Genesis 1:26

Genesis 1:26

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.

Who is God speaking of when He says, “In Our Image?” Is He speaking of angels? No, He is speaking of the beloved trinity, one God in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is one of the deepest and most magnificent mysteries of God and much has been said about it but let us focus on one beautiful aspect of the triune God. Here at the dawn of man’s existence the scripture points to God in three persons. In the creation of God’s most precious and most glorious achievement, which is you and I, we see the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in concert. The result is a being that was made to worship, made to be righteous, made to be holy. Later we find that man has a frailty, a weakness and that is he is able to disobey, he is able to sin. And so he does. A wall of separation is erected between a perfectly Holy God and a now fallen Adam. But God has a plan and that plan is a plan of redemption and restoration and is to be carried out by the second person of the triune Godhead, Jesus Christ. In Matthew chapter three we find yet another example of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit together again in creation. It is in the creation of a new covenant. It is the covenant by which those who were created  for glorification of the Father can be restored to that perfect position. Matthew 3:16-17;  When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” All three persons of the Godhead in harmony creating the means by which we can be reconstructed into who we were originally created to be. This event marks the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry and the advent of this new and glorious covenant in which we can now function as we were created to function, in the image of God.

That is where we can find true freedom. That is where we can find true purpose and usefulness. Anything else we might endeavor to do with our lives is transitory and ultimately unfulfilling. There is a temporary nature to everything we do when we are doing it apart from our created purpose. We can build empires, great idols to the god of self-satisfaction and in the end they will tumble down and be reduced to rubble. Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. What do we really want from this life? Is it an identity that people will covet, a reputation amongst our peers and constituents for what we have done and what we have amassed in the treasure room of our castles? Or do we desire to be worshipers of God and to glorify His mighty name with every fiber of our beings? Is it our first desire to project an image of humble holiness and grace? Is it our burning desire to have God manifest His power and His love through us to a dying and broken world? Would it suit you to be a kind of letter written by God to minister to the lost?

2 Corinthians 3:3 Clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. You see if we are walking in our created purpose that is exactly what we will be. We will be a walking, living, breathing edition of the Word of God.

“Lord today I just want to fulfill my created purpose. I want to be a song of love, a verse of encouragement. I want to honor You with my life and bring You a blessing with my thoughts, my speech and my actions, amen.”

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