Creation (Man)

I once heard the story of a little girl who learned in Sunday school that we came from dust and that we are going back to dust. When she got home she asked her mother if this is true? “Yes, darling, that’s true” her mother replied. The little girl then sai … More

Man

In the previous passage God made the large and small earth animals. The earth was now beautiful and filled with living creatures; however, there  was no one whom He could love and fellowship with and who could love and talk to Him in return. At this point God made man in His own image and in no way is he related to the beasts (vv. 26-31). Being in God’s image means that humans share, though imperfectly and finitely, in God’s nature, that is, in His communicable attributes (life, personality, truth, wisdom, love, holiness, justice), and so have the capacity for spiritual fellowship with Him. Though man was the last creature mentioned in the account, he did not evolve; he was created.

What animal can transmit accumulated achievements from one generation to another? What animal experiences a true sense of guilt when it does wrong? What animal ever learned to read and write or set goals and achieve long range objectives? What animal ever learned to cook its own food, make clothes or invent things? What animal ever enjoyed a hearty laugh? What animal has the gift of speech? Even the most primitive human tribe possesses complex linguistic abilities. Physically, he alone has the ability to communicate, and spiritually has the capacity to know the will of God.

God desired someone like Himself so on the sixth day God formed the first man’s body out of the dust of the ground and he breathed His own breath into this body and man became alive (Gen. 2:7):

1.  A Body - “The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground.

2.  A Spirit - “and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life”

3. A Soul - “and man became a living soul.”

After God’s own life was breathed into man’s spirit He called the first man He created Adam. God gives Adam  dominion over the creatures (v. 28) and later we find he gives them their name (Gen. 2:20).

Application

What does it mean that man has a living soul? It means that my soul will never die. Will my body die? Yes, when I die my body will be separated from my soul. Because I have trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior from sin, then my living soul will go with Him to Heaven.

Genesis 1:26-31 (English Standard Version)

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and 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. And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth." And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food." And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

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