Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

In His Image

“God created man in His own image, in

the image of God He created him…” Gen

1:27

What does it mean to be created in God’s image?

Between Genesis 1 vs 26 and 27, God repeats four times that we are created, and He repeats four times that we are created in His image and likeness. It is pretty clear that He is stressing the point, not so? So what is He saying and why is it so important to believe this? In various places in the Bible God is referred to as a potter, with us as the clay; as a potter shapes and moulds the clay into the desired vessel, so God shapes and moulds us. Note that He does not stand at a distance and command the clay to come alive and become human, but the Hebrew word translated as 'create' in verse 27 is bara, which means to fashion, or form. God is very hands-on as He fashions and forms us. Verse 26 speaks of Him having a very clear idea about what He was going to create, and He had a very definite purpose for which He would create us. What was His blueprint? The blueprint was Himself, His own image. This last creation would be an image, or reflection, of Himself. This does not necessarily mean, nor infer, that we look like Him; He is spirit and we are flesh, but He has created us to be like Him. If someone was to point out that a little girl was 'just like her mother', they would not necessarily be speaking of her looking like her mother, but rather that she had the same character and mannerisms as her mother. When God created us, He created us with His character. So, if you truly want to know who you are at the core of your being, this is the place to start. Yes, these characteristics have been distorted by sin in each of us, but the Holy Spirit is working to get us back into to our original design. Get into the Word of God, the Bible, and get to know the character of God. If it overwhelms you to think of reading the whole Bible at this stage, then immerse yourself in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), and do a character study on Jesus. On one occasion, one of Jesus' disciples, Phillip, asked Jesus to show them the Father. Jesus responded to Phillip and said, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Phillip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father..." (John 14:9) Take time and ponder this truth : I have been created in God's image, in His likeness; according to His character. For a start consider the following attributes, and then ask the Holy Spirit to reveal others to you as you read the Bible. The Bible tells us God is Love. (1 John 4:8) He says of Himself that He is : a. Compassionate (Exodus 34:6) b. Gracious (Exodus 34:6) c. Slow to anger (Exodus 34:6) d. Abounding in lovingkindness (mercy) (Exodus 34:6) e. Abounding in truth (Exodus 34:6) f. Forgiving (Exodus 34:7) g. Gentle (Matthew 11:29) h. Humble (Matthew 11:29) Timothy tells us God is Faithful (2 Timothy 2:13) The Apostle Peter tells us that God is Patient (2 Peter 3:9) Now you go and build upon that as you read the Bible, and ask the Holy Spirit to make those characteristics more and more visible in you as you experience them in Jesus in your daily life. This is what it means to be transformed into the image of Jesus. Does this mean we all becomes clones? No! There are an infinite number of ways in which to express these characteristics, and as they are reflected though your unique personality, you will reflect Jesus in the uniqueness of you.
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
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Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

In His Image

“God created man in His own

image, in the image of God He

created him…” Gen 1:27

What does it mean to be created in God’s

image?

Between Genesis 1 vs 26 and 27, God repeats four times that we are created, and He repeats four times that we are created in His image and likeness. It is pretty clear that He is stressing the point, not so? So what is He saying and why is it so important to believe this? In various places in the Bible God is referred to as a potter, with us as the clay; as a potter shapes and moulds the clay into the desired vessel, so God shapes and moulds us. Note that He does not stand at a distance and command the clay to come alive and become human, but the Hebrew word translated as 'create' in verse 27 is bara, which means to fashion, or form. God is very hands-on as He fashions and forms us. Verse 26 speaks of Him having a very clear idea about what He was going to create, and He had a very definite purpose for which He would create us. What was His blueprint? The blueprint was Himself, His own image. This last creation would be an image, or reflection, of Himself. This does not necessarily mean, nor infer, that we look like Him; He is spirit and we are flesh, but He has created us to be like Him. If someone was to point out that a little girl was 'just like her mother', they would not necessarily be speaking of her looking like her mother, but rather that she had the same character and mannerisms as her mother. When God created us, He created us with His character. So, if you truly want to know who you are at the core of your being, this is the place to start. Yes, these characteristics have been distorted by sin in each of us, but the Holy Spirit is working to get us back into to our original design. Get into the Word of God, the Bible, and get to know the character of God. If it overwhelms you to think of reading the whole Bible at this stage, then immerse yourself in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), and do a character study on Jesus. On one occasion, one of Jesus' disciples, Phillip, asked Jesus to show them the Father. Jesus responded to Phillip and said, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Phillip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father..." (John 14:9) Take time and ponder this truth : I have been created in God's image, in His likeness; according to His character. For a start consider the following attributes, and then ask the Holy Spirit to reveal others to you as you read the Bible. The Bible tells us God is Love. (1 John 4:8) He says of Himself that He is : a. Compassionate (Exodus 34:6) b. Gracious (Exodus 34:6) c. Slow to anger (Exodus 34:6) d. Abounding in lovingkindness (mercy) (Exodus 34:6) e. Abounding in truth (Exodus 34:6) f. Forgiving (Exodus 34:7) g. Gentle (Matthew 11:29) h. Humble (Matthew 11:29) Timothy tells us God is Faithful (2 Timothy 2:13) The Apostle Peter tells us that God is Patient (2 Peter 3:9) Now you go and build upon that as you read the Bible, and ask the Holy Spirit to make those characteristics more and more visible in you as you experience them in Jesus in your daily life. This is what it means to be transformed into the image of Jesus. Does this mean we all becomes clones? No! There are an infinite number of ways in which to express these characteristics, and as they are reflected though your unique personality, you will reflect Jesus in the uniqueness of you.
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
Prev Next