We Were Made in the Image of God
< Genesis 1:24-31 >
“Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth the
living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing
and beast of the earth, each according to its kind’; and it was
so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle
according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according
to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, ‘Let Us
make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have
dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and
over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing
that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in His own image;
in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply;
fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the
sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that
moves on the earth.’ And God said, ‘See, I have given you every
herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and
every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.
Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and
to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life,
I have given every green herb for food’; and it was so. Then God
saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So
the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
Today’s Scripture passage describes the sixth day
of the creation of the heavens and the earth. Chapter one of the
Book of Genesis provides a broad blueprint for God’s plan that allows
us to see the plan in its entirety. And it foretells God’s completion
of this design.
Our God created mankind for His glory, so that we
should be to the praise of His glory. As Genesis 2:1 says, “Thus
the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished,”
with His work on the sixth day, God completed everything He sought
On the sixth day, as God said, “Let the earth bring
forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping
thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind,” it
was done as He commanded. As God made animals of the earth, He saw
that it was good. After making all the cattle, beasts, and creepy
things of the earth according to each kind, God said, “Let Us
make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.”
Mankind Was Made in God’s
What is God’s image? On the last day of creation,
God said, “Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.”
This implies how God would make us His children.
Until the fifth day of the creation of the heavens
and the earth, God had made the sun, the moon, the stars in the
heavens, aquatic creatures such as fish, and birds in the sky. And
on the sixth day of creation God made all the land-dwelling animals,
from cattle to creepy things to the beasts of the earth. After this,
our God now wanted to make His children to live in the Garden of
When God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according
to Our likeness,” He truly wanted to make mankind in His image
and likeness. This image of God refers to the children of God who
are completely sinless before Him. So, put differently, God wanted
to make holy people on this earth—that is, the righteous.
My fellow believers, for what purpose did God make
us humans? God first prepared our Savior for us, then on the last
day He wanted to make us His children, and He did indeed make us.
God says, “So God created man in His own image; in the image of
God He created him.” To make us conform to the image of God through
the salvation of Jesus Christ was the very purpose for which God
made us. So we are God’s craftsmanship made in His likeness.
The masterpiece of all the creatures made by God is
none other than mankind, created in the image of God. That God made
human beings, who are no more than mere creatures, as His own children
in the likeness of His divine attributes is God’s providence. God
first made the whole universe and then He made Adam on the very
last day of creation. On this last day God made the masterpiece
of all masterpieces, and this was none other than mankind, whom
God made righteous and sinless according to His image and His likeness,
and turned into God’s children to partake in His divine attributes,
all through redemption in Jesus Christ. This is the Truth.
When the Bible says, “Thus the heavens and the earth,
and all the host of them, were finished,” it indicates the fact
that our God made us on the last day. On the sixth day of the creation
of the heavens and the earth, God made mankind, but He did so only
after making everything else. Moreover, God did not just make mankind
like all other creatures, but He made it according to His image,
according to “Our likeness.”
What, then, does it mean that God created human beings
in His image? It means that as God has no sin, He made mankind sinless;
as God is righteous, He made mankind righteous; and as God is King,
He made human beings as His sinless and righteous children, so that
they may succeed the authority of His Kingship.
We Are the Masterpiece of
We have received the remission of our sins by believing
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, the gospel of the righteousness
of God. That we have received the remission of our sins is the very
reflection of our creation by God, made according to His image and
likeness. God made mankind in the likeness of His image on the last
day of creation, on its sixth day.
When we consider ourselves carefully, we can realize
that we are the masterpiece of all God’s masterpieces. God made
the whole universe, and of all the creatures of this world, He chose
you and me, the born-again, and made us His own children, so that
we may rule over the universe. Having been born again by believing
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, we have now been made
God’s children by God Himself.
It is absolutely not true that we appeared on the
planet earth by accident through mutation, as claimed by the theory
of evolution, which is nothing more than a man-made hypothesis.
The fact that we are living in harmony with all other creatures,
and that we were born as God’s children who inherited the right
to rule over them, can never be described as a mere coincidence.
This is something that was achieved according to God’s plan established
at the very beginning. God made us, and according to His image,
He made us sinless and holy.
It is not through our own effort and change that we
become God’s children, but it is according to how God had already
planned in His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, that we are turned
into the born-again righteous, reigning and ruling over everything
in the world. This is God’s doing, not ours. God Himself made us
through Jesus Christ. None other than this is what is meant by the
fact that God created us according to His image.
God wanted to make us His children, and it is according
to this will that He created us on the last day. With what kind
of plan did God make us humans? God did not make the universe and
everything in it without any plan. Everything in the universe was
created by God to give to His children. God made human beings according
to His image to make them His children. This is the purpose for
which God made mankind. Even though human beings are no more than
mere creatures, God made them sinless, and thereby turned them into
His own children with real sovereign power. So, considering
this, we the born-again may be described as the greatest masterpiece
of all God’s creation.
