In the Beginning: Image of God

This is part one in a four-part series, “In the Beginning”. CLICK HERE for all sermons in this series.

The message of the Bible is in three parts:

  • Creation: when God created all of the universe including humankind
  • The Fall: when sin entered the world
  • Redemption: the majority of the Bible

During Creation, God created man in His image. 

"Then God said, 'Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, the whole earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.' So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female."

Genesis 1:26-27

What does it mean to be created in the image of God?

We resemble God morally and we were perfect and innocent.

  • Of all the things God created that He saw as “good”, when He created humankind, He saw it as “very good”. (Gen. 1:31)
  • Before sin entered the world, man felt no shame. (Gen. 2:25)

We resemble God mentally in that we can reason and choose.

  • When woman was tempted by the snake to eat of the fruit of the tree of good and evil, she reasoned that the fruit was “delightful to look at”, it was “desirable for obtaining wisdom”. (Gen. 2:6)
  • She made a choice to eat of the forbidden fruit, disobeying God’s command to pursue her own desires.

We resemble God socially in that we desire a personal connection with others.

  • God created a helpmate for man when He created woman because “It is not good for the man to be alone.” (Gen. 2:18)
  • God gave man the gift of a partner, rather than making the man seek after one for himself. God “brought her to the man”. (Gen. 2:22)

We have privileges and responsibilities as God's image bearers.

PRIVILEGE of talking with God and having a relationship with Him.

"I will place my residence among you, and I will not reject you."

Leviticus 26:11

RESPONSIBILITY of learning His will and purpose in life.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know Him, and He will make your paths straight."

Proverbs 3:5-6

RESPONSIBILITY of living out His will in our world.

"Then He said to them all, 'If anyone wants to follow after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.'"

Luke 9:23

IMAGE OF GOD TAKEAWAYS:

#1 – I AM LOVED.

"God's love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His one and only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins."

1 John4:9-10

#2 – I AM BROKEN.

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

Romans 3:23

#3 – SIN IS FATAL.

"But your iniquities are separating you from your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not listen."

Isaiah 59:2

#4 – I AM RESTORED.

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Romans 6:23

#5 – I HAVE A PURPOSE.

"'Follow me,' He told them, 'and I will make you fish for people.' Immediately they left their nets and followed Him."

Matthew 4:19-20

#6 – I HAVE A CHOICE.

"The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who rejects the Son will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him."

John 3:36

"But if it doesn't please you to worship the Lord, choose for yourselves today; Which will you worship - the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living? As for me and my family, we will worship the Lord."

Joshua 24:15

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