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Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…” So 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)

 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:17-20)

 

Thought: 

 

Made in God’s image and morality is underlying to His nature, like a compass aligned to magnetic North so we align ourselves to holiness, Godliness, righteousness.

 

Introduction:

 

Understanding of what the Bible teaches about us by looking at a passage from the creation account.

After God created everything, the stage was still unset. However, God needed someone to take charge /rule over His creation.

 

 

The Maker:

 

He is the omniscient God – all knowing.

People are made in God’s image comprised of mind, emotions and will.  We are sentient and self-aware.  Psalm 139 tells us that God knew every one of our days before 

any of them existed. We must not live this life merely as the sum total of our existence, but rather involve ourself in knowing the maker

 

His Image:

 

This God who created us made us in His image, a fact repeated twice in Genesis 1:27.

As image bearers of the Creator, the physically or mentally challenged have value.

We are created out of love . 

John 4:24 – God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

 

Me:

 

Numbers 33:52 - drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you. Destroy all their carved images and their cast idols, and demolish all their high places.

 

Did you know that you are a minister in God’s kingdom? You are. You are a minister of reconciliation, and the job that was assigned to you the moment you became a member of God’s kingdom was to proclaim the glory of God and his kingdom.

 

Our major failure was handing that authority over to that dark entity which presented itself in the garden known as the Serpent or the Adversary. If you remember the story, the serpent beguiled Eve by saying:

 

For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God… (Genesis 3:5)

 

 

Transitions: 

 

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. (Colossians 1:15)

 

Conclusion:

 

Jesus came to forgive, redeem, and reconcile mankind (see Mark 2:10, Romans 3:24, Colossian 1:20). He also came to live as an example to follow in order to engage a world that is still attempting to make God an image of themselves instead of becoming an image of God.

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