The imago Dei and the Fall…WHERE DOES IT LEAVE US...
December 17th 2015
“God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31a)
Somewhere between the time frame of God’s pronunciation of the goodness of His creation in Genesis 1:31 and the introduction of the serpent (a manifestation of Satan) in Genesis 3:1, Satan took his treasonous stand against God Most High [El Elyon]. [See John MacArthur’s notes on Genesis 3:1.]
When the serpent deceived Eve in the garden of Eden and she and her husband, Adam, ate from the tree of which God had commanded them, ‘You shall not eat from it’, each met God’s righteous punishment. [See Genesis 3:1-19.] And that curse continues in the life of every descendant of Adam and Eve, leading to physical death and ultimately to eternal separation from God—unless that marred imago Dei is remade in the image of Jesus Christ.
Even in the declaration of the just curse is the foreshadowing of the remedy—the Gospel!
“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” (Genesis 3:15)
Our High Priest took on flesh and gave Himself up as a perfect sacrifice, so that we might be justified and be united with Him for all eternity!
“Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.” (Hebrews 2:14-15)
We can be remade as God draws us to Himself, justifies us with the blood of His Son, and places His Holy Spirit within us to empower us to reflect the image of Christ!
And now we have the privilege of sharing this life-giving message with those the Lord places in our lives.
Please pray for the staff members and volunteers at the Life Choice Center as they faithfully share the love of the Father and the message of the Gospel with many who bear the imago Dei and yet have not met Jesus Christ. Broken lives can be restored as God gives salvation and healing and rebuilds each life in the image of Christ.
Please refer to the notes in the John MacArthur Study Bible (NASB) as well as John Piper’s article http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-image-of-god.