Created in God’s Image


One of the fundamental beliefs of the church and Christians is that God was an active part of the creation of the world. It is clear in the Bible why this belief is at the core of many things that the church does. The reason is because the very first verse in the Bible says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”[1] From there the rest of the first chapter of Genesis explains how and in what order God created everything. This description of how God created everything must be a fundamental belief for the Christian, because it is the beginning and the foundation of the Bible. Another core belief is that the Bible is the inspired Word of God; “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”[2] As a Christian I must believe that God was an active part of the creation of everything, because I believe all of the Bible is God-breathed. These two core beliefs of the Christian faith work hand in hand to give us an example of how God wants us to treat others. Later in the book of Genesis we read,

“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”[3]

In Genesis we find that God created everything including humans. However, God seems to have taken special time creating people. God also goes on to say, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness.”[4] In the creation of the world God did not simply create men and women as His did with everything else, but He created people in His likeness. If, as Christians, we believe this to be true we must also take extra care when interacting with people.

In chapter 2 of Genesis Moses, the author, writes that after God formed the man He “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”[5] What does this all mean together? God created mankind in His image and likeness in order to do this He breathed His own Spirit of life into the man. The breath of God gave life to the man and set him apart from the rest of creation. God has breathed a soul into people. It is important to understand that the soul of a person will live forever. Jesus points this out in Matthew 25:46, “And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”[6] Understanding that God created and breathed life into people and that life will never pass away, but will either go to eternal punichment or life; we must take this into account when interacting with people. Our interactions with people could make the difference in that person’s life forever. Also in Matthew, Jesus stresses this idea again when He said, “Therefore go and make discipels of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”[7] Matthew closes with Jesus giving His followers this command to go and share with people about His teachings and love.

People have a soul and will spend eternity in either punishment or in life and this will be decided before each person dies. This is why every interaction is important. As Christians, following the instructions of Jesus is also at the core of the Christian faith. Jesus also stated, “A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”[8] Jesus gave the commands to love each other as He loved us and to go into all the world teaching people. These two commands have a lot to do with the core belief that God created mankind in His image. Jesus understood that people matter, because they were created for a purpose and will either be punished or rewareded for eternity.

This is the basis for why it is important to treat people with respect and love. Genesis paints the picture that all people are special because God breathed life into them. Then Jesus also makes it a point to stress the issues of loving others and treating them with respect and dignity.

Lastly, Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”[9] I believe God created each and every person with a perpose and He has a plan for all of us. Those plans are often not fulfilled, but He also has a desinity specially designed for everyone.

This verse helps me to stay focused on trying to share hope for a better future, no matter how terrible the past may have been tomorrow is a new day with new possibilities to achieve great things. This is why I believe we all must treat people in a way that may plant a seed of hope and Christ’s love into the lives of everyone we interact with; because they have a heaven to gain and a hell to lose.

Take time today to open your hearts and eyes to those how are hurting around you and give them some of your time to be a light in their dark world.

God Bless!

[1] Genesis 1:1 (NIV).

[2] 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV).

[3] Genesis 1:26-27 (NIV).

[4] Genesis 1:26a (NIV).

[5] Genesis 2:7b (NIV).

[6] Matthew 25:46 (ESV).

[7] Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV).

[8] John 13:34 (NIV).

[9] Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV).

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