Made in His Image
“God is love”. In His essence God is love. But I was reading something the other day that made me look at this in a totally different light. Love requires an object. You can’t just love in general; it has to be directed towards something. Does that make sense? So if God is love then for all eternity there has had to be an eternal object to the love of God. This is Christ. Wow. For all of eternity God has existed in the Trinity in perfect love. This means that we better exhibit the image of God when we are loving others. This sheds a whole different light on the fact that we are to love God and others. When we do so, not only are we doing what God has asked from us, but we are better fulfilling our imageness. This is blowing me away right now.
I’m overwhelmed by the fact that the image of God means relationship. It’s always been intended that way. That’s why God created Adam and Eve in his image, so that the union between the two of them could better represent Himself. In this life marriage has become the biggest analogy ever. Through the union of a man to a woman we can see two things better. One we can see the type of relationship that God wants to have with us, we are his bride. Two, we can see the type of relationship that exists within the Godhead better. If you want more insight into this relationship then you can eavesdrop on a conversation that happened between Jesus and God recorded in John 17. Here Jesus is talking to God first about the disciples and the believers that were around at that time. Then he talks about us. I want to point out three things from this conversation. First, we can see the relationship that God had with Jesus before the world existed (vs 4, 5). Secondly, Jesus is asking God that we have the same relationship with God that He has with Him. And then thirdly, Jesus is asking that we have the same relationship with each other that the Trinity has within themselves. This is mind-blowing! Could you imagine if these things really came true?
The point that I want to make in all this is that the image of God is relationship. We have done a poor job in modern Christianity of understanding this. We always separate our, individual, personal relationship with God from our relationships with others. This just can’t happen. The Scripture makes it very clear, if you know what to look for that being a believer is a community event. We cannot separate these two relationships.
How does this look? I really think that they had it right in the New Testament church.
Acts 2: 42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.