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December 12, 2013
By Pastor David Chambers
First Baptist Church, Fairview
Did you know that humans were originally created in the image of God? The first two chapters of the Bible tell us of the creation, including the creation of humans. Genesis 1:27 states that we were created “in the image of God.” Wow. We were created as a reflection of Him. We were modeled after Him. The original humans were perfect, sinless creatures that lived in a perfect world with no problems, sicknesses or ills of any type; however, in Genesis chapter three, that all changed.
God placed them in a garden full of delicious, wonderful things to eat. They could eat of any of the trees except one — the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. We do not know how much time elapsed after their creation, but at some point Adam and Eve took of the fruit of the one tree that was forbidden them. God had given them the ability to choose whether or not to obey Him, and they chose to disobey — to sin. As a result, humans were removed from the garden and life became more difficult. The “image of God” was marred, and they were separated from God.
Since then, humans have sought to regain some semblance to the “image of God.” Physically we attempt to be strong and healthy. Emotionally we look for belonging and a sense of power or control of our circumstances. Spiritually we look to fill the void that is created by the absence of God in our lives.
Sadly many never think about looking to the One who is able to give us exactly what we need — God. If the “image of God” was and is marred by disobedience to God, then it stands to reason that only by obedience to God can His image be restored in us.
To be “in the image of God” follow the “Three Rs” of Acts 3:19: Repent (turn away from your sins). Receive forgiveness (blotting out) that is only offered in Christ. When you repent of your sins and receive the forgiveness of your sins through Christ, then you are refreshed (image restored) in the presence of the Lord.