“What is man — that You are mindful of him?” Psalm 8:4
Man was created to be the crowning glory of God’s work (Psalm 8:5). God created man in His image (Gen 1:26, 27). In the image of God, man was intended to reflect God’s glory and to magnify His character. God gave man dominion, over all the works of His hands (Genesis 1:26), but everything changed when Adam sinned.
Only Adam was created in God’s image. Only Adam (and Eve) had the full image of God in their being.
Had Adam not sinned, his children would have been born in the image of God, reflecting His glory. But Adam sinned and his image changed, and, because of Adam’s sin, Adam’s child was born in his image — the image of a fallen man. Since that time, every child born is born in the image of Adam, the image of fallen man.
Gen 5:3 And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.
No longer is man born crowned with the glory God intended. No man is born in the image of God — perfect, holy, and fully satisfied. Man is born in the image of man — fallen, sinful, and needy. Man bears the image of Adam’s rebellion against his Creator, and…
- Man’s intended service to God is suppressed by his slavery to sin.
- Man’s intended strength in the Spirit is diminished by his weakness in the flesh.
- Man’s intended body of perfect health and eternal life is afflicted with disease and death.
And yet, man remains, “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psa 139:14), and still bears a part of God’s image. Man remains a body and a soul, but is without the Spirit of God. Man is born with a “dead” soul and that’s why Jesus said, “you must be born again” (John 3:3, 7). Just as God breathed the “breath of life” into Adam and Adam became “a living soul,” (Gen 2:7), man needs that Breath of Life to regenerate his dead soul. And, by the grace of God through the cross of Christ, man is able to be fully restored to God’s intention for him — man is able to “be born of the Spirit” (John 3:6, 8).
“What is Man”
God is mindful of every man, for “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17) God gave us His Son (Isa 9:6), as a substitutionary atonement for our sins (Luke 19:10, Rom 5:8), and to open the way for all to be saved and restored in the relationship He originally created (2 Pet 3:9
What or Who?
The answer to “what is man” is simple?” Man is a fallen sinner in need of redemption. The answer to “who am I?” is fully dependant on the choice one makes. Choose Christ and live. Reject Christ and die. Man is an eternal being, And his eternal destiny is determined by his chose. Heaven or Hell? Glory or damnation.
Preach the Gospel
It is the duty and the joy of all who belong to the Lord Jesus Christ to share His saving grace with those who are without.
Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
Be ready and be bold in your testimony for Jesus. And testify always with kindness, gentleness, and love. (1 Pet 3:15). Ask lost people the questions that they already ponder:
“Who am I?” “Why am I here.” “What’s the meaning and purpose of my existence?” “Where am I going.”
“Who you are?” is really answered by WHOSE you are. Do you belong to Jesus?
“Why are you here?” and “what’s the meaning and purpose of your existence?” is the same for every person. The chief end of man is to know God, to glorify Him, and to enjoy Him forever. That can only be done when one belongs to Jesus and is surrendered to His will and ways.
Finally, “where are you going?” Every person will go to one of two places. Heaven or Hell. It is a choice. For all of us who belong to Jesus, we know we will enter into the Lord’s presence in Heaven when we die. Let it be a joy and a need to share the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ with everyone we meet.
“Who do you say that I am?”
Jesus asked this question of His disciples and every person will need to answer this question. This is the most important question man will ever be asked, and the answer will determine eternal destiny. Because we belong to Jesus, we have answered that question as Peter did, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Mat 16:16) and so we have the answer to “who am I?”
We are God’s children. Our hope is found in Jesus, our eternal destiny is Heaven, and our purpose is found in God’s Word.
“Why are we here?”
We were created for His pleasure (Rev 4:11) and to reflect His love, His mercy, and His grace to a fallen world. A paraphrase of Proverbs 27:19 says, “As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.”
Let your heart break for what breaks God’s heart. He desires to redeem and restore fallen mankind. He desires for all to come to Him in faith. He drew you to Himself and you responded. He draws others, but they must respond. Be a witness for Christ and tell them of the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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