Can a human being make another human being? Of course
not. As creatures, we belong to God’s creation, but because we are
actually God’s sons and daughters, we are not just in the universe,
but we are standing over it. So we need to realize what an amazing
and great grace it is that out of all His creatures, God chose us
to be made His children.
How were we made? God said, “Let Us make man in
Our image, according to Our likeness,” and God was pleased to
have made mankind. It is God who made us.
As what kind of beings did God make us? He made us
as His children. Since God Himself says that He made human beings
His own children, does this then mean you are also Gods’ children?
Of course! You are not just ordinary human beings, but you are God’s
children. People routinely say that mankind is the “master of all
creation,” but in fact, we are God’s children who have come to partake
in His divine attributes.
“Can mere creatures dare to be placed in the same
position as the Creator?” Some may question like this. No, this
does not mean that we, mere creatures, should be so arrogant and
presumptuous that we would covet God’s place. Rather, we have become
God’s children because God had already made us so by creating mankind
according to His image from the very beginning, and because we believe
in this. This was made possible all because the Almighty God had
already made us as His children from the foundation of the world
through Jesus Christ, and because He has given the same authority
and glory as His to those who know this and believe in it. God made
us according to His image.
We Are to the Praise of God’s
God’s work is truly amazing. If we realize the fact
that God made us according to His image, we can also realize why
Satan is trying to challenge God on this earth and cover His glory.
And we can also grasp the reason why we must give thanks to God
everyday and praise Him wholeheartedly.
The purpose for which God created us is explained
in Ephesians 1:12: “That we who first trusted in Christ should
be to the praise of His glory.” Herein lies the very purpose
for which God made us—“that we… should be to the praise
of His glory.”
What, then, does it mean that God made us so that
we “should be to the praise of His glory”? It means that God allowed
us, who are no more than creatures, to put on the image of the Son
of God. This is none other than God’s glory. In other words, God
has clothed us with His own glory. It is because God has clothed
us with His glory that we are praising Him, to return this glory
back to God again. It is to thank God for the grace that has allowed
us to put on His glory that we give praise to God.
The purpose of His creation is “That we who first
trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.” On
the sixth day of God’s creation of the heavens and the earth, He
made us according to His image and likeness. Since God turned us,
mere creatures, into His own children, this means that God has clothed
us in boundless glory. None other than you and I have put on this
glory of God. It is you and I, who know that God made us according
to His image just like Himself, for His glory and by His love and
grace, that have put on the glory of God and should be to His praise.
God made us by giving Himself up. That is how we have
put on the glory of this grace, and we have become no less than
God’s own children partaking in His divine attributes (2 Peter 1:4),
no longer being mere creatures. It’s because God has thus clothed
us with His splendor and glory that Ephesians 1:12 says we “should
be to the praise of His glory.” We need to realize just how
glorious and splendid we have become, now that we have received
the remission of our sins from God.
A psalmist says, “A man who is in honor, yet does
not understand, Is like the beasts that perish” (Psalm 49:20).
Why is this the case? It is not to live in vain that God sent us
to be born from the womb of our mothers and carry on with our lives
in this world.
Yet despite this, people do not realize their original
selves, constantly mourning about how wretched their lives are.
They complain bitterly, lamenting, “My life is worse than a beast!
Why was I born on this earth?” However, our God absolutely did not
make us so that we would live like this, born in vain only to return
to a handful of dust without any purpose.
By clothing us with His glory, God has made us His
own sons and daughters. God made us in His own image and clothed
us in His glory, so that we would praise the glory of God the Father
forever. This is why God made us. God created us and made us be
born on this earth so that we would praise God for His Sovereignty
and glory all over the universe that He made.
How amazing it is! We knew nothing, and we were no
more than mere creatures, helpless and powerless. Yet now that we
are in the Lord, how have we changed? We have put on glory in the
Lord, we are now living in Him, and we have been made to be the
praise of the glory of God. God has made us give glory to Him. Of
the countless creatures that God made, God is so rejoiced to see
us the born-again, and we can only thank God for His grace and praise
Our glory is such that even angels desire it. Even
angels wish for the grace of God bestowed on us, wondering, “How
have human beings become God’s children? How do they conform to
the image of God?” At first, God made us slightly lowlier than angels,
but His plan was to recreate us according to His image and likeness.
When we begin worship service, we always sing hymns
praising God. Our praise is different from the ritualistic praise
given by the religionists of the world. With our lips we praise
God for clothing us in glory, and for bestowing us with His love
and grace through His glorious light. To praise God, who is our
glory, and to praise Him for clothing us with this glory of His,
we part our lips and exalt Him for everything He has done. This
is what praise is all about. This is the proper praise that we give.
