Made In His Image

 
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From The Beginning

Right at the outset, at the very beginning of the book (Bible) we see that we are “made in God’s image”. The Bible begins with a poem about creation…

{ So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them. }

I find it interesting that one of the first things that God wants us to know is that we are made in His image. Right from the start our identity set in stone. We are like Him.

How are we like Him? In form? in nature?

I don’t believe that we are in the form of God, that we look physically the same. The scriptures say that God is spirit and not in the form of man.

{ John 4:24 : For God is a Spirit,[a] and he longs to have sincere worshipers who worship and adore him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.” }

The scripture often reveals God as a masculine character - a father, a master and king etc, this doesn’t mean he is these things in human form but that His nature is like that of a loving father, his authority like that of a master or king.

I believe that we are like God in His position in creation and in our “original nature”. We are like mini God’s that rule over the creation we have been entrusted - the earth. In this way we are like God - creative, powerful, relational, created to nature and mould the creation in front of us and be in meaningful relationship with one another.

The image Defaced

Originally, when God started this world with the first people the Bible says that they were perfect, they were free from shame and they walked with God closely every moment of every day. Our original nature was a mirror of God’s nature and we where ONE with God.

But then came the turning.

You may have heard the poetic story of Adam and Eve and how in not trusting God and turning instead to listen to Satan (the enemy) they lost the glory they once had. They became ashamed, fearful and disconnected from God and one another. One of their children killed the other and from there, mankind became more disconnected from each other and God and lived life under the weight of their shame and wrong doing.

No matter the damage done the image remained. These lost people were still made in God’s image. Consider a coin with head of the ruler of your country embossed on it. No matter the condition of that coin, it’s value remains the same and image of ruler remains on it. You could burn it, throw it away, scratch the face of it, twist it and distort it. But nevertheless…

THE IMAGE REMAINS.

THE VALUE REMAINS.

In the same way, no matter where we are in life, whether if we are reconnected with God or not, we are still bearing His image and always will and because of that we still have the same value. We are still as important to God as Adam and Eve were in their perfected state. Even with our guilt and shame, fears and pain.

THEN JESUS

The one that comes to remove our guilt and shame so we can live free from the weight and the hurt. He begins to restore the coin. To restore the image of God that is in you. To restore the ruins to a mighty fortress.

May you come to know this restoration and the beautiful image you have always borne.

Peace.

 
James GreenComment