Summary: Predestined to be like Jesus. This sermon is part of a series "Welcome to the Planet"
SERIES: Welcome to the Planet #2
TEXT: Genesis 1:26-27, 2:7
TITLE: Creatively Wired
Read: Genesis 1:26 & 27
Imagine the excitement…the anticipation Creation Day #6…God has formed the very first man…but he’s laying lifeless.
The outer shell formed – the body made…but there is:
Eyes without sight
Ears without hearing
Lungs without air
Heart without a beat
God’s creation jewel…the exclamation point of His work. Formed…but not yet the first gasp of breath. Imagine.
I wonder if the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit gathered around the body and ask, “Are we sure? Are we ready for this?”
I know the wonder…the miracle moment of the birth of a newborn…I’ve been there…watched…but this…the first debut of humankind.
Maybe they said, “Ready or not”…we don’t know…but the King of Creation… Almighty God…the All powerful Master of the universe… “Breathed into the man – the breath of life”…and human kind became a “living being.”
Not simply “spoke” into existence like the rest of creation…but fashioned by God’s very hands.
Not simply “physical”…but spiritual in the very image and likeness of God Himself.
I don’t know what that all means…I know it’s beautiful…wonderful…humankind – creatively wired.
Humankind created with the abilities to think, reason, feel. Fashioned with a forever spirit. Empowered to rule and reign.
Humankind…from the beginning…was wired to reflect, resemble, and to represent God on earth.
But why? Why did God create man differently than the rest of creation? Why this one – in His image?
Let’s take a stab at it…here’s 6 reasons.
We’re going quick…
1. God created humankind in His image and likeness so He had a way to fill the earth with His own likeness.
2. So He could reveal His heart and nature to humankind.
3. So He could one day father a biological Son.
4. So he could have a vessel that would be tried and tested, purified and proven, and prepared to rule.
5. So He could one day bring forth the Church…the Body of Christ to be co-laborers, co-heirs. God’s representative of earth.
6. So He could enjoy fellowship.
That’s why God created man in His own image…in His own likeness.
You are who you are for a reason.
You’re part of an intricate plan.
You’re a precious and perfect unique design, Called God’s special woman or man.
You look like you look for a reason.
Our God made no mistake.
He knit you together within the womb,
You’re just what he wanted to make.
The parents you had were the ones He chose, And no matter how you may feel,
They were custom-designed with God’s plan in mind,
And they bear the Master’s seal.
No, that trauma you faced was not easy.
And God wept that it hurt you so;
but it was allowed to shape your heart
So that into his likeness you’d grow.
You are who you are for a reason,
You’ve been formed by the Master’s rod.
You are who you are, beloved,
Because there is an incredible God!!!
God created man in His image…in His likeness…
God created an eagle to fly.
God wired a snake to crawl…you can put a snake in a nest…paste feathers all over it…call it a bird…throw it from a tree…the thing won’t fly. It was not wired to fly.
Man was created in the image and likeness of God...intended to:
- Reflect His character.
- Resemble His likeness.
- Represent His interests.
But then man sinned. Sin has devastated from the beginning. The one thing that tarnishes God’s image within humankind.
But does sin change God’s purpose for man?
Did sin…does sin…make God give up His original purpose of creating vessels in His image to fill the earth with His likeness?
Some Bible heavyweights weigh in.
Job said, “God is mighty, and firm in His purpose.”
The writer of Psalm 33 wrote,
“But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” - Psalm 33:11
“It is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” - Proverbs 19:21
“The Lord will carry out His purpose.” - Jeremiah 51:12
“For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son…”
God pre-destined…He pre-determined… before He breathed the breath of life into the lifeless shell of humankind – that this creation…would bear – could bear His own image and likeness. And sin did not change His purpose one iota.
I like Romans 8:29 in The Message Bible,
“God knew what He was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love Him along the same lines as the life of His Son.”
God spoke through the prophet Isaiah and said,
“My purpose will stand, what I have said, I will bring about.”