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The Bible is the only reliable source of information about mankind. While I do not venerate the King James Version, every study must have an authority and I trust the KJV to be that authority. God is the only real authority about mankind. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth..... And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: " (Gen. 1 :1, 1:26)
Why did God do this? Was He just bored with His existence, and looking for something to do? Consider the fact of God's eternality, in the light of His divine attributes of character. There was nothing in all His creation like Himself to whom He could relate. How lonely He must have been. Perhaps you are thinking that there was God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. You are right and they all exercised love to one another. But to whom, or how, could God manifest his infinite undeserved love, mercy and grace. Not within the Godhead, for they all have the same attributes of power. They are all worthy, none in need of God's mercy, or undeserved grace. There was no one He could share His heart with in all eternity past! I believe it was in the deepest loneliness and frustration, to exercise His wonderful character that He said "let us make man in our image and likeness."
Yes, God's nature and character gave Him a need to have someone to relate to, care for, be a friend to, and share His heart with. "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul" (Gen. 2:7 ) So He made Adam, in His image and likeness that He could share His heart. (by the way He made you for that same purpose).
As God is a triune being, and man was to be in His image and likeness, He made man a triune being also, having a body the material part of man to house the soul. The soul is the nonmaterial part of man, which is the real person that lives inside the body, having intellect, emotion, and will. Then God gave man His Spirit when He breathed life to his soul, which in turn gave him living relationship with God.
God knew that for man to have a relationship with Him based on His character, He would have to make man with a free will. Man could then choose to love and serve Him, not just because He was his creator, but for what God is as a person, for His loving and caring for him, and meeting his needs. Consider how God made the heaven and earth as an environment for man, planted a garden to provide all of man's needs, and even gave him a wife. Beyond all that the earth was the place for man to live and fellowship with God. God revealed His glory to them as they walked and talked with Him in the garden of Eden. God was their friend and they were His. What a beautiful relationship that must have been. What joy it must have brought to God's heart, but not for long. Read: Gen. Chapter 3
Adam failed God through disobedience. Adam put the fellowship of his wife above his wonderful and glorious God, who created him to be in His image and likeness and for His fellowship. Adam chose to serve himself instead of God and lost the image likeness of God when God's Spirit departed from him. The result was spiritual death, and mankind's fellowship with God was broken. [Gen. 2:16-17, 3:1-6] How that must have broken the heart of God who was seeking a friend, a man after His own heart. All through the ages we have chosen to live our lives apart from God, in the image of our own making. Having fellowship with the world instead of God, just as our father Adam did. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God," (Rom. 3 :23) Praise God, though man can break God's heart, he cannot negate the will and heart of God for man, God gave Adam a promise of a Saviour. [Gen. 3:15]
Furthermore, He demonstrated His great love, mercy and grace to them as God killed an animal and made coats of skin to cover their sin. This showed them the price God would pay to redeem them. [Gen.3:21]I believe that animal was a lamb, a picture of Jesus Christ the promise of God, as did the last of the Old Testament prophets, John the Baptist: "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. " (John. 1:29) This truth was confirmed to the Apostle John by God where Jesus Christ is identified as ".....the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." (Rev. 13:8) This great truth declares God's awesome undeserved love for all mankind.
Praise God, though man can break God's heart, he cannot negate the will and heart of God for man. God's agenda for the fallen human race was not annihilation but restoration.
Remember this: "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life......Vs.17For if by one man's offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. 18Therefore as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous." (Romans 5:8-10, 17-19)
Consider: 1 Peter 1:18-19 "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:"
Again we see the depth of God's loneliness for fellowship by the price He was willing to pay for it, namely that of the suffering and death of His Son. Yes, today He is still seeking men after His own heart, to be a friend to, and fellowship with. He found it with such men as Enoch, Moses, Abraham, and David in Old Testament times, and perhaps the Apostle John, Lazarus, Mary and Martha in His day.
PRAISE GOD, YOU HAVE A GOD LIKE HIM. He not only designed you to be in his image and likeness, but to have a personal relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ, Yes, we lost His image and fellowship, but praise God in Christ we can regain it.
Keep in mind His offer to you: "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, eve'? to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God". (John 1 :12-13) "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. "(Cor. 5: 17) " For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God bath before ordained that we should walk in them." (Ephes. 2: l0) .........And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."(Ephes. 4:24) "And have put on the new man which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:" (Col. 3 10)
How are we to respond to such a God? Consider: 2 Cor. 5:14-15 "For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. . . . . Vs.21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."
Jesus loves you so much, that the cross became a great trading post, where Jesus traded His righteousness for your sin, where He suffered and died in your place. Having done so, if you receive Him and what He did for you, He will adopt you into His family. [John 1:12-13] All He did for you will be in vain if you have not received Him. How have you responded to what Christ did for you?
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The material in this outline has been compiled from our Bible course "A Biblicist Perspective of Discipleship for the Family of God" All scripture references are from the KJV of the Bible.
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