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Created in His Image
Text: Genesis 1:27
Dr. Alex Tang
Jesus Christ is the human image of God. We are formed by God the Father, informed by the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ and transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. God is not finished with us yet.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
In His image
What is the image that comes to mind when we say we are created in the image of God. What is the image of God? An image of God must be able to show the attributes of God; his holiness, his omniscience and his loving-kindness. But God is spirit. How do you make the image of a spirit? Often, when we talk about the image of God, we think of
I have a sculpture called 'Forming Hands' by a Christian sculpture called Stephen W. Smith. It is a sculpture of a potters' hand working on a piece of clay. Notice the two hands on the sculpture. The strong hand uses power and strength to dig deeply into the clay. The tender hands attend to details with grace and tenderness. We are the clay in his hands. Our lives are the clay. God has created us for a purpose. He has created us in the image of his Son. But because of sin, our nature has been corrupted. We have turned away from God. But God has not forgotten about us. So he is continually forming us by
The key word is grace. We are formed by grace of a loving Father.
As the potter mold and shape the piece of clay, the clay begins to take certain form. It may become a vase or a pot or a decorative porcelain plate. So as God works on our lives it begins to take certain shape. This shaping of our lives is being informed. To become the image of Jesus Christ, we need to know who is Jesus Christ. Like a potter cannot make a vase if the clay keep resisting all the time. We are informed through our mind by the Word of God.
2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
That is why it is so important that we study the Word of God. Really studying the Word. Reading, memorizing, meditating, studying and reflecting on the Bible. We often are dependent on predigested Word, given by the preacher that we do not take the effort to take real food. Instead of a 10 course Chinese dinner, we settle for milk instead.
The keyword is Word of God.
But knowing the Word alone is not enough. We need to pray and know God. The clay even when formed in the shape of a vase will never be transformed into a ceramic vase unless it has been baked in a kiln. So we can only be transformed into his image by the Holy Spirit. Transformation is not our work. We can only prepare the clay. An early Christian father said that being transformed into his image is like us wanting to sail on a boat to a distant place. We can build the sturdiest boat in the world with large sail. Unless there is wind, the boat will not move. Similarly, we are to prepare ourselves by the intake of the word and prayer but it is only the Holy Spirit that can transform us. That is why many of us fail in our Christian walk. We try to transform ourselves which is not possible. Only the Holy Spirit can transform us. We often try too hard. Jesus said:
Matt 11: 29,30
29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
The keyword is Holy Spirit
Jesus Christ is the human image of God. We are formed by God the Father, informed by the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ and transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. God is not finished with us yet. We are a work in progress. We must always remember that and not be too discouraged when we fail. We are not perfect yet. So when we fail and fall, we should get up, confess our failures and our sins and try again. We are still being formed, informed and transformed by God.
Soli Deo Gloria
"treat, heal, and comfort always"
"spiritual forming disciples of Jesus Christ with informed minds, hearts on fire and contemplative in actions"
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