It is our hearts that praise God out loud. It is with our hearts,
coming together into a single heart, that we praise our God for
what He has done for us.
Therefore, when we praise, we shouldn’t just sing
thoughtlessly. We should remember what kind of glory our God has
bestowed on us. We must remember that God has made us His children,
clothed us with glory and splendor, and made us dwell in everlasting
life. When we praise, it should be in remembrance of the glory that
God has clothed us.
God Has Redeemed Us from
All Our Sins
What God did on the sixth day is so amazing! After
making the heavens and the earth and everything in this world, God
did something truly marvelous, and we cannot help but praise Him
for this work.
What amazing work did God do to His people on the
fifth day? My fellow believers, on the fifth day, God told us how
we could live by faith, and He told us that He has made it possible
for our faith to grow and for us to live by faith. What God did
on the fifth day is also so amazing! God has given us great faith,
like wings, so that we may live by faith after being born again.
God has made us the righteous to soar above the earth of this world
and fly across the firmament of the heavens.
There is no way for those who are not born again to
live by faith. They cannot survive once they leave this earth. In
contrast, for us the born-again, though we are living on this earth,
our earthly lives are not our real lives, but we live heavenly lives
and do heavenly works by faith. In other words, it is not the earthly
life that we the born-again righteous people live, but it is the
This means that those who have now been born again
should no longer live for the things of the earth that would perish
away, but live a spiritual life by faith with everlasting life in
sight. God has made us the people of faith, so that by trusting
in God, we would freely enjoy the dominion of His Son and do His
Ephesians 1:14 says, “Who is the guarantee of our
inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to
the praise of His glory.” God has redeemed His purchased possession!
My fellow believers, through Jesus Christ, God has gained us as
His children. God the Father made us according to His image. By
redeeming us, God took us in as His own children.
In other words, once our God saved us, He began to
reign over us completely. We can never escape from His hands of
redemption. We can never depart from God’s glory. God leads the
born-again, His people, and reigns over them wholly, so that He
would never again lose us to the Devil.
Ephesians 1:5-6 describes the purpose for which God
created us. It is written, “Having predestined us to adoption
as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure
of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He
made us accepted in the Beloved.” The reason why God made us
His sons and daughters is so that we would be, “according to the
good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace,
by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”
God has made us His children. By His grace God has
remitted us from our sins. Through Jesus Christ God has washed away
all our sins as white as snow. So that there may be no more sacrifice
for sin, no more reason to receive the remission of sin again, God
has saved us completely and perfectly. It is written, “Now where
there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for
sin” (Hebrews 10:18). That Jesus Christ has saved us by His
grace means that Jesus Christ has made us His children.
“To the praise of the glory of His grace.” We praise
our God for being such a God of love and mercy. He is such a God
of grace that He has bestowed us with so much of His abundant grace,
loved us so perfectly, clothed us with His grace so completely,
and bestowed His own glory on us so flawlessly—and we praise
Him for all this. It is to make us praise God—His grace, His
glory, and His love—that God has saved us, so that we may
exalt Him high above. So when we raise our voices to praise God’s
glory, God is so pleased to have made us and saved us.
It is you and I who are to reveal the glory of God
on this earth. It is the born-again who are to proclaim God’s glory.
Our God created mankind on the last day of creation, making a man
and a woman, and our God blessed them. He gave them dominion over
all creation, saying to them, “Rule over everything on the earth.”
When God made us, He did not make us merely as ordinary creatures
like everything else. Fundamentally speaking, God made human beings
as His divine sons and daughters in the likeness of His own image,
thus clothing them in His glory. Tragically, however, countless
people still remain oblivious to this, living in this world in vain
only to perish away so wretchedly.
What Is a Spiritual Life?
My fellow believers, have you lived a spiritual life?
When we live a spiritual life, we can realize how God has glorified
us. It is after being born again that we begin to live a spiritual
life. What, then, is this spiritual life? It is to live by faith
for God, for the gospel and the Truth, ruling over the things of
the earth. Once you and I, the born-again, have the belief that
“God is making us live for His righteous work,” then from then on
our hearts are strengthened, and from then on God entrusts us with
His work so that we may do the work of righteousness and fulfill
spiritual ministries. In other words, God has entrusted us with
spiritual, righteous ministries. As we do the Lord’s work and live
our lives for the Lord, it is through this that the glory of God’s
grace is manifested, and God Himself is glorified by us.
Our God is glorified when He hears our praise. And
God is also glorified through the spreading of this gospel that
we do, through the lives that we live, and through everything that
we do. It is through our faith that God’s glory and authority are
manifested, His power is revealed, and His divinity is proclaimed.
