Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."Genesis 1:26(NASB)
Mankind is unique within the creation for man was made in the image and likeness of the Godhead, Who speaks; thinks; wills; acts and feels. God is Spirit and He is invisible while man is flesh and is clothed with a physical form and yet like his Creator, man was given the ability to communicate through speech; the power to reason with his mind; the freewill to make wise choices; the capacity to work and the privilege to expresses his inner feeling through a variety of God-given emotions.
Mankind was further entrusted with sovereignty over the whole earth, and because everything that God made was very good, mankind was created with the capacity to think; speak; will; act – and to feel a-right.
The triune God made man as a triune being, with body, soul and spirit, and it is this very tri-unity of being, that is unique among creation and which is endowed with a God-consciousness, spiritual capacities and a moral nature that distances humanity from every other created being.
Man was the last brushstroke in God’s 7-day creative masterpiece, the final full-stop in creation’s story, the closing chord of His magnificent symphony, the pinnacle of His splendid super-structure, underlining the peculiar importance of man in God’s economy, for man was to be God’s representative on earth, crowned with his Maker’s authority for he was clothed in the image and likeness of the Father.
We all know of the shocking fall of the first MAN – the first ADAM, causing his progeny to be made in his fallen image. But God in His grace had planned a new creation – a second MAN, the last ADAM, so that in Christ, humanity could be redeemed from his sin, renewed in righteousness after the image of God, restored into his rightful sovereign position, in Christ and reinstated as God’s representative of earth, for all who believe in Him.
Father I stand in awe of Your grace and wisdom. Thank You for my creation, salvation and the glories that you have prepared for me in the eternal ages to come. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, in Christ’s name I pray, AMEN.