09.29.15 – Beautiful People

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Beautiful People; Musings on the Grand Finale of Creation

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…”  God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. – Genesis 1:26-27

Oh what a glorious blessing and privilege it is to be human; for we are the only part of the created order made in the image of God! The beasts of the earth, the fowl of the air, and fish of the sea are not privy to this glorious title. Rocks, sand, soil and plants are not made in God’s image. Only mankind can hold to this beautiful truth. In six days God created the heavens and the earth. Yet mankind was the last chapter in the created order. Just as a fireworks show bursts with the best and brightest of colors at the grand finale, God displayed His best work at the closing ceremony of creation. The best was saved for last; for we as humans are the crowning glory of the creation of God. And it is with this glorious description that man is set apart and placed at a higher position higher than all other creatures (Psalm 8:5). But what does it mean to be made in God’s image? To explore this rich theological topic, let us uncover the multiple layers of this great title.

The Physical – To begin with, being made in the image of God does not mean God has the body of a man; for the Bible teaches that God is Spirit (John 4:24). However, with this in mind, it must be pointed out that our physical bodies do reflect the very nature of God and carry what we would describe as “God-like qualities.” For instance, Scripture refers to God seeing (Proverbs 15:3), hearing (Psalm 3:4), speaking (Psalm 29:4), and breathing (2 Timothy 3:16). Also, hands and feet are associated with God. The Bible refers to “the good hand” of God and “the righteous right hand” of God (Ezra 8:18, Isaiah 41:10). Enoch and Noah were both men that walked with God (Genesis 5:24, Genesis 6:9). The Bible warns against walking contrary to God (Leviticus 26:21). God describes the earth as His footstool (Isaiah 66:1). To be sure, these verses are used figuratively (and must be viewed in light of their intended context) yet they still associate God with the human body. With this in mind, one can conclude that our bodies reflect the very nature of God, and mirror various God-like qualities.

The Relational – Being made in the image of God also refers to the fact that we are able to have fellowship with the Creator of the universe. This separates us from the rest of creation in a most glorious way. Your dog Fido and your cat Felix cannot experience this privilege. God has grafted in us the ability to think and reason unlike the rest of creation; for God has designed us to be much wiser than animals (Job 35: 11).  Because of this, must we not glorify Him back by way and use of our mind, thoughts, and reasoning?  The sun, moon, and stars obey Him, and even the crashing waves. Oh but how much more it ought to be with us!  He has instilled within us the ability to reason for higher than any other creature or aspect of creation!  We are made in the image of God. But with great privilege, there follows great responsibility. We must obey and submit to Him far greater than the waves of the sea, the sun, moon, stars, the beasts of the earth, the fowl of the earth, and the fish of the sea because of this principle of reason endued in us.

The Eternal – Furthermore, being made in the image of God carries an eternal message. We are created for eternity, and we will exist forever. We are eternal beings. This cannot be said of the rest of the created order. For when an animal dies, it ceases to exist. When a plant withers or a flower fades, it is gone forever. Yet we exist forever.

These few scattered thoughts only brush the tip of this particular theological mountain; for there are so many other aspects of this truth in Scripture I did not even expound upon; Oh the richness of God’s Word!

Oh that we would embrace the beauty of being made in God’s image! Live in such a way that you present your life to the Lord as a grand finale…not for your glory, but rather for the glory of God.

 – Pastor Eric

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18 thoughts on “09.29.15 – Beautiful People

  1. We must glorify God through our works, our relationships, our friendships, our thoughts/actions and everything we do with our lives. I am most grateful for His new mercies everyday, and how each new day He gives me I get another chance to glorify and live for Him despite my failures from the day before. I also get another chance to love and serve others to show them the love of Christ!

  2. I think it is awesome that we are made in the image of God. We must also remember the next time we feel we want to insult someone that they are also made in the image of God and we don’t need to insult what God has made.

  3. I often try to wrap my head around the fact that our souls are eternal. Since we are made eternal like God we have a chance to spend endless days in heaven with Him. That just amazes me that we get the honors of being God’s chosen creatures. God has shown so much undeserving love towards us, and we should not be hesitant to give it right back.

  4. When I look at this I just think that we were made in the image of God but look at how far we’ve fallen and how twisted and how hurt we and other humans on Earth have become, but you know what has much as I hear that most people have fallen and have become just so messed up when I walk away from school or chruch or any Christian environment and I see somebody else do something good to help somebody else or stand up for their own Christian belief it shows that we’re not to far gone and people can change and live up to being crafted in the image of God.

  5. I can honestly say I’ve never expound on this subject. It’s very interesting to see all of theology behind it. It really shows God’s complexity. It also lakes you feel more honored to know you have this massive privilege of being remotely like God.

  6. It is amazing to think that while we are sinners and fail daily, we were
    Created in the image of God, a wonderful, perfect being. I love knowing that while it may seem that we are nothing like God, and even feel like we fail him sometimes, we are still like him a little. We were given the gift of being like Him and we should honor it daily, thanking and praising him.

  7. It is really a privilege to be made in the image of God and we should do our best to bring out the God in is when we live our lives, and let others see God in us.

  8. Like my other classmates have said, I’ve never really thought about this subject in so much detail. How comforting is it to know that the creator Himself is proud of each and every one of us? It’s such an amazing thing to think about. God created us in perfect detail, and even though we fall short of His glory, we have the opportunity to live with Him forever in His kingdom. These are just a handful of the many reasons I’m so thankful for such an awesome God.

  9. We are so special as human beings, and so many people fail to realize that we are so far beyond animals or plants. If people truly knew how precious and prized we are to God, people’s shame would be completely overcast by the pride of being His greatest creation.

  10. It’s really cool to think that we are made in the image of God. It’s also mind blowing to rap the concept around in are head that we will be existing forever !

  11. To be made in God’s image is awesome,but we must rememberthat evreyone is made in God’s imae. That means next time you are in you see some one and say a insult. Remember that you just insulted God. EVERYONE is made in God’s image no matter who they are.

  12. Being created in God’s image is amazing. I forget that sometimes. Knowing that we are superior to animals and other things and God made us able to have a relationship with him is really special. I need to work on living my life like I am living in the image of God.

  13. Eternity is a long time. Really hard to understand. But in the end, we don’t need to understand, just serve the God whose image we are made in.

  14. I think in life we forget just why we were made and what our purpose is. We were made to worship God and give Him glory. Sometimes in life we just like to live like humans and think only of ourselves. We should be more prayfull and love God because He have us the ability to live and without Him we are lost.

  15. It’s hard to imagine being made in the image of an all powerful God. It’s not something we should take lightly, we should honor our bodies and use our talents to honor God.

  16. I think because we are made in the image of God we need to do everything in our power to honor him. Also when people say they hate a certain thing about their body I don’t think they are thinking they are made in the image of God and they are made how God intended for them to be made.

  17. God making us in his image is an example of his common grace. He has given us all the gift of a body and life that mirrors some of his attributes. This is a reason to rejoice and to value our lives even more.

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