MADE IN HIS IMAGE

" Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to 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

When God created mankind, He made us to be very similar to Himself.  You see, the True GOD is a Trinity. He is one GOD, who exists in three separate, distinct, divine Persons: Father, Son, and Spirit.  GOD is one in His substance, but three in Persons.  

We see in Genesis 1:26,27 that the Father, Son, and Spirit intentionally created mankind to be like GOD.  In the sense that GOD is a Trinity, man is also made to be a kind of “trinity”.  Man is one in being, but is composed of three distinct parts: body, soul, and spirit.  Scripture makes numerous references to these divisions in man. (Read 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12)

The body is the physical part of you (Greek “soma”) that hungers for food. The soul (Greek “psuche”) is the mind, will, and emotions you possess.  This part of you longs for recreation, entertainment, and relationships. When you are bored, your soul is “hungry”. The spirit (Greek “pneuma”) is the part of you that can commune with GOD, who is a Spirit.  This is the part of you that can fellowship with the Lord, be born again, and is the most important part of who you are as a person.

KEY IDEA:

GOD created you to be like Himself…and for Himself!

Being in “God’s image” we understand that we can do certain things like GOD.  Like our Creator, we too can create; we too can love; we too have the power to choose our destiny.  Many of the things we’re capable of as humans, though different, are very similar to our Creator. We are made in His image!

Since humans are the only creatures in the entire universe to be made “in God’s image”, we’re incredibly unique, valuable, and indeed priceless to our Creator.  We are completely different and unique from the angels, animals, and any other life form the Lord has ever made. Because of this, YOU are incredibly precious and priceless to your Maker.  This is why GOD became a Man, and died for YOUR sins, because YOU are so valuable and special to Him!  He made YOU in His image, and He loves YOU greatly!

GOD needs nothing from no one.  He is GOD and is completely sufficient within Himself.  But why then did He make mankind? Because it gives Him pleasure and joy to share His unending life with us, and to give of His infinite love to mankind.  He made YOU in His image, like Himself, to have a love relationship with Himself.  All things have been made by Christ and for Christ…including YOU! (Read Colossians 1:16)

Fulfill the reason for your existence, and today, spend deep rich time with your Creator.  He has made you in His image, in His likeness, and YOU are priceless to Him.  When you speak to Him, love Him, and walk with Him in communion, you are fulfilling the very reason you were created… to love and know your Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ!