Did you know humans are created in the image and likeness of God? The Bible supports this concept. Read Genesis 1:26-27.
“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” -Genesis 1:26-26 (NIV)
This passage clearly teaches that God created us to be like Him, but what exactly does image-bearer mean? How are we like God? Here are some examples: We have moral awareness, creativity, willpower, stewardship, intelligence, leadership, and a desire for relationships.
All of these attributes are similar between God and humans. However, the major difference is the qualitative nature. God is not just morally aware; He is without sin. Perfect. An all-consuming fire. Holy. He has “no defect” like we do ( Gen. 1:31; Deut. 8:16; Psa. 107:8; 118:1; Nahum 1:7; Mark 10:18; Rom. 8:28).
God is not just intelligent like the human race. He possesses all knowledge. He is omnisciently aware of every grain of sand in the sea, all the stars in the universe, and even our deepest thoughts. The Psalmist knew this well. He cried out to God:
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
The God of this universe is infinitely perfect in moral character, intelligence, power, creativity, etc. Because Yahweh is infinite and everything else in the universe is finite, God possesses a unique category. He is the Creator. All other entities (Angels, humans, animals, stars) are created.
Furthermore, God is the necessary being of the Universe. This means He is not dependent on any other being, but every being is causally dependent on Him. Without God, there would be “no-thing,” since all of us rely upon the Creator for life. Acts 17:28 states, “For in God we live and move and have our being.”
Lastly, Scripture teaches many characteristics of God. His love, wisdom, power, purity, patience, etc, but His greatest character of all is His holiness. Holiness means God is separate, distinct, unique. The Lord is unlike anything else because of His infinite majesty. He is an all-consuming fire. Isaiah 6:3 makes this clear:
“And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” – Isaiah 6:3
You may be wondering. How then does the infinite holiness of God apply to my life? And my answer is quite simple: It applies to every facet of your being. It should change your attitude, relationships, worldview, political affiliation, work ethic, and innermost personality. When you encounter the holiness of God, it will change you.
The best advice I have for you is this: The more time you spend with God, the greater the person you will become. The greater the person you become, the more glory Jesus will receive. The more glory Jesus receives from His creation, the greater our world will be.
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