Term 1 – Week 2
Big Idea – God created people in his image
Genesis 1: 1-26-31
- To know that God created us with a purpose – to be like him as images of God!
- Belief – Know that God is the boss because he made us – we follow what he says about us
- Behaviour – We copy our ultimate example Jesus who was the perfect image and died so we can also be perfect images of God!
Humans are at the centre of everything Gpd created. Only God Himself is more important. That is why the creation of the first and woman – Adam and Eve – deserved its on session.
As you prepare for this week’s session, there are two words that might be unclear or even confusing in our key verse of Genesis 1:26: “Let us make man in our own image.” The first is the use of the plural ‘us’ (and ‘our’). This can be confusing because the Bible is clear that there is only one God (Deut 6:4). The most common and likely explanation is that God was referring to the reality of what we call ‘the Trinity’ – the plurality of persons within the singular God. God the Father in creating referred to God the Son – through whom all things were created – and God the Spirit – the physical actor of God’s power. The other explanation is that God was referring to ‘our’ in a way that emphasises his own Majesty – using the plural to emphasise his greatness. We will settle with the first explanation.
The second tricky word is the idea of ‘image.’ What does it mean for humans to be created in the image of God? We know that it does not mean a physical image – John 4:24 is clear that God is spirit – unbound by the constraints we experience in a physical body. Being made in God’s image is to share in the attributes of God that separate us from the rest of creation, and give us a greater and set apart purpose and role in and over creation. These include our morality, conscious wills, emotions, creativity, understanding and ability to rule and exercise dominion over creation. These image-bearing qualities give us the ability to live in a unique relationship with our creator, and therefore for those within God’s Kingdom to be partakers in the new heavens and earth. We are able to know, love and worship the Lord who made all things. The image-bearing qualities also then give humans a responsibility in how we respond to our creator and how we live over the rest of creation in the way we behave – we have the capacity and therefore the responsibility to care for creation and to worship the Lord. Our example in this is Jesus – the image of the invisible God (Col 1:15) – we don’t want to physically look like Jesus but we want to mirror his qualities! Our glorious God has made people to be special in all of his creation, and he has given us the capacity to know the Lord, to worship the Lord and live in relationship with Him.
‘The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands’
God Made Everything (Awesome Cutlery) – YouTube
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