Man is the crown and apex of God’s creation. Nothing in the created order received so much attention and personal care than the creation or making of man. In first chapter of the Old Testament book of Genesis God used the phrases, “Let there be or let the” five time while creating the different things in the creation. But he used a different phrase in verse 6 of that chapter when he was going to make man. He said, “Let us make man in our image and likeness”. This refers to the Trinitarian existence of God, the only absolute eternal and unique Being known as God, and implies God’s personal involvement and especial artistic act of making man. God made man in his own image and likeness. Chapter 2 of the same book tells us that God formed man (Hebrew ‘Adam’), and he also fashioned Eve from Adam’s rib (Genesis 2: 7, 22).
God’s image (Hebrew ‘Demuth) and or likeness (tselem) refers to God’s giving man God’s ethical and moral attributes, like love, holiness, will, personality. God is a person. So man is. He has personality, personal will like the Creator has. These are God’s communicable attributes. We note here that there are other qualities or attributes that are only his. No other being or entity has any of them. God gave man authority and dominion over all his creation. He also gave man the responsibility of keeping them and of faithfully stewarding them as his representative. So far so good; everything was pleasing to God. There was nothing wrong or there was harmony and peace everywhere that God had created and made.
In Chapter three of Genesis the reason behind all the problems, the evil and all the troubles that we have in our world is introduced. The devil came and man fell. Man fell from the transcendental relationship that was there between God and Man. Man disobeyed God and lost his relationship with him. This set in motion all the paraphernalia of all human miseries and problems. Man lost his dominion or kingship over creation. We came to be destined to death, alienation from our Creator. Because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve of God’s command the entire human race inherited the sin-nature, which make all man rebels against God’s will. We sin in word, in thought and in deed. There is nothing what could be called really “good” in us from our own. Sin has corrupted human person’s will, emotion and intelligence. All man has the potentiality of sinning, going against the holy will or intention of God.
But we are not without any hope. Genesis 3:15 has the diving promise of crushing the evil or Satan. In the God appointed time God sent to this sinful world his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to save us from eternal separation or death. He came to this world to pay the price for sin and to reconcile alienated man to God. In the New Testament book of Romans we have this is said, “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned—for before the law (Mosaic law) was given sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death resigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come. But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Again the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin. The judgment followed one man’s sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5: 12-17).
There is a great deal of issues involved in this theme. However, this is just a simple and very brief treatment of the same. It cannot be briefer than this! To be brief we find God’s ultimate plan for mankind narrated in the final apocalyptic book of Revelation, the last book in the Holy Bible, in Chapter 21 and 22 the end of what can be termed as “the Meta-narrative” in the same is the word-picture of the eternal destiny of the redeemed people of God. “Behold, I make everything new”, said the Lord (Revelation 21:5). There will be a new heaven and a new earth where righteousness will dwell. All the old earth will pass away (2 Peter 3: 10-14). In Genesis 6 we see how God grieved over human sinfulness. “The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth – men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air – for I am grieved that I have made them. But Noah, who was a righteous man, found favour with God.
God is a loving and gracious God, and he has a purpose for all people that obey him and love him and submit to his holy will. He wants to live among his people He has plan of new creation for them. The Holy Bible is replete with God’s promises for new creation. There is also warning about hell for those who deliberately continue to be wicked. The world is now full of sinful activities. But God wants us to repent and turn to him, to what is good. That calls for a change of the heart. The heart of the problem is the problem of the heart of man. If we wish to be a part of the New creation of God we need to make new our hearts!
The writer is a Christian Theology teacher and a Church leader