THEME: GOD’S IMAGE
PASSAGE: GENESIS 1: 24-28
MEMORY VERSE: Genesis 1:26“Then God said let us make human beings in our image to be like us, they will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock and all the wild animals on earth.”
HYMN: MHB 554(S.M.) – O COME and dwell in me.
God made everything on earth in six days and rested on the seventh day. He particularly made man in His own image and gave him dominion over all other things He created. This implies that human beings became the caretakers or stewards over other creatures.
As the image of God, man has personality — mind, will, emotions, freedom/free will; rather than emphasizing the physical appearance. This made him superior to other creatures. The man shared the spiritual image of God, which enabled him to communicate with God and also was made fit for His presence. But man lost the spiritual image, through sin and died spiritually (Gen. 3: 1-24). Thus, the man was chased away from the presence of God.
But God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to reconcile us to Himself and restore us back to our rightful place. Christ came as our peacemaker and destroyed the dividing wall of hostility between us and God. His purpose was to make us new creatures through faith in Him, by the power of the Holy Spirit. With the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, we have access to God the Father by the Holy Spirit (Ephe. 2:14:18).
Many that have faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ, are regarded as temples of God through the presence of the Holy Spirit in them. Therefore, believers in Christ are to make themselves holy as the temple of the Highest God. For instance, pigs and dogs cannot be allowed into the church building consecrated for the worship of God. In like manner, every part of our body must be made holy at all times. No wonder, Jesus whipped out those that were trading in the temple of God at Jerusalem. Let us, therefore, dedicate our bodies to God constantly and make it holy.
PRAYER: Thank You Lord for making us in Your own image. Teach us to always walk righteously before You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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