Man Made In God’s Image
Saturday, January 31st, 2015
God said in Gen 1:26, “Let us make Man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” This passage clearly shows us that when God made Man, He did not make him for no reason but with a particular purpose in mind. Even though God knew that human beings would fall into sin out of their weaknesses, He was determined to save them from all their sins and make them His own children. This was the fundamental will of God. God created human beings because He loved them and wanted to take them away to His kingdom and live with them forever.
It is because God the Father made us for this purpose that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to this earth and made Him to be baptized by John the Baptist. It is for this reason that God said, let us make Man in Our image. It is important for us to pay particular attention to the use of the first person plural “Us” and “Our” here. These words are used to show us that Man was created by the work of the Triune God.
To us, Jesus Christ, God the Father and the Holy Spirit are the same one Triune God. When God said let Us make Man in Our image, He had already planned our salvation. This is why God the Father sent His Son to this earth as a Saviour of mankind according to His will and plan. When God the Father sent his Son to this earth, He told the Son to fulfill three offices of Christ.
- First of all, as King of kings, Christ was to save His people from all the sins of the world.
- He was to minister as our Heavenly High Priest and to achieve this, God the Father told His Son to accept all the sins of this world on His body of sacrifice and be crucified to death. This is why the Son of God was baptized and shed His blood on the cross.
- Thirdly, God was to fulfill His office as our Prophet to teach us that all this work of salvation was done by God, just as the prophets of the OT had taught the Israelites the truth.
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