We have the opportunity to eavesdrop on a divine dialogue when we read Genesis 1:26. 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, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
“Let us…” God is three persons in one. He is, was and always will exist as Father, Son and Holy Spirit…the triune God in perfect, eternal, loving companionship.
My friend, Tia, said she loves knowing that even before God created the earth, He was the Father loving the Son, Jesus. He has always been a father. It’s who He is. He’s the perfect Father, loving in every way.
When Jesus walked on this earth, He taught about God’s character but more than any other trait, Jesus taught that God was a good, good Father.
A question I’ve asked God many times…Why did You want to add to Your family? Knowing the heartache we must bring as wayward, defiant children, why create mankind? I don’t have an answer but I surmise, affirmed by Scripture, that God’s love is so immense, He wanted to pour it out upon His creation.
“Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…” Can we pause and consider the immensity of that statement? We are created in the image of our Creator, God Almighty. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. Designed for a purpose. Created for relationship.
God uniquely shared some of His divine characteristics with mankind. Perhaps that is why human life is so precious to Him. And why we should also value life.
We were originally created to be totally loving, gracious, merciful, good, kind, faithful, truthful, righteous and holy. We were meant to be a reflection of God’s glory. We only catch faint glimpses of these attributes now because they are marred, distorted and misused (more about why on another day).
Some attributes of His, God did not share. God, and only God, is infinite and immeasurable. He alone is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. He is sovereign.
Perhaps God reserved these traits for His sole possession so we might recognize His greatness and thereby, worship Him as He deserves.
Perhaps God protected us from the irreparable damage we would have done had we possessed these traits. That’s what a good Father does…He protects His children.
Yes, I have a good, good Father and I want to grow up to resemble Him. And I want to respect that my Father is also the one and only God. There is no one like Him.
Question to ponder:
Do I trust God as my Father?
When do I exhibit the image of God?