How was man made in God’s image?

made in God’s imageGenesis says we were made in God’s image. But we are also sinners? In what way do we resemble God?

In Genesis 1 we read:

Genesis 1:26-27 (NKJV)

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Remember God did not create man in his sinful condition. Man was created without sin but became sinful after Adam disobeyed, therefore Adam’s sin marred mankind. This makes our present condition not reflective of our original state prior to sin; in the image of God. The Godhead (i.e., “Us”) declares that Man will be made in the “image” and “likeness” of God. In the original Hebrew, the word translated image is tselem, which means a depiction or representation of something. For example, the same word is used in this passage referring to a drawing:  made in God’s image Continue reading

Abraham’s Tale of Two Covenants – Conclusion

Abraham's Tale of Two CovenantsLook at what God says Today we conclude Abraham’s tale of two covenants 4… Abraham has to do and also his descendants. They must agree that male children in the household, all those who are a part of the family and household will be circumcised.

Trusting that everyone understands what circumcision means, I won’t give any details now. This is not the moment that circumcision was invented or established. Circumcision was something that was practiced in ancient cultures even before this time and outside of Israel. What God did instead is to take this practice and give it new meaning according to His purposes. The practice now is required not of only Abraham and his descendants but even to those in the household who are brought in and paid for as servants. And this event must take place on the eighth day of the infant’s life. You can see God’s handiwork by in Creation why we understand it was the eighth day that the infant was to be circumcised. Abraham’s Tale of Two Covenants Continue reading

Abraham’s Tale of Two Covenants 2

Abraham's Tale of Two CovenantsAbraham’s Tale of Two Covenants continues—Abraham was counted righteous based on his faith in God’s promises in the first covenant. Specifically, Abraham believed that God would bring Abraham descendants. His faith was the means by which God brought salvation.

Now Abraham has been told to receive circumcision. This command God gave was to produce a testimony not to produce salvation. There is a big difference. One can be a means to the other but only as God chooses to do so. Continue reading

Abraham’s Tale of Two Covenants 1

Abraham's Tale of Two CovenantsWe stopped last time in the middle in Abraham’s tale of two covenants. Let’s revisit some of the verses we read previously as we continue Abraham’s Tale of Two Covenants…

Genesis 17:7-14 (NKJV)

And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also, I give to you and your descendants after you the land in (of your sojournings) which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”

And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. 10 This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised; 11 and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you. 12 He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant. 13 He who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money must be circumcised, and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14 And the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.”   Abraham’s Tale of Two Covenants

God presented Abraham with a new covenant, working in conjunction with the first covenant. And God called this new covenant, Continue reading