#971 Wisdom – A Complex Idea

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Think with me of the wisest person we know.  How does this person demonstrate his or her wisdom?  The Bible speaks frequently of wisdom with wisdom in Old Testament writings being a complex idea, especially in the book of Proverbs.  Even though it is difficult to define simply, Marvin Tate attempted to do so in the Broadman Bible Commentary when he stated:  “Wisdom in the book of Proverbs is very much concerned with the art of good living; the techniques of the well-lived life.  On a broad basis of experience, tradition, and piety, he seeks to master life and live successfully, making the correct ethical decisions.”  The book of Proverbs is God’s book on how to wise up and live, and is often called His “treasure book of wisdom.”  In the next number of days, let us look at “wisdom,” primarily as it is used in the book of Proverbs and Old Testament.

Do you know someone you consider to have wisdom?  Is this person’s wisdom spiritual or worldly?

“The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding.”  (Proverbs 1:1-2)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#970 Image of God – Love

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“God is love.”  Love is the highest characteristic of God, and all other characteristics of God blend with love.  Likewise, love is the finest virtue produced by Christianity in man.  Man originally bore this attribute in the image of God, but through sin there is a general necessity for restoration.  That restoration has come to us as Christians through faith in Jesus Christ, but some Christians fail to show this love to others or anywhere in their Christian life.  God’s love and our love of God should be the prevailing motive for Christian living.  As we Christians allow God’s love to saturate our body and soul, it cannot help but flow outward to others, demonstrating to the world the true meaning of our being created in the image of God.

As you live your life as a Christian, allow God’s love to fill your body and soul to the extent you cannot help but allow His love to flow out and dictate how you live your life!

“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.  God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”   (I John 4:8)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#969 Image of God – Holiness and Righteousness

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We tend to identify and emphasize individual characteristics when we examine man’s creation as being in the image of God; however, we must recognize that it is best to understand all the characteristics that belonged, or belong, to man which constitute his likeness to his Creator.  Because of sin, man’s nature has generally suffered loss, but because of God’s grace, man can receive divine renewal.  Holiness and righteousness are characteristics of the Holy God, and characteristics with which man was created.  Man was created with no tendency to sin, in the exact image of God; nevertheless, sin brought forth the need for renewal through salvation and holy living, “putting on the new man.”  Then we can be identified in a way that demonstrates we were created in righteousness and holiness, in the image of God.

Does your life reflect the righteousness and holiness that you have through Jesus Christ your Lord?

“And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”   (Ephesians 4:24)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#968 Image of God – Personality

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

There is no argument over the fact that man is a person, distinct from things and animals, created in the image and likeness of God who is likewise a person.  There are beliefs that disagree that God is a person, such as atheism which denies His existence and pantheism which merges His existence in that of the universe; however, we as Christians worship God, a living Being, not an inanimate object, animal, or ideal.  The God we worship is conscious of His own existence, the Supreme Intelligence, and is free; man also being self-conscious, endowed with intelligence, rationality, and freedom.  Christ, as the perfect manifestation of God, came to earth as a human to pay for our sins on the cross.  He, the Son of God, was described as “the express image of His image,” referring to God the Father.  Likewise, we as Christians are personalities just as God.

You as a Christian should live as a person who glorifies God, the person of whom you are the image or likeness!

“Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”   (Hebrews 1:3)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#967 Image of God – Spirituality

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Knowing that man’s likeness to God is not a bodily physical likeness, we therefore have one of the points of resemblance, that of “spirituality,” man’s spiritual nature.   When man was created, God breathed into him life, a spiritual life.  Along with God being “the Eternal Spirit,” man’s spiritual nature is immortal with his eternal destiny determined by choice of believing by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ or refusing to do so.  We appreciate spiritual realities through the inworking of the Holy Spirit who indwells each of us who have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior.  This characteristic of spirituality is often singled out as representing how we are the ‘image of God;” however, there are other characteristics which belong to us that can also identify us as having been made in the image of God.  We will look at another resemblance tomorrow.

As you think about the reality of your spiritual nature being eternal, think also about where you are going to spend your eternity!

“But there is a spirit in man:  and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.”   (Job 32:8)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#966 Image of God – General Meaning

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The Bible speaks of man being created in the “image of God,” a statement that always seems to bring a multitude of ideas as to what is meant by the phrase.  In the Old Testament we find the phrase “the image of God” can be accompanied by the word “likeness,”[1] the double expression being “for the purpose of giving strength and emphasis to the idea of godlikeness in man as set forth in the passage.”[2]  As we look at the meaning of being made in the image of God, it is obvious that we were not created in the physical image of God but in the spiritual image of Him; even though God is a person, He is a spirit person.  Our inner man is created in the image of God, and it is through this inner man that we reflect the image of God and His glory.  Let us continue tomorrow.

Does your life reflect God’s glory?

“And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him.”   (Colossians 3:10)

 

May God Richly Bless You Today

[1] Genesis 1:26

[2]Unger, Merrill F., Unger’s Bible Dictionary, Chicago:  Moody Press, 1957

#965 God’s Creation – In His Image and Likeness

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The crown of all of God’s creation is man, the creation being in His image and likeness, a fact that makes it a reality that we are precious in His sight.  We find that God “formed man of the dust of the ground, made in perfect mold and pattern.  Although we certainly think of it as a statement that is too obvious to make, God made man with a distinction between the body and the inner man, a material and immaterial man.  We find Paul saying that the outward man perishes, but the inner man is renewed day by day.  Additionally, the inner man is composed of the soul and spirit, even though the two words are used interchangeably.  Next, let us examine some ways in which we are in His image and likeness.

No matter how down you may feel at times, rest in the fact that you were made by God in His image and likeness and very precious in His sight!

“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.”   (Genesis 1:27)

May God Richly Bless You Today