The first thing we learn about the creation of mankind is that unlike angels or any other created things, we are made in the image and likeness of God. “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Gen 1:27 NKJV). Of course theologians have debated as to what this means but some things are quite obvious.
- The word “image” means “to resemble” and the word “likeness”(from verse 26) means “similar to”
- Since God is a spirit (see John 4:24), His image is not primarily seen in our physical bodies
- God’s image and likeness are present in every human being regardless of gender, age, intelligence and other variables
- Because these things are true, every person is precious, valuable and unique
- Every person has God-given gifts and purpose
- Every person was created with a capacity to relate to God and to represent and glorify Him (I Pet 2:9-10)
Our speaker on Sunday, Mr. Gareth Thomas, took time to explain Gen 2:18 where God says, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him. “Here is a summary of what he has discovered through his study:
- Being alone is not good. We were designed to live in relationships
- The creation of mankind as male and female expresses the purposeful, complementary and “equal but different” aspects of the relationship between male and female, especially in marriage
- Quoting Matthew Henry, we were reminded that the woman was made of a rib out of the side of “Adam”
- Not made out of his head to rule over him,
- Nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him,
- But out of his side to be equal with him,
- Under his arm to be protected,
- And near his heart to be beloved.
- God created male and female to express different aspects of his own nature and to give us a glimpse of how the Trinity loves and relates together as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We were created with a soul (mind, emotions and will), which is where God’s image is most clearly seen.
- Our souls are designed to be in unity on the inside (within ourselves) and the outside (with God and others).
Prov 25:2 says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of Kings.” Our first glimpse of mankind contains more than meets the eye but with a bit of digging, the beauty and wonder of being created in His image is plainly seen. If you are struggling with poor self-image, our speaker’s words are for you: “May you be blessed with the ability to see yourself through the eyes of your creator and to realise how special you are!”