(Scripture: Genesis 1:26-30; 2:15-25)
Man was created by God and for God.
How did God create Man?
God created man, male and female, after His own image, in knowledge, righteousness and holiness, with dominion over the creatures. God created man in His own image, with the capacity to reason, choose, feel, communicate, build, and appreciate beauty. He created man for the purpose of ruling over all the living creatures on the earth. All of these characteristics of man are a revelation of what God is like.
He created man as male and female for the purpose of revealing and illustrating His love for and relationship to His people. As man and woman in marriage draws deliberate companionship from each other the Lord depicts the picture of Himself with His people like the Israel of old. It also draws the picture of Christ and His church (Ephesians 5:22-33) “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.
He also created man male and female for the purposes of carrying on with His creation (procreation).
Because man is made in the image of God, he is morally responsible before God. Since God is our Creator, we owe Him perfect allegiance. Every thought, desire, word and deed must be out of true devotion to Him and for His eternal glory. That is why Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.
Man then is the highest of all God’s creation and it is for this reason he was created as the last of all creation. Of all God’s creation man is the one capable of offering to God truthful and spiritual worship, i.e. explicitly acceptable worship, when it is offered as God requires.
As God’s image-bearer, God has entrusted all His creation to man that he may nurture and enjoy it. Through this, man is to both see God as the greatest designer, Creator and Sustainer of all creation so as to bring the highest glory to Him as the representational creation of God on earth.
The way to glorify God is by a life of worship – shown in perfect obedience and submission to God both in word and in deed, thought and action, will and desire. The worship is offered both privately and publically. This is shown in thanksgiving, praise and adoration and submission of the Lord God as Sovereign benefactor.