Through much of my personal devotional time last year, I really became enamored with the first few of chapters of Genesis.
|Genesis, from the Gutenberg Bible|
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There are just so many wonderful truths to find when you really dig deep and get over all the debates that surround the passage and get to the point. Not that these debates are bad or unneeded, but sometimes you just have to get to the point.
So many of the themes that stream throughout the Bible start here: God’s revelation of Himself, mandates, sin, redemption, marriage, gardening, sanctity of life, etc. etc. It is amazing how much of God’s truth and love and His story for mankind unfolds in the first 3 chapters.
I want to take a moment to focus on one of these themes, the image of God.
It is amazing to me that we can look at the first page of the Bible and see that God created us in His image, male and female, and saw that it was “very good.” Not just good, plain old good like the rest of creation but “very good.” (Gen. 1:27, 31) This simple little tidbit has such massive ramifications that it is hard to comprehend. Then on top of that you see that God created us with a purpose and a mission in mind. (Gen. 1:28)
All of humanity has intrinsic value, placed in them by the creator of all things. Value not dependent on age, gender, income, intelligence, race, time from conception, usefulness or any other man made measurement, but based on the image of the Creator.
This image ultimately finds its’ fulfillment in Christ Jesus, God in the flesh, God inhabiting the form that He made in His image.
The Christian is continually called throughout the New Testament to pursue the image of Christ. They were formed in his image (Gen. 1:27), are being transformed(2 Cor. 3:18), purposely to be conformed(Rom. 8:29), but first they must be informed (Col. 3:10) about His image.
Formed, InFormed, ConFormed, TransFormed: My Life in His Image.
May that be the cry of all Christians: My Life in His Image.
Blazing for Christ,