The Sixth Day, Part 3
Don’t misunderstand. When God created us, He did not create "little gods." That is not what image or likeness means here. We will never become equal to our Creator—not by a long shot. Genesis 1:26 indicates, however, that Jehovah God created mankind to resemble Himself. The verse says, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…." To whom does the pronoun "our" refer? As noted in our last blog, "our" refers to the Trinity. Did you notice that Scripture does not say anything about God creating fish after His likeness? God doesn't say anything in the Bible about making animals, or anything other than humans, after His likeness. According to the Scriptures, God created only humans "in His image." As the well-known Bible commentator Matthew Henry said, "Man was not made in the likeness of any creature that went before him, but in the likeness of his Creator."
God is God and humans are human. The only time God and a human perfectly blended together was when Deity became a man—the God-Man, Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:8). Jesus is the only One Who has ever been or ever will be God AND man--ALL God and ALL man. But while mankind can never be God, God did create mankind to resemble God. We resemble God in four distinct ways: A personal resemblance, a spiritual resemblance, a moral resemblance and a physical resemblance. In this blog, we will address the first resemblance or, to use the Bible term, the first likeness…
A Personal Likeness
"Let’s talk about Jesus. The King of Kings is He.
The Lord of Lords supreme, throughout eternity.
The great I AM the way, the truth, the life, the door.
Let’s talk about Jesus more and more."
Why did God give us a voice capable of singing? One reason was to allow us to voice our praise to Him "in songs and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord…." We can praise Him audibly or "in our hearts" (Ephesians 5:19). Psalm 147:1 encourages us to "Praise the LORD" [and then tells us why we should] "For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting." Our God-given speech reveals another personal likeness to God that we humans have.
To sum up, human beings are personal beings who possess certain God-given traits: consciousness, volition, intellect, emotion, speech and rationale; just to name six. And the Trinity—God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit—has all of these traits, too! God is conscious that He is God and is aware of all that goes on. God has a divine will. He can do whatever He chooses (e.g., create the heavens and the earth recorded in the first chapter of Genesis). God is an emotional being, as pointed out above. He has the ability to speak with us and to us and for us and about us. The Lord is also rational—much more than humans.
God created mankind in His image, after His likeness. As stated, we resemble God in four ways. We've now seen the first resemblance, a personal likeness to God. We will take up the other resemblances in the next blog. Until then, stay in the Book!!
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