Man Made of God
Then God said, “Let us make man in our reflection, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them. (Ge 1:26-27 NIV)
I. Introduction: In our efforts to listen to God's words to us, we often neglect what might be called his "first word" to us. This is the gift of ourselves to ourselves: our existence, our nature, our personal history, our uniqueness, our identity. All that we have, and indeed, our very existence, is one of the unique and never-to-be-repeated ways God has chosen to express himself in space and time. Each of us, because we are made in God's image and likeness, is yet another promise that he has made to the universe that he will continue to love it and care for it. Citation: Mother Teresa, Leadership, Vol. 10, no. 4.
II. The Conversation Of God
A. Man Was Decisively Planned
B. Man Was Distinctively Pictured
C. Man Was Delegated Authority
III. The Creation Of Humanity
A. Honored With The Investment Of God
B. Exhibiting The Image Of God
C. Operating In Relationship As God
IV. Conclusion: A man by his sin may waste himself, which is to waste that which on earth is most like God. This is man's greatest tragedy, God's heaviest grief.
Citation: A.W. Tozer, The Root of the Righteous. Christianity Today, Vol. 41, no. 5.