This is Genesis 1:26-27:
Then God said,
“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the
sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that
creeps on the earth.”
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female
he created them. What does it mean to be created in the image of God? Books by the hundreds have been written on the imago dei, as it’s called. It’s a huge issue. Is it reason, is it emotion, is it that we have moral accountability? How are we like God? I’m going to avoid the whole controversy and say something much simpler: Images are created to image. Right? Why do you ever set up an image of anything? To image it! You put up a statue of Stalin, you
want people to look at Stalin and think about Stalin. You put up a statue of George Washington, look at it and think about the founding fathers. Images are made to image. So if God made us, unlike all the other animals, in his image, whatever it means in detail, this it means clearly: God’s the reality and we’re the image. Images are created to set forth the reality.Why did God create man? To show God! He created little images so that they would talk and act and feel in a way that reveals the way God is. So people would look at the way you behave, look at the way you think, the
way you feel, and say, God must be great, God must be real. That is why you exist. God didn’t create you as an end in yourself. He’s the end, you’re the means. And the reason that’s such good news is because the best way to show that God is infinitely valuable is to be supremely happy in him. If God’s people are bored with God, they are really bad images. God is not unhappy about himself. He is infinitely excited about his own glory.
– John Piper,
pg. 41, A Holy Ambition to Preach Christ Where He Has Not Been Named
Going back to looking at the Bible as the authority, because it is authored by the Authority, I’d like to take a quick look at a few places where the Author, God, tells us about ourselves.
*Our Father, Adam, sinned
Thus causing sin and a curse to pass on all men.
(Rom. 5.12; Gen 3.17-18).
Therefore all men are sinners (Rom 3.23) and
as sinners we can do nothing to please God, or to merit His salvation
This post was provided by a guest writer, James Wood, who will soon be joining us more regularly.
What God, the Authority, has to say:
All we like sheep have gone astray;we have turned—every one—to his own way;and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
– Isaiah 53.6
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,to see if there are any who understand,[a]who seek after God.
They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;there is none who does good,not even one.
– Psalms 14.1-3
As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands;no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;no one does good, not even one.” “Their throat is an open grave;they use their tongues to deceive.”“The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known.”
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
– Romans 3.10-18
…All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
– Romans 3.23
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned…
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins
– Eph 2.1-*