God Created Mankind Especially for His Glory
Adventure 6: God's View of You
Why are human beings the pinnacle, the most glorious part, of all God's Creation?
Of all God's Creation, human beings are made to be most like God and to bring Him more of the glory He deserves. Psalm 86:8-10 – Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord; nor are there any works like Your works. All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name. For You are great, and do wondrous things; You alone are God.
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Human beings were the only creatures made in God’s image. We were created especially to reflect and magnify His goodness
The word “glory” in the New Testament is the Greek word doxa, which originally referred to having “an opinion,” but eventually
came to mean having a high opinion of some great person, like a king. To give someone glory is to give him the honor that his character demands.
God did not need to create man, yet He created us for His own glory. Mankind, more than any other part of God’s Creation, brings Him glory. Why is that? Because God’s character can be reflected more clearly by mankind than by any other part of Creation. It is through people that God’s glory is most clearly seen.
Have you ever gone to a house of mirrors? If the mirror glass is not flat, the image reflected back at you will be distorted. It might resemble you a bit, but not as much as it would if the glass were nice and flat.
When God first created man, His image in man was clearer – like the kind of image a perfectly flat mirror would reflect. When man fell and sin came into the world, the image of God in man became blurry and distorted – but not completely lost.
The New Testament affirms that, even after the Fall, human beings still have something of the image of God. We should treat one another like God’s workmanship. James reminds us that is is wrong to praise some people and speak evil against others, partly because we ar eall made in the similitude (the likeness, or image) of God. James 3:9-10 – With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.