The Meaning Of Man, Part 1

February 23, 2008

“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” – Genesis 1:26

What is the meaning of man?

The answer is on page one of the Bible. It says “and God created man in His own image.” What does it mean to be in the image of God? It doesn’t mean physical appearance, but it does mean in God’s likeness.

We can think like God. We can reason. We are creative.

We are to rule over creation. We need to care for it, protect it, and use it in a way that is pleasing to God.

We are spiritual beings. Unlike the animals, we can worship God. God desires a personal relationship with us.

We are moral beings. Man deals with right and wrong. The best way for us to do this is to obey God’s Word in faith.

If we submit to God, we reflect His nature. But when we don’t, we look more like beasts. Understanding this, does your life reflect the image of God or are you more like an animal?