Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Created for Love

With Valentine's Day coming this Sunday it seems only appropriate that I focus our Genesis study on Genesis 1:26-31 and Genesis 2:1-25.

As a look over these passages, with all the information contained within them, there are so many ways I could go in my thoughts for this coming week's sermon (New series in Genesis: "Origins. Beginning Again with God"). But there are two things that grab me most of all at the present moment. First, that we are created in the image of God (Imago Dei), and second that we are called to live out that image in relationship with one another, specifically in the relationship of marriage, and as the Body of Christ, the church.

The image of God in us certainly implies His moral attributes, but I also believe it includes the Community of God found within that eternal relationship we call the Trinity. As an Evangelical Christian, who holds to the veracity of Scripture, I believe that our One God has eternally existed in a three person Godhead, referred to as the Trinity. God has expressed Himself, through the pages of the Holy Bible, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and I believe that part of the image we hold is the need for living within community. As we do live within community we bear forth God's image more fully. Even His moral attributes are best exhibited to, for and with others.

In looking at the opening chapters of Genesis we can note that the first community is found within the relationship of the first man and the first woman. This relationship therefore becomes the foundation of all subsequent communities which were to follow. I would go as far as to say that the strength of all our communities finds its basis in the strength of the marriages that make up that community. We might even want to call that the bedrock relationship. Not only because God created them male and female and brought them together (Genesis 1:27; Genesis2:22-25), but because the marital relationship is to be reflective (image-bearing) of God's relationship within the Trinity, and of the relationship of Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:21-33).

So, as we consider the buying of Valentine's cards (short video worth watching) and lavishing loving words upon those we love, especially those of us who find ourselves in that bedrock relationship called Holy Matrimony, let us not forget the glorious and awesome responsibility we bear within those relationship, the responsibility of bearing-well the Image of God. As you gaze into the eyes of the one you love, remember that you are peering into one created in the image of God, nad to love that one is to love God as well. (1 John 4:7-21)

So let us love!
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