Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Created in God's Image

Part 1 of the Bible study series God's Image Bearers



Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness….” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Gen. 1:26-27).


Introduction 

Our purpose in life is rooted in the fact that we were created in the image of God. The Hebrew words for “image” and “likeness” refer to something that is similar but not identical to the thing it represents. Being created in God’s image means we were made to be like God and represent God.


Discussion

Read Gen. 1:26-31. What does it mean to be human?


Explanation

We are not empty cups that need to be filled by God. Rather, we are broken mirrors that need to be put together by God. Read Gen. 5:1-3; 9:6; James 3:9. How has God’s image in us been affected by the fall?

Nearly every error in anthropology puts us up to be like God or pushes us down to be like animals. How does Gen. 1:26-31 present both the humility and the dignity of humanity? 

God has two kinds of attributes: unshared (omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence) and shared (holiness, love, truth). How are we like God morally?

“God is spirit” (John 4:24), and He has given us immortal spirits. How are we like God spiritually?

We have an ability to reason and think logically that sets us apart from the animal world. How are we like God mentally? 

We were created by the Trinity. God did not need to create us because He was lonely. In eternity past, there was perfect fellowship between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. How are we like God relationally? 


Application 

What are the dominant views about humanity in our culture?

How are these views in opposition to Scripture?

How does the truth of being created in the image of God affect the way you view your life?