birth' that is always conceived by the truth ~ (by the Holy Spirit) Jesus walked As the Father ~ for Mary would have taught Him from birth that man and God were One! (What the 'Holy Spirit' revealed to her) Through faith in the belief that God was the "I" within Him, He became the greatest Spiritual teacher and healer the World has ever known. As He functioned as God ~ this 'consciousness' enabled Him to experience the transfiguration and the ascension. But ~ it was not 'Jesus' who 'ascended' ~ it was God the Father who ascended! But all those who were there, thought it was the 'man' they knew as 'Jesus of Nazareth' who ascended. Every 'man' on Earth, (male or female) is actually none other than God the Father! PERIOD! Man and God ~ are One! WE are ETERNAL beings if we only realized it! Creating 'man' ~ was Gods way of creating Gods! We are all Gods as He said ~ but in ignorance of this we walk AS men ~ as the person our parents created when they named us at our birth! And because we walk AS men ~ we die as men! Thus the necessity of the Spiritual rebirth ~ which can only take place through faith in the realization that God (the Father) is the "I" within us! It is this realization that will set in motion the Second Coming of the Christ!
None of us has any 'being' of ourselves. Each of us, is but the Spirit of God embodied ~ the Spirit of God individualized! But our parents name us, so we grow up believing we are this person that our parents created when they named us. Never ever realizing that we are nothing less than the creative mind of God embodied. So we live as men and die as men ~ totally oblivious of being 'children of God'. Totally oblivious of being no different than Him who was known as Jesus. The only difference between 'Him' and us ~ was that He knew that man and God were one and the same because of what His mother taught Him from the cradle. But we too can be all that He was ~ once we realize that God is the "I" within us ~ once we have been 'born again'. For except we be born again ~ we cannot 'enter' the Kingdom of God. (We cannot function as our Father in heaven!) Why? Because we think 'we' have 'being' as this person our parents created when they named us ~ never ever coming to the knowledge that we are actually 'sons and daughters' of God by birth! It is this realization that will set in motion the Second Coming of the Christ!