Genesis 1:1-31


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GEN 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

GEN 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

GEN 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

GEN 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

GEN 1:6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

GEN 1:7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

GEN 1:8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

GEN 1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

GEN 1:10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

GEN 1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

GEN 1:12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

GEN 1:13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

GEN 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

GEN 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

GEN 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

GEN 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

GEN 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

GEN 1:19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

GEN 1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

GEN 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

GEN 1:22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

GEN 1:23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

GEN 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

GEN 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

GEN 1:26 And 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 fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

GEN 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

GEN 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

GEN 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

GEN 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

GEN 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Can we interpret Genesis 1:27 as meaning our divinity?

There is only one God- God does not make other Gods. Isa. 46:9 “Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me,”

Exod 15:11 “Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?

Isa 43:10 “believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me.”

Isa 44:6: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God.”

God makes it clear that He alone is the creator, sustainer and life-giver of all, there is no other in this category.

Gen 1:27: “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

To be created in the image of God does not mean we have any of His unlimited attributes such as omnipotence, omnipresence or omniscience; human beings were not made to be little gods. Man is a creature who has limited abilities like His maker’s unlimited abilities. God cannot duplicate himself by creating another like him. A creature can never be equal to the eternal creator.

What are the features that man was created in, that reflect his creator since we are made in His image and likeness? God is Spirit (Jn.4:24) He is invisible. When it states we were created in His image it means man was given a spirit. It does not mean that God is a physical being or that we are like him in every manner. In the Hebrew language Image tselem- is related to nature, the immaterial part of man. It means we have a spiritual nature like God, in a finite way. Likeness- Heb. Demuth does not mean in a physical sense. This means we have a spiritual nature like God, God is Spirit. Man has moral likeness and quality within him like His maker.

God has communicable and incommunicable attributes. He alone possesses eternality, He is uncaused, uncreated, always existing. He has omnipresence, omniscience, immutability, holiness as His nature (perfect, no flaws in any part). The uncreated God is unlimited in His knowledge Isa.40:13,14; Ps. 147:5

Man is limited in his knowledge Isa.55:8-9

God is present everywhere Jer.23:23-24 Ps. 139:7-12

Man is confined to one place at a time Jn.1:50

God possesses eternality, He is infinite, immortal, deathless, God has eternal life in himself. Jn.5:26 Ps.90:2

Man dies physically and can die spiritually. Gen. 2:17

God is almighty is able to do all things and is not dependent on anyone. Job 4:2 Isa.40:10-13

Man is dependent on God to sustain him. Jn. 1:3-4,9 acts 17:28; man is weak 1 Cor. 1:25

God is the creator of all things. Jn. 1:3 col. 1: 16

Man cannot create from nothing but can only use what materials are already there.

Deut 4:35: “To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD Himself is God; there is none other besides Him.”

God has incommunicable attributes such as eternality; He alone is uncaused and uncreated. He has omnipresence, omniscience, immutability, holiness as His nature (perfect no flaws in any part) God is unlimited in knowledge Isa.40:13,14 Ps. 147:5 man is limited in his knowledge Isa.55:8-9 God is present everywhere Jer.23:23-24 Ps. 139:7-12.

Man is confined to one place at a time. Jn. 1:50

God possesses eternality He is infinite, immortal, deathless, God has eternal life in himself Jn.5:26 Ps.90:2

Man dies physically and can die spiritually Gen. 1:26 man is dependent on God to sustain him. Jn. 1:3-4, 9; Acts 17:28.

Image means a personal likeness. God is a personal being, so is man. There is also a moral likeness we were created in. Each of us have individuality. God is Holy. Man like his creator had what is termed unconfirmed creature holiness in his original state in the garden. “God is a Spirit” (John 4:24) and He created a being with an immortal spirit and soul, with whom He could communicate. Because of the fall, man died spiritually. Genesis 5:3 tells us that Adam became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth. Adam was first created in the image and likeness of God, but because of his sin, his offspring were born in Adam’s own image and likeness, his sin was passed on. If Adam had not sinned this would have been passed on to his offspring. After Adam sinned the same nature of sin was passed on to all.

This is why the Bible says we must be “born again” (“born from above”) in order to be formed in God’s image and likeness. Through a spiritual rebirth God wishes to restore fallen man in his sinful state to begin a relationship with him (creator to creature) by making his home with him (John 14:23). In Rom. 8:29 we are told that we are “to be conformed to the image of his Son.” This is a continual process starting from the time we are born again. When we a renewed we don’t become God, nor will we be exactly like him in the resurrection. Jesus said to Philip: “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9), we can never say we are the exact perfect image or representation of the invisible God, we are creatures and will be creatures even in the resurrection.

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I'm a single man of moderate years in good health. I exercise everyday. I've been blogging for four years now. I'm really only learning how. I enjoy golf, swimming, baseball, football, soccer and other sports. I like to go dancing and the night life often. I really love to write poetry of my daily experiences of myself and my past friendships. I like to inspire and give people hope since I needed those feelings in the past.
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