Monday, August 13, 2012

Created in the Image of God?


Lesson 4: Created to be Like the Creator

 

Needed: picture of human and chimpanzee (included)

 

Bible Study: We’ve been reading about how God created the World and we read about how God made all the animals on sea creatures and all the flying creatures, including water and winged dinosaurs, on Day 5, and about how God made all the land animals, including land dinosaurs on Day 6. But that’s not all that God did on Day 6. He also created humans on Day 6.

 

Genesis 1:26-27 - Then God said, "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 the livestock, over all the earth, [b] and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

 27 So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them.


 

It’s interesting that humans were made on the same day as the land animals. Humans are a lot like some of the land animals, monkeys in particular.

 

In fact, did you know that humans and chimpanzees are 98% the same, genetically speaking?



If humans and chimpanzees are 98% the same genetically, doesn’t that give us a good clue that humans must have evolved from chimpanzees? Or that chimpanzees and humans both have a common genetic ancestor?

 

Do humans and chimpanzees have a common ancestor? No. We have a common designer.

Genesis 1:26-27 - 26 Then God said, "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 the livestock, over all the earth, [b] and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

 27 So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them.


 

So what does it mean to be made in God’s image?

 

Loving, creative, free will, righteousness

 

Sin twisted the image of God in us, we’re not perfect anymore.

 

Genesis 5:2-3 – “When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them “man.”

3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth.

 

Christ is making us perfect again.

 

Colossians 3:9-10 – “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”

 

God says, “Let us make man in our image.” Who is God talking to? The other members of the Trinity.

 

God said, “Let us make man in our image” and He was talking to the other two members of the Trinity. What are the three parts of the Trinity? (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)

 

Okay. Now the Son is also named something else in Scripture.

 

John 1:1 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

“Word” in Greek is logos, which also means “thought”

 

Jesus is God’s thought.

 

The Holy Spirit is God’s spirit

 

God the Father keeps those two things together, His thought and His spirit. He’s like the body. So God has three parts; the Father or Body, Son the mind or thoughts, and the Spirit or spirit

 

Humans also have these three parts; our body which houses and unifies and connects our mind and spirit

So to be in the image of God means to have these three parts; body, mind, and spirit, Father, Son, Holy Spirit

But God’s parts, the Son and the Holy Spirit, His mind and His spirit, exist outside of Himself and even work independently of God the Father.

 

It is God the Son that comes to earth and dies, not God the Father. It is God the Holy Spirit that indwells believers, not God the Father.

 

So I wonder if our parts, our mind, and spirit can exist independently of our body like God’s does.

 

Can your spirit and mind exist outside of your body? Yes. At death, the spirit leaves the body and lives on. But does your mind go with your spirit or stay with your body? It goes with your spirit. You can still think in Heaven. You still have your personality in Heaven. Your brain is what physically produces your thoughts, but it’s not the same thing as your mind. Your mind is what makes you you. It’s your personality.

 

So you can have a spirit and a mind outside of the body, just like God the Son and God the Holy Spirit exist outside of the body of God the Father

 

Image of God; body, mind, spirit

 

Now these three parts of us are damaged, twisted, because of sin. Our spirits are corrupted by the sinful nature, our minds often can’t see God’s truth clearly because of sin in our lives, our bodies get weak and die as a punishment for sin. But we are all still in the image of God and we’re trying to have that image remade in us because we all still have those three parts and one day those parts will be made perfect again by God, just like they were in the beginning. Our spirits will be perfect and won’t sin. Our minds will be able to understand the way God wants us to, and our bodies will be made strong so that we will never die again.

 

So the question now is, Why did God create us? What was His motivation? Why didn’t God just stop on Day 6 with the animals, with the chimpanzees? Why does He keep working with us to restore us and perfect our spirits and minds and bodies again?

 

We can ignore God. We can insult Him. We can do whatever. But God only wants one thing from us. He wants to be in relationship with us. He wants to love us. He wants to hang out. That’s why He made us. That’s why Jesus volunteered to die for us and save us from our sins. That’s why God continues to work with us. He loves us and wants to be in relationship with us.

 

And if God, the Almighty Creator of the Universe, wants to be in a relationship with me, that is a humbling thing. How can I say no?


Created

 

Lesson 4: Created to be Like the Creator

 

Bible Study: We’ve been reading about how God created the World and we read about how God made all the animals and sea creatures and all the flying creatures, including water and winged dinosaurs, on Day 5, and about how God made all the land animals, including land dinosaurs on Day 6. But that’s not all that God did on Day 6. He also created humans on Day 6.

 

 

Read Genesis 1:26-27

 

It’s interesting that humans were made on the same day as the land animals. Humans are a lot like some of the land animals, monkeys in particular.

 

 

In fact, did you know that humans and chimpanzees are ________% the same, genetically speaking?





If humans and chimpanzees are 98% the same genetically, doesn’t that give us a good clue that humans must have evolved from chimpanzees? Or that chimpanzees and humans both have a common genetic ancestor?

 

 

Read Genesis 1:26-27.

 

 

What does it mean to be made in God’s image?

 

 

Sin _____________________ the image of God in us, so we’re not perfect anymore.

Read Genesis 5:2-3.

 

 

Whose image was Adam made in?

 

 

Whose image was Seth made in?

 

 

Seth isn’t made completely in God’s image. He is made in his father’s image, which has been ________________________.

 

The Good News is that Christ is making us perfect again.

 

Read Colossians 3:9-10.

 

 

Read Genesis 1:26.

 

 

God says, “Let ________ make man in ____________ image.” Who is God talking to?

 

 

How else are humans made in God’s image, or to be like the Trinity?

 

 

Why did God create humans? What was His motivation? Why didn’t God just stop on Day 6 with the animals, with the chimpanzees? Why does He keep working with us to restore us and bring us back into His image again?

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