Monday Reverb – 06December2021


Sermon Reverb




Section 6: Humanity


6.1 What is God’s purpose for humanity?

  • 2 Corinthians 13:14   The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.  Amen.

That through a never-ending life of worship we will share in the eternal love and life of the triune God: by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, for the love of God, in the communion of the Holy Spirit.


6.2 How do Christians live by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ?

  • Colossians 1:1-2   
  • Colossians 1:1-2   Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, to the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Colossians 3:17  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.  
  • Ephesians 5:20  giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 

The Lord Jesus Christ loved us so much that he sacrificed himself so that we might have eternal life.  In response to that grace, we entrust ourselves completely to his care, giving thanks each day for his wonderful goodness.  We reject all idolatry, most especially any hope or desire to justify ourselves before God or apart from God’s grace.  Rather, we receive our identity, meaning, significance, security and destiny from him alone, which he freely gives us out of his abundant goodness and generosity.  We live in total gratitude for God’s justifying, sanctifying and glorifying grace.


6.3 How do Christians live for the love of God?

  • John 3:16-17    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 
  • 1 John 4:19  We love him, because he first loved us.  
  • 2 Corinthians 5:14  For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 

God, who is love, gave us life in and for love.  The Father loved us so much that he gave his one and only Son to deliver us from the sin that destroys life and negates love.  Sharing in God’s love for all people, we reach out to love those in need, knowing that God loves them no less than he loves us.


6.4 How do Christians live in the communion of the Holy Spirit?

By the Holy Spirit, we are united with the Lord Jesus Christ.  We are baptized into the body of Christ, the Church.  As members of this community of faith and under the Lord’s headship over us, we trust in God’s Word, share in the Lord’s Supper, and turn to God in prayer.  As we grow in grace and knowledge, we are led by the Spirit to participate with God in the good works God intends for our lives.  Those works are the fruit of our daily fellowship with God by the Holy Spirit, according to his living Word, Jesus Christ, and his written word, the Holy Scriptures.


6.5 What does it mean that human beings were “created in God’s image”?

  • Genesis 1:26-27    And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.   
  • Colossians 1:12-15  giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son14 in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  
  • Colossians 3:10  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:  
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.   
  • 1 Corinthians 15:49  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.   
  • Romans 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.   
  • Luke 3:21-22  Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.   
  • John 1:18  No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.  
  • John 5:19  Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. 
  • John 17:21-22    that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  

Jesus Christ is the image of God and we were created to be his representatives, bearing his image.  We were created to be images of Jesus, who is the perfect Image of God.  Jesus, as one of us, through his earthly life lived in total dependence on the Father by the Spirit — a relationship of faithful, free and holy love.  In accordance with God’s purpose for us to be the image of Jesus, we live in total dependence upon God and in a relationship of love and freedom with one another.   Toward those ends, God has given us the human capacities of reason, imagination and volition.


6.6 What does our creation in God’s image reflect about God’s love for us?

  • Psalm 9:1    I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart;  I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.     
  • 1 John 4:7    Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.    
  • 1 John 4:11    He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.   
  • Matthew 5:14-16      Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  

Out of his love, God created us for eternal fellowship and communion with himself.  When we live wholeheartedly for God, we honor our Creator as the source of all good things.  We also honor God by loving others as God loves them.  We were created to live like Jesus, who obeys the two Great Commandments: to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength; and to love others in a way that reflects how God loves us.


6.7 Was God’s image lost when humankind turned from God by falling into sin?

  • John 8:34   
  • John 8:34  Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.   
  • Romans 3:23    for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;   
  • Romans 3:10    as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:   
  • Romans 1:21    For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse21 because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  
  • Isaiah 59:1-3      Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save;  neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:  but your iniquities have separated between you and your Godand your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.   For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity;  your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.   

Yes and no.  Because of sin, our relations with God and his creation became distorted and confused.   Although we did not cease to be WITH God, our fellow human beings, and other creatures, we did cease to be FOR them.

Although we did not lose our distinctive human capacities completely, we did lose our ability to use them rightly, especially in relation to God.  Having ruined our connection with God by distrusting and then disobeying God’s will, we are persons with hearts curved in upon ourselves.  Having become enslaved to sin, we are unable to free ourselves.  Though some freedom remains for us as sinners, our freedom is exercised only within the bounds of sin and is always exposed to the power of sin, which looks to take advantage of the weakness of human nature.


6.8 How does Jesus restore to us the image of God?

  • Isaiah 65:2    I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good,  after their own thoughts;   
  • Phil.2:8    and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
  • Col. 1:15    who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
  • Romans 8:29    For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Though humankind turned from God by falling into sin, God did not turn from us.  Instead, he sent Jesus to restore our broken humanity.  In living completely for God, Jesus gave himself completely for us, even to the point of dying on our behalf.  In doing so, he perfectly fulfilled the two Great Commandments on our behalf: loving God with all he is and all he has; and loving all people in a way that reflects how the Father loves him.  By living so completely for others in the name of the Father, Jesus manifested what he was — the perfect image of God.

  • In union with Christ by the Spirit, we, by grace, become conformed to Christ through faith.
  • In communion with Christ, we share by the Holy Spirit in his regenerated human nature.

In fellowship with our risen Lord, our humanity is renewed in such a way that the image of God that was lost in Adam is restored in us.


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