LISTEN: What It Means To Bear God’s Image (The Study of God #52)

Let’s start out reading the Word of God Itself. Today’s passage of Scripture is Hosea 6:6 which reads: “For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.”

Today’s words from a theologian are from Oswald Chambers. He said: “Jesus Christ reveals, not an embarrassed God, not a confused God, not a God who stands apart from the problems, but One who stands in the thick of the whole thing with man.”

Our topic for today is titled “What It Means To Bear God’s Image” from “Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day” by Dr. Daryl Aaron

Dr. Daryl Aaron writes…

What It Means to Bear God’s Image

What are some implications? For one thing, even though we do share some characteristics, only God is infinite and unlimited. A fundamental part of being human is to be finite and have limitations. We will have these limitations forever. Again, this means that we always will be—and should always acknowledge that we are—dependent upon the infinite and unlimited One.

For another, since humans bear the image of God, human life is sacred. This also has implications for any violence against unborn children and for all forms of abuse—physical, verbal, sexual, emotional. All of these violate God’s image in the individual.

Furthermore, since all humans bear the image of God, all forms of racial, ethnic, age, economic, or gender prejudice or supremacy are wrong. All humans come from the same place (God) and have the same being (God’s image). We must treat all people with dignity, equality, compassion, and care.

Finally, reflecting the image of God is the primary way humans fulfill their purpose to glorify Him. He created us for this purpose, to represent him to the rest of creation. We are not God, but we are mirrors of God and His glory.

TRAGIC FACT If God created us in his image to reflect his glory, there is a problem: Our mirrors have been distorted by sin. Apart from His help, we cannot accurately and fully reflect God’s glory. We will take this up in a few chapters. The solution is God’s salvation through Jesus Christ.

Let’s Pray —

Before we close, dear friend, I want to remind you that while it is important to engage in the study of God, it is far more important that you have a relationship with God. I fear that there are a lot of people who will die knowing a lot about God, but not really knowing God. You don’t want to be one of those people.

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.