Made in the Image of God | Genesis 1:26-27

Genesis 1:26-27 says that all people are made in the image of God. Being God’s image-bearers means that every human has a specific and noble purpose; every human is of great value to God; and every human needs Jesus.

Timothy "TA" AteekOct 2, 2022
Genesis 1:26-27

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Made in the Image of God | Genesis 1:26-27
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God ascribes greatness to something that seems insignificant: you and I. Genesis 1:26-27 says that all people are made in the image of God. There are three truths we can learn from this fact.

  • Every human has a specific and noble purpose. You have been made to know God and make Him known. That is the point and purpose of your life. Specifically, people are created to:
    • Relate to God. God has set eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
    • Represent or reflect God. God has made us like Him; we can think, feel, and act in ways that reflect His attributes.
    • Rule for God. God has made us to rule over the earth for Him (Genesis 1:26).
  • Every human is of great value to God. Being made in the image of God gives value and dignity to every human being regardless of ethnicity, productivity, capacity, or viability. Are you choosing to acknowledge or ignore the image of God in:
    • Your friends and family? When you talk down to anyone—your kids, spouse, roommate, community group member, coworker—you are ignoring the image of God in them and saying that you are more valuable than them.
    • Complete strangers? Do you treat your server at a restaurant or the customer support representative on the phone as someone with great value? Do you consume pornography, and thereby treat a fellow image-bearer of God as an object?
    • Other races and ethnicities? God created people with different skin tones, languages, and cultures. That variety is part of the image of God. Do you appreciate different cultures and speak up in the face of racism?
    • The unborn? A child has the image of God from the point of conception (Psalm 139:13-16). And if you have had an abortion, you are still just as valuable to God.
    • The LGBTQ community? Part of being created in the image of God is that He created us male and female (Genesis 1:27). He also created marriage and sex to be between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:24). Though we should be clear on what Scripture says, we should also let everyone know that they are loved and help them understand that the gospel is also for them.
    • In yourself? God gives us value; we don’t have to earn it or feel that we are unworthy of His love because of what we have done.
  • Every human needs Jesus. We have all sinned. While sin didn’t erase the image of God in us (Genesis 9:6), it has defaced the image of God. So God sent His Son, the actual image of God (Colossians 1:15), to pay for our sins and make a way for us to fulfill the purpose for which we have been created (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • How are you doing at seeing yourself and the people around you as image-bearers of God? Is there anyone you need to ask forgiveness from because of how you have treated them?
  • Are you trying to build a temporary kingdom for yourself, or are you focused on playing your part in building God’s eternal kingdom? What needs to change?
  • How can you better focus your life on your true purpose of knowing God and making Him known?