MADE IN HIS IMAGE

Genesis 1 makes real the astounding majesty of God’s Creation. . . And on the sixth day, after our Father Creator had birthed—with a word and a breath—all of the living creatures according to their kind, it was time for his Magnum Opus! All of heaven stood in awe. Nothing like it had ever manifested the glory of God with such a spectacular reflection of his own Person. All ears were trained upon His Word.

“And God saw that it was good!”

What could this mean? The angels watched, their wings aquiver with anticipation. What could outshine the glory of light, sky, life in the watery depths, vegetation on the soaring heights, the dazzling sun illuminating the day and the silver moon radiant in her inky expanse? And those innumerable stars scattered across the cradle of universe between heaven and earth – twinkling through eons of unfolding creation?

“And God saw that it was good.”

“Let us now make man in our image,” the Father declared to the Trinity. “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over all the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

And so it was.

In His image, in His very likeness, with holy congruency and unlikely resemblance to the Author of life who imagined us before the world began, we were made. Each and all. Black and white. Those saved and those yet to know the glorious impartation of salvation through the Son Redeemer. Each and every one, made in the image of the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

Who could imagine such a thing? What likeness has dust to glory?

“O, but let me tell you,” says the Father “It is good!”

And that is why, the Father declares. Yes that is why, says the Son. Indeed, that is why, agrees the Spirit,Those who do not yet believe still bear the markings and imprint of God upon their souls, and so are far better than their wrong beliefs should make them.

And those who do believe, says the Son, those who have received the gift of salvation through my sacrifice, often behave in ways that are far worse than their right beliefs should make them.

And so, together we pursue the progressive likeness—the imperfect congruency between Spirit and flesh, between the Saved and the Unsaved, between the Now and the Yet-to-Come.

And God saw that it was good!

How do you see the image of God in yourself?

How might the realization that each and every person is created in the image of God change the way you respond to them?

Who in your life do you need to see through the lens of God’s likeness?

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