Gen 1:26-27 – 26Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” 27So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
1] WE MIRROR GOD’S NATURE
- Creative & Artistic
- Spiritual beings
# Human beings were thus created to be God’s image-bearers: creative, thinking, artistic, moral, relational beings who hunger after God
2] WE REPRESENT GOD’S RULE
Let us make human beings in our image and likeness, so that they may rule/ reign…[Gen 1:26]
Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground [Gen 1:28]
Psa 8:3-8 – 3When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers – the moon and the stars you set in place – 4what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? 5Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. 6You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority – 7the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, 8the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents.
3] WE REFLECT GOD’S DIGNITY, BEAUTY & WORTH
# Every human being – man-woman, child-adult, white-black-brown, high caste-Dalit, beggar-business tycoon – every race, nationality, religion, ethnic community – we have all been created in God’s image!
# God has called us to be His Image-bearers on our journey towards Fullness of Life – so people will look at us and see something of God in us