Why God made man in His image

The Triune God began a close involvement with man when He created him in His image, 

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness….'”  Genesis 1:26

It is emphasised, 

‘So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him…’  Genesis 1:27

The message God gives with the creation of man is: 

  • Man is important to Me. 
  • There is a reason I created man in My image. 

Trouble came when Satan deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  They were expelled from the presence of God because of their disobedience.   

Because God created man in His own image, He did not leave him at the mercy of the devil.  The Triune God would take responsibility for man.  At all costs.  God pointed to that when He,

‘The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.’  Genesis 3:21

God ‘clothed’ them.  That basically means they were ‘clothed’ with His forgiveness.  Before they sinned they were naked and did not need clothes.  

With this act God demonstrated how essential forgiveness is.  The guilt is exchanged with the innocent animal who died in their place.  It pointed to Jesus’ death on the Cross. 

But, God has an enemy, Satan.  Would he influence man to resist God’s way of forgiveness?  To be continued. 

Are the 66 books God’s Word?

As a young believer I was given a Bible, told to read it, and pray.  That was it.  Nobody attempted to give me any kind of Bible lessons, or an introductory course to help me understand what that intimidating Book was about.  

The Holy Spirit taught me to begin, as with any other ordinary book, at the beginning of the Bible.  The first verse is, 

‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’  Genesis 1:1

It forcefully struck me that everything came to exist solely by the words God spoke:  

“And God said, ‘Let there by light, and there was light.'” Genesis 1:3

I saw that, ‘And God said’ occurs 8 more times in Genesis 1:6,9,11,14,20,22,24,26. 

As I continued to read and study, I found many more details that embroidered on that miraculous beginning.  For example, Psalm 148:5 says,

‘Let them [creation] praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created.’ 

Throughout the Bible there are more details that God Created with words.  In the New Testament in a book by the apostle Peter, I read,   

‘But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.’  2 Peter 3:5

What I began to understand was that God, in a sense, ‘scatters’ information about a subject across the books of the Bible.  OK, so I knew I had to seek God and His plan in all 66 books.

Then my next problem arose (it seemed to me as if I was born a doubter).   Was the Bible really the Word of God?  The sentence in a book I read, ‘The Bible is the product of man, not of God,’ had a powerful impact on me.  So how could I be sure it is God who speaks through the 66 books?  It sent me to dig deeper into the Scriptures to see how God answers that one…. 

God is a separatist

One of Satan’s tempting suggestions to Jesus after His forty day fast was, ‘…tell these stone to become bread.’ Jesus’ answer was that man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. 2

Underlying His answer was a principle: rock is rock, and bread is bread.  Why is that important?  It is because God is a separatist.  When He created, He put things in separate ‘boxes’ that are fixed and final. 

#  God’s separatist nature in creation  

  • He separated light from darkness. 
  • He separated the waters above from the waters below. 
  • He separated the land and the sea. 
  • He created kinds of plants.  The kinds are separate from each other.  This also happened with the fish, the birds and the land animals. 
  • When it came to humans, He separated them from the animal kingdom when He breathed His spirit of life into Adam.3  People have a mind, free will, speech, creativity, et cetera.  All that separates us from the animal kingdom. 
  • God also created man and woman separate.  Together they would become one, but they had different roles, especially in procreation. 

#  Practical applications of God’s separatist system  

  • It has become fashionable to claim that the two genders are interchangeable.  In other words, a boy can become a girl, and vice versa.  However, in God’s Kingdom, separation still exists.  Male is male, and female is female. 
  • There is a separation between the world, under the leadership of the devil, and God’s people who are led by the Holy Spirit.  In 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 Paul explains that God did not give His children the right to judge people outside the church.  We are only to judge people inside the church (our ‘box’).  God will judge those outside.  We are not allowed to shout at people in the world system who have different views than we have.  We pray for them. 
  • The same principle applies to marriage.  God ordained it to be between a man and a woman.  The world, in rebellion against God, decided it is rubbish, and they condone any kind of marriage.  They force or try to force the various churches to adopt their philosophy about marriage.  That happens, but with God, it does not sell. 

Conclusion

We do not judge the world, because as followers of Jesus, we need to understand God’s principle of separation.  That is why, in the end, God will separate the ungodly from the godly. 4

References

  1. Matthew 4:3  
  2. Matthew 4:4  
  3. Genesis 2:7  
  4. Matthew 13:24-30

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