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Made in His Image Part 2

“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female.”  Genesis 1:27


Humans are different than any other species that exists.  Why?  The most important reason is that we are made in the image of God.  Our Creator chose to make us in His likeness.  Why?  So that we may have eternal relationship with Him.  We are made to have attributes of our Father.  He has created us with “spirit, mind, emotions, self-consciousness and power of choice.”  (Genesis 2:19-20; 3:6-7; 9-6) While there are some amazing animals in this world, they do not have the same opportunity to have relationship with God as we do.  


When God created Adam and Eve the scripture shows us a perfect relationship between God and His children.  Adam and Eve were created without sin.  They talked with God, they understood what He asked them to do and were obedient.  God blessed them and made provision for them in every way. 


A problem arose, however, when Satan entered the garden in the form of a serpent, and he could talk too.  Eve decided to listen to the serpent and disobey the words given by her Creator. This didn’t work out for her or us.  Immediately fear, shame, guilt and disconnect was ushered in through sin, and now Adam and Eve were hiding from God rather walking, talking, and being blessed by God.


Although sin with consequences arrived on planet earth, the Father shed the blood of an animal for a covering for Adam and Eve, to mirror His Son’s crucifixion for our sins generations later.  God cursed the serpent, but He did not curse Adam and Eve.


Today, Jesus talks to us through His Word, and we can talk to Him with our words, prayer, petitions, intercession, praise, worship sweet communion to name a few, to continue building our relationship with Him.  The Holy Spirit points us to truth and when we act on that, it continues to deepen our relationship.  His Spirit lives with you and will be in you. May we reflect that precious relationship to the world.   Jesus tells we are not orphans.  We are not alone, abandon, or forgotten.  How thankful we should be to have such deep abiding love with as we continue to deepen our relationship with Him. 


Moses was mentioned as a friend of God as was Enoch and Noah.  David was a man after God’s own heart.  Jesus said of his disciples, they were his friends.  John the beloved had a special place in Jesus’s heart as well.  How did all of these mentioned get there? The answer is through a deep abiding relationship with their Lord that He has made available to all His children.  What a thought that the King of Kings has made it possible to have relationship with Him by His design.  What an incredible opportunity to accept that invitation.

Pastor Ruth Kaunley


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