Satan is the fallen angel whose arrogance led him
to his downfall. Challenging God, the Devil said, “I will ascend
above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High” (Isaiah
14:14). However, God drove out this angel from His Kingdom,
cast out the other angels that followed him as well, and then created
mankind in the likeness of His image. That’s why even angels, seeing
human beings made according to the image of God, envied them. That’s
because God glorified human beings to become His own children. Although
angels wish they could also put on such a glory, God made them suffice
as His servants, while He made mankind His children. That is why
the Bible says, “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance,
being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all
things according to the counsel of His will” (Ephesians 1:11).
God made us according to His desire. He made us according
to His will. So no creature can object to God. God took a rib of
Man, and made Woman out of it. God made us be born again by giving
a part of His body to us. Without expecting anything in return,
God made human beings according to His image, freely giving a part
of His body and even breathing His life into them, and God took
them as His children. Even the parents of the flesh give a part
of themselves to their children when conceiving them; likewise,
God bestowed His glory on human beings and gave them life, so that
they may live God’s spiritual life forever. In other words, by giving
His life to mankind and thus sanctifying it, God has made us holy
like Himself. None other than this is the very glory of God.
“Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host
of them, were finished”(Genesis 2:1). What marvelous things
our God is telling us in Genesis! By making you and me be born again,
God completed everything He sought to do.
That’s why God rested after making mankind be born
again. And He made the born-again live forever in the Garden of
Eden. Moreover, God also allowed His children to rule over everything
in the whole wide world. Therefore, it is you and I who are to reign
over all the dominion of God as His children.
My fellow believers, are our lives ruled by anyone
else? No, even as we live on this earth, we are not ruled by the
world. Are you then barely getting by in this world? No, we are
not such people. Do you realize just who we are? Apart from God,
there is no one else who can rule over us. At your work, you probably
feel as if you are pushed around by your boss, right? But does your
boss actually command even your hearts? No, of course not! There
is no one but God who has dominion over our hearts.
We are God’s people ruled by no other human being.
Our king is God Himself. We are His children, and as His children,
we live to rule over this world.
We Praise God’s Glory
My fellow believers, our God has made it possible
for us to live spiritually. God has enabled us to live by faith,
He has bestowed us with the abundant riches of His righteousness,
He has nurtured our faith to grow, and He has blessed us all. From
the very first day, our God divided the light from darkness, His
people from the rest, and those who stand on His side from those
who do not.
Once we are born again, and once we realize why God
loves us and why He has saved us through Jesus Christ out of all
His creatures, we come to now stand on God’s side. Those who thus
stand on God’s side by accepting His Word and glory come to put
on the glory of God. That is God’s justice. However, while some
people become God’s children by believing in Jesus Christ, still
others reject the majestic glory of Jesus Christ and His grace.
Such people are standing on Satan’s side, and as such, God cannot
clothe them with His glory.
The glory of God has already filled in abundance the
entire universe, this firmament, and us. God has made us righteous
with His justice. That God made us according to His image and likeness
is the greatest glory of all that God has bestowed on us in Jesus
However, countless people still believe in the words
of the prince of the power of the air, Satan the Devil, and deceived
by his words, they are unable to put on the glory of God. We see
countless people living accursed lives on this earth, standing against
Let us now recapitulate God’s message and reach our
conclusion. How is it possible that we are now able to live before
God as the masters of this earth and the Kingdom of Heaven? How
did we put on the grace of God that we have now come to proclaim
the Kingdom of God and the glory of our Lord far afield? All that
we can do is just give thanks to God for allowing us to live in
such tremendous blessings, for glorifying us to become God’s own
children, and for making us live spiritual lives.
You and I are kings of the Kingdom of Heaven. God
has bestowed us with such a grace. God has clothed us with His boundless
love. God has given us such an honor to become His own children.
By making us His children through His grace, God has enabled us
to partake in His divine attributes, and He has made us holy beings
like Himself. We should forever praise God for this, thank Him,
spread His righteousness, and live our spiritual lives for this
God did not place the righteous on this earth just
to live in vain. It is to make us praise His glory that God has
saved us. Jesus Christ has saved us, God has made us His children,
and although we are living among creatures, God is telling us that
we are not just creatures, but His children and kings of the Kingdom
That we are now kings, that the love of God is boundless,
and that God has bestowed this grace on us—we should testify
all these wonders, praising God for His grace, His love, and His
blessings. To our God who has clothed us in His grace, I give all
glory! For making us such children of God, I give all my thanks
to Him and glorify Him!
We are now enjoying everything that God has given
us in our lives. As God’s children, we will enjoy what the Father
has given us; as His people, we will testify the Lord our King far
afield; as His servants, we will serve the Lord who is our Master;
and as kings of His Kingdom, we will reign over all things—this
is how we will live the rest of our lives. We will live our daily
lives with our hearts filled with blessings, and when we go to the
Kingdom of our Lord, we will live with Him forever, enjoying all
His splendor, glory, blessings, and grace.