Psalm 8:3-8 – 1O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. 2You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you. 3When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers – the moon and the stars you set in place – 4what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? 5Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. 6You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority – 7the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, 8the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents.
1] BEFORE BIRTH – AT CONCEPTION
Psalm 139:13-16 – 13For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
• God’s image is implanted in every human being at conception
2] IN EVERY RACE, CASTE & COMMUNITY
Acts 17:24-26 – 24God, who made the world and everything in it, is Lord of heaven and earth…25…who gives life and breath and everything else to everyone. 26From one human being he created all races of people and made them live throughout the whole earth. He himself fixed beforehand the exact times and the limits of the places where they would live.
Galatians 3:26,28 – 26So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith… 28There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
• God’s Image is found in every race, caste & community!
3] IN BOTH MEN & WOMEN
Mahatma Gandhi: “Of all the evils for which man has made himself responsible, none is so degrading, so shocking or so brutal as his abuse of the better half of humanity; the female sex”
Genesis 1:27 – So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them
• God’s Image is present equally in both men & women!
4] FLAWED HUMAN BEINGS HAVE DIGNITY & WORTH
• God’s Image gives flawed human beings dignity & worth!
5] MAKES US ETERNALLY VALUABLE TO GOD
Ephesians 1:4-5 – 4Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before him. Because of his love 5God had already decided that through Jesus Christ he would make us his children…[GNT]
• God’s image makes human beings eternally valuable to God!