22nd June 2017

The Image of God

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Genesis 1:27-28 (NIVUK)

In the UK the Royal Mint is introducing a new twelve-sided one pound coin which has rounded corners to reduce wear on clothing and coin operated equipment. It has the Queen on one side and floral symbols of each part of the UK on the reverse side. The Queen’s face on the coins contains an invisible code that proves their authenticity. The code is embedded on the top layer of the metal surface and includes a pigment which is invisible to the naked eye. It can be detected by the Mint’s fake coin detection machines and it is claimed to be the most secure coin in the world. The reverse side weaves the rose of England, the leek from Wales, the thistle from Scotland and Northern Ireland’s shamrock together inside the Crown to symbolise the United Kingdom.

After pressing, the coins are inspected and any that are defective removed to ensure complete uniformity of all the coins released for general circulation.

The Book of Genesis opens with God creating bio-diversity – for example plants, trees, birds, fishes, mammals, reptiles and insects, and continues with the creation of man and woman in the image of God. But to be stamped with the image of God is not like being stamped in a coin press; God makes every human being in the same image, but they all come out different. Theologians have debated what it means to be created in the image of God, but whatever the exact definition, human beings are created to have a relationship of love with God and with other humans, and in one sense with all creation since humans were given dominion over creation to tend and care for it.

Christians often reflect on what God has done for us individually and collectively, through Jesus Christ. But wherever there is an “us” there is a “them”—those that are not in some way like “us”, sometimes called “the other.” We are made in God’s image but we often forget that others are too. Let’s remember that Christ died for the whole of humanity, He is “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,” (John 1:29) and that should influence the way we think about and treat others in our daily lives.

Prayer
Father, we thank you that all human beings have the capacity for an intimate relationship with you and that your plan is that all will have an opportunity to have that relationship.
Amen

Study by Eddie Marsh

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About the Author:
Eddie Marsh attends Grace Communion International in Sheffield.

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Grace Communion, Sheffield
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