1997-11-08 - Man Created in the Image of God
The Comprehensive Study Series, Part 15
The Bible is the very Word of the living God, both the Old and the New Testament. It is not, as some will say, man's quest for God, but rather God revealing Himself to man. According to some estimates there are approximately 5.5 billion people in the world today. Where did they come from? Did they evolve? Some will teach us they crawled out of some primordial ooze -- or was man created by a direct act of the Almighty? What do the Scriptures reveal to us?
Father God, we pray You would open our eyes to behold wondrous things from Your Word. Amen
Genesis 1:27 (1901 ASV ) And God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.
The Hebrew word rendered "create" is "bara." Whenever it appears in the active voice, God is the subject. The reason for this literary 'thing' is that only God can perform the act expressed by this term. There was a time when God alone existed. His creativity brought the material universe into existence.
Genesis 1:26a ( 1901 ASV) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
The three persons comprising the one and true living God, held a conference and agreed to make man in their image -- after their likeness. After He had created the sea monsters, fish, birds and animals, God created in His own image a new type of life -- something different from anything which had been created prior to this event. The word "create" ("bara" in Hebrew) means to bring into existence something which had no prior form or existence. Due to the definition of the word 'bara" there is disproved any theory of evolution that has been or may be promoted.
Genesis 2:7 states that " And Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."
This passage of Scripture declares that God is a spirit, and that those that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth. It is evident that God is represented in the Scriptures as being a Spirit. He does not have a body. When the Scriptures imply that man was made in the image of God, after His likeness -- it is evident that man's spiritual nature is implied. So don't try looking into your mirror to see God! In Hebrews 12:9 God is spoken of as the Father of spirits. "Furthermore, we had the fathers of our flesh to chasten us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?" From these facts too we conclude that man is a direct creative act of God.
Many folks today will tell you that there is a very narrow chasm between man and animal life -called the "missing link." Actually the separation is a vast one. I would like to point out what Dr. A. H. Strong points out in his book Systematic Theology (pp 467-468) -- that there are eight outstanding differences between man and animals.
Anyway folks, to the thinking person it is apparent that man is made in the image of God, spiritually speaking. We definitely did not come from a primordial ooze and grow a tail and exist on the same plane as animals do. In fact we were created by a direct act of the living God, according to Scripture. Men may produce "theories" that say otherwise -- yet when I encounter them, I gently remind them that is what they are -- theories -- and I ask if they would like to look at some facts about man being created in the image of God. May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob do great things in you and through you in the week ahead, and may our daily devotionals bless and enrich your study and witness of God's way, truth and life in your world -In Jesus' name amen
In His Service,