Lesson 8 Man, In the Image of God
Reading: Psalm 100.
God created man in his own
image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
1:26, 27. And God said, Let us make man in our image,
after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and
over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over
every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27So God created
man in his own image, in the
image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
5:1. This is the book of the
generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God
made he him.
7:29. Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have
sought out many inventions.
3:9, 10. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with
his deeds; 10And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that
4:22Ė24. That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which
is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23And be renewed in the
spirit of your mind; 24And that ye put on the new man, which after
God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
ON THE LESSON TEXT
1:26. God proposes to create man in his
own image. The dominion given to man in the creation shows that he is far
superior to the beasts. V27. God carried out his plan in the creation of
5:1. The same truth is related, making Adam the first man.
7:29. Man was created morally
upright but has since changed that condition. The original man was very good.
3:9, 10. The change in conversion includes putting on the new man. This new
man is in Godís image which must be a moral image.
4:22Ė24. The image or likeness of God is here said to be righteousness and
TOPIC: MAN, IN THE IMAGE OF GOD
is man. Whatever man is today is essentially what man has always been. The Bible
assures us that the first man was in Godís image.
Man is not a brute. Among all the beasts there was no mate found for Adam. The
formation of Eve was necessary that he might have a companion. This accounts for
the lack of intermediate forms between man and beast. These are quite distinct.
B) He was not of a low type. The Bible picture of Adam does not indicate that he
was a base type of man. The notion that primitive man was scarcely more than a
brute, living in caves or trees is without proof.
He was not a savage. This is shown in the dominion given to man. This dominion
Adam immediately assumed, naming the beasts presented before him. B) The Stone
Age. Much is said of a stone age as though all men had passed through it. Some
races, as the American Indians, have but recently passed such an age. The
farther back one goes in Egyptian history the higher he finds civilization. Much
the same is true of the Euphrates Valley from whence Egypt received her
civilization. C) Civilization is derived. The civilization of Europe comes from
Egypt, Phoenicia, and the East. American civilization comes from Europe, and the
interior of Africa is now receiving its civilization from Europe and America.
There is no record of any race civilizing itself.
THE IMAGE OF GOD
was created in Godís image. This image, through nature and through redemption,
is still the possession of man.
Not the physical man.
Manís body is much like the beastís. Although man is not a beast, in
physical form he is not essentially different from them. Both have much the same
general structure, organs, and powers. B) ďGod is a spirit.Ē He is not a
physical form, hence man, to be in Godís image, just be a spirit. It is the
spirit of man, not the body, that is in Godís image.
The intellectual image.
Man, like God, possesses intelligence. The faculty of knowing, though not
reaching the infinitude of Godís omniscience, is, never-the-less, after
Godís image. Man is far removed from the beasts in the range and extent of his
knowledge, especially in his possession of reason. B) Sensibilities. Man is
susceptible of feelings entirely out of the range of the beast
kingdomófeelings that prove him to be akin to God. C) Man possesses free will.
Through the use of this power he approaches near unto God. The exercise of this
faculty is the greatest privilege given to a creature.
THE MORAL IMAGE
manís intellectual powers are after Godís likeness, it is rather in moral
constitution that the image of God is revealed. In this respect man is
completely removed from the lower creation and made like God.
faculty of conscience shows that man is a moral creature. This power reveals
that man is a creature of duty, that he is responsible for his deeds, and
responsible to someone. The functions of conscience may be compared to the three
divisions of government.
Legislative. A function of conscience is to decide whether an act is right or
wrong. The decision is made in the light of the knowledge possessed by the
individual. All men have an intuition of right which is quite safe, yet
conscience, being subject to education, may wrongly decide as to the rightness
or wrongness of an act.
Executive. It is also a function of conscience to impel its possessor to do what
it has decided is right. The intensity of this urging depends upon the moral
state of the person, whether his conscience be tender or seared.
Judicial. When the decision is made or the deed done the conscience sits as
judge of the doer either to approve or condemn.
All men intuitively consider themselves free. It is only in the realm of
speculation that free will is denied.
The feeling of responsibility concerning our actions is a proof of freedom. Why
should a man feel remorse over an act he was powerless to prevent? The denial of
freedom is the denial of moral responsibility.
Freedom is shown in deliberation. Men hesitate before making a choice, wishing
to make the right choice. If he is at liberty to do only what he is predestined
to do there is no occasion for deliberation or delay.
Manís freedom is limited. Choice must be made between available alternatives.
The sinner is represented as not free, and such freedom is promised through
Christ. The sinnerís lack of freedom is due to the lack of righteous
character. ďWhen I would do good, evil is present with me.Ē This loss of
power is the result of sin. We must have a moral character.