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Every time I turn on the TV or listen to the radio, some company is pushing some new product that claims to make you look years younger or some pill that helps you feel more alive. In the end though, most of these products fade into obscurity and we continue to age and feel older. That doesn't stop the company's from making new drugs or commercials.

I recently read Genesis 1:27, where it says that man was created in God's image. “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them.”

Another writer states: “When Adam came from the Creator's hand, he bore, in his physical, mental, and spiritual nature, a likeness to his Maker.” Had Adam and Eve remained loyal to their Maker, the whole universe and it's mysteries would have been their’s to seek, unlock and enjoy. Man was created with the perfect intelligence that would have led him to a clearer conception of the wisdom, the power and the love of God”. 1

Descendants of God

All of us born on this earth are descendants of God, and because of this we are all fitted with attributes that God Himself is made of. Our individuality, our free-will, the power to think and to do as we see fit, these are all attributes that we share with God. But because of sin, these attributes can be used for evil just as they can be for good.

When God made us in His image, we were perfect right down to the hairs on our heads, yet we were without life. “Then a personal, self-existing God breathed into the form the breath of life, and man became a living, breathing, intelligent being. All parts of the human organism were put into action. The heart, the arteries, the veins, the tongue, the hands, the feet, the senses, the perceptions of the mind--all began their work, and were placed under law. Man became a living soul. Through Jesus Christ a personal God created man and endowed him with intelligence and power.” 2

When you wake in the morning and you're standing in front of the mirror, stop and think to yourself, “this is the work of God.” Don't stare at the wrinkles, or the imperfections that sin has induced. Rather marvel at the work of God and know that what you are seeing is a resemblance of what God looks like. Behind all the masks, and dressings, and scars, and imperfections that sin has ravaged upon us lies the true nature of our being, and someday soon we shall be restored to our perfect nature. We will enter the gates of heaven as human beings marveling at our God who created us in His perfect image.

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By Benjamin DuBose. Copyright © 2011 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®.

1 Handbook of Seventh-day Adventist Theology, Vol. 12, p. 227, 228. Review and Herald Publishing Association, Hagerstown, MD.
2 Ibid


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