In his image

Read Genesis 1:26-30.

This describes the creation of humanity.  Men and women are made equally in God’s image.  As his image-bearers, this means that we in someway reflect his likeness. There are characteristics we share with him.  On this basis, if God is holy then we too should be holy and pursue godliness. If God is love, then we too should be loving. We should love him with our whole hearts and we should love our neighbours as ourselves. 

If all human beings are made in God’s image, then all should be treated with dignity and respect.  This truth applies from conception to grave. It means that the unborn child in the womb is a living human being made in God’s image. It means that the elderly patient in hospital is also made in God’s image and owes their breath to him not to other humans.  Genesis 1:26-30 therefore has implications for how we deal with ethical questions concerning abortion and euthanasia. It affects too how we address accusations of abuse.

As image bearers, we are God’s ambassadors’ or representatives here. So, God blesses the first humans, just as he has blessed other creatures, telling them to be fruitful and multiply.  However, there is a further instruction to humans.  God’s creative role is about forming and filling, so now, he exercises providential reign over creation through the humans who are to take on that role. They are to fill creation by populating the World but they are also to form or order things by subduing creation.

This creation mandate has not been revoked and so it means that there is great value and worth in our day to day work as believers. Parenting, teaching, engineering, medical care, creative arts, construction, labouring, farming, cleaning etc are all valuable roles.

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