“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26-28, ESV)
After God created man, the first words we have record of God speaking to man are in V.28 above: “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion…” These are significant. Elsewhere in the Bible, we are told, “God does not show favoritism.” (Acts 10:34, NIV). Meaning, those words were not spoken merely to Adam and Eve, but to you and me as well.
His intention was, by living in relationship with God, we could do anything. These words were spoken with the mindset that God, and Adam and Eve would be in close communion with one another and as a result, whatever Adam needed would be backed with God’s resources. The same is true for you and me.
Many people today are attempting to live prosperous lives and there is nothing wrong with prosperity. That said, I know of (and I’m sure you do as well) people who have gobs of money but no peace in their lives. When they die, they will take nothing with them, only the good they’ve done in Jesus’ name; only the love they’ve displayed in His name, and only if they have believed in their heart and confessed with their mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord. (Romans 10:9-10). Money can buy a big house, but money can’t buy a home. Money can buy sex for the night, but it can’t buy a life-long love that will walk through thick and thin with you.
Later in the Bible, after the flood and mankind had to start all over again, God told Noah, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” (Genesis 9:1,7, ESV) In Genesis 12, God gave Abraham a promise, which he established in covenant with Abraham in chapter 17. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:2-3, ESV). Again, while God had a special plan for Abraham, the same promise to be blessed belongs to everyone who calls on Jesus’ name.
As with Abraham, God has a plan for you. Because sin was introduced to mankind through Adam and Eve’s disobedience, Jesus came to destroy the power of sin and restore mankind to God’s original intent: “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us…that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus…And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
More next week!
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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