Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Colossians 1:13-17 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Hebrews 1:1-2 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,Â but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
Believers can boast in the fact that they serve the Christ who created them.Â He not only created them, but He cares enough to bring them back to a relationship with Him.
People do not often think about the fact that Jesus Christ created them. They forget that the second person of the Trinity was instrumental in the creation of the world. Christ was not only present at the time of creation, but God the Father created all things through Him and for Him. This means that Jesus Christ did not simply have something to do with creation, but all things were made through Him and for Him. Because of this, creation may glorify Him â€“ in other words, boast in Him.
Similarly, Jesus Christ holds all creation together by virtue of who He is. John 1:3 states, â€œAll things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.â€ The creation account in Genesis 1 is the record of God making the heavens and earth through His Son Jesus Christ. Think of it this way: Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Father, created the heavens and earth, and without any one of these Persons of the Godhead, nothing that exists could have been made. The act of creation was a joint operation, carried out by the three persons of the Trinity – the Father ordained and commanded, the Son was the One through whom all things were created, and the Spirit hovered and moved about creation working it together for the glory of all three persons. Our purpose in being created, therefore, is to glorify Jesus Christ more and more each day we live on this earth.
The believer can now boast in Christ the Creator and Redeemer by asking the following question: if Christ was not their Creator, then how could He have redeemed them? The answer to this question is of utmost importance to the life and faith of a believer. The fact that Christ made all things literally means â€˜all.â€™ All things were created through Him and for Him. How could it be possible that Christ can renew, regenerate, or reform man without being its Creator? Christ could never redeem that which He did not create. That is why the scriptures say in Genesis 1:26, â€œThen God said, â€˜Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.â€™â€ One must ask here, â€œwho is the â€˜usâ€™ and the â€˜ourâ€™?â€ This is of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit who created all things -Â namely man. This work shows the importance of creation – in the work that was done, the formation of man, and who man was to represent.
Do men today honestly represent the image of their Creator? How often does the believer go through the day without thinking even once that he was created in the image of Christ?Â And, just as important, do they think even once that they were made for the glorification of Christ? What the believer must see is that Christ is the reason that all of creation exists; and the reason that it exists is to give Him glory. This distinction in creation – that man was made in the image of Christ for the glorification of Christ – must be clearly understood. It means that man was not made in the likeness of intellectual knowledge like Christ, or made in the deity of Christ – but was made in moral dispositions of His soul. This is how the believer boasts in the Creator Christ: that Christ made man with a soul that can be redeemed, renewed, reborn, and justified. The believer is to boast in the Christ that made man, who, though he falls short of Christ in Adamâ€™s sin, still has hope that Christ can redeem what He created. How great it is to know that our redeemer and our creator are one in the same. For this is not like other religions where Mohammad, Buddha or Joseph Smith are the founder and the redeemer of their faith; but Christ differs from all other religions in that He creates and redeems His own creation. This, for a believer of the gospel, must be lifted high. It must be boasted in that Christ made mankind and gave it hope in its fallen state. It must be known and seen by the believer that creation, made by Christ, was for His glory in bringing back creation to Himself – the Maker and Creator. How one might do this is the important question. This is done by finding the Gospel far greater than anything else that exists. How great it is for the believer to know that their Redeemer was also their Creator. Believers should be thankful and joyful that Christ created them and redeemed them… that He created them in such a way as to redeem man back to God. What gospel truth is better than that?