The Purpose of Humanity

In Genesis 1:26-27 God says, “Let us make man (an woman) in our image, after our likeness.  And let them rule over all the earth.”  And in Genesis 3:8 God walked in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve.  In the Ancient Near East, kings were believed to be offspring of a god.  They were given to rule and reflect the goodness and power of their god and bring blessings to his people.  But a human king could not be everywhere, so in larger empires they would erect statues made in the “image and likeness” of the king.  These statues were to declare the presence of the king to all the people and mark his territory (his rule).  Yahweh (the God of Israel – the only true God) made humanity in His “image and likeness” to reflect His goodness, power and blessings to the world and to declare His presence throughout it.  They were to be living “images” for the world to see.  Humanity was the only creature who had the ability to intimately know (walk with) God (Yahweh) and reflect Him.  In order for humans to be truly healed, we need to understand our intended purpose from our Creator.  We need to see how far off we are from what we were meant to be and then embrace the provision of God to return us to our intended purpose.  If we miss our purpose then we can easily assume that Jesus saved me so that I can enjoy heaven and escape hell yet still live as I always have been.  However, if we understand our intended purpose then we will also understand that our salvation’s purpose is to return us to what we were meant to be – reflectors of God.  We will not be perfect but even in our imperfections we can reflect God in: humility, forgiveness, grace, love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Christ is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3).  And He says to all of us, “Follow Me!”  Those who follow, will receive the Spirit of God (the power of God – to overcome the power of sin) and be continually transforming into the “image” of the Son of God (2 Corinthians 3:18; Rom 8:29).  Humanity’s purpose is to know God and reflect His image and likeness in truth.  Jesus allows for that to happen once again.  Because without His intervention, sin’s grip on humanity was far too powerful.  We are meant to serve the Universal Creator.  Through Christ our universal royalty (as family members) has been reinstated.  We again are part of the divine family and our heavenly Father walks with us and supplies us as we serve and reflect Him to the world.  Whom have you seen recently that you said to yourself, “They remind me so much of _____?”