“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Gen 1:27 ESV)
It is extremely easy to talk about humanity post-fall. The fall of man of course is what I am referring too. First, I want to point out that I have no clue why this painting rendition of the fall includes a common house feline, and I tried, truly tried to find another photo, OK maybe it was just too funny to ignore. Nevertheless, the point is not the feline, but the fall that is pictured in this painting. Yes, the fall of man is an important doctrine. However, it is not who we are. Let me explain. I have commonly heard the phrase, “we are all sinners saved by grace”. While this is not an untrue statement it can become repeated so much that we forget the other aspect of humanity; The great importance of the fact that we are made in the image of God.
I think that sometimes we use the phrase, “we are all sinners” as almost an excuse for our bad behavior. Technically speaking we are not sinners, as in that this is our being, how we are created. We as mankind have chosen to sin, but this is not who we are, as in the way God created us. How can we be created in the “image of God”, while also being sinful. I am not saying that we do not commit sin, because obviously we all do, but how can we change our being. To say we are all sinners over and over, would be like saying “well who does eat right” over and over again and actually expecting to be motivated to loose weight. Do you really think that you would be motivated? I think not.
As the point is brought out in Genesis 1:27, and many other verses in the OT, both before and after “the fall”, we are made in the image of God. Is it is so extremely important to remember, and constantly remind ourselves who we really are. Our flesh has absolutely, positively failed, and is full of sin. However, through the redemptive blood of Jesus Christ to those of us who accept the free gift of salvation, our souls will live on forever in the presence of God. The fact that you are created in the image of God is why you are reading this post right now, why you search for things about God in a “Google” search. Whether you claim to be Christian, Atheist, Agnostic, etc. you seek the things of God. Why? Because the image of God is instilled in you, and I. And unless we are about the things of God, our hearts, and our lives will be unsettled. Even when we are about the things of God, we still wrestle because we are in this fleshly body. No doubt about it the weight of sin is heavy, but we need to not live in a defeated attitude, but embrace the fact that we are created “in the image of God”. This is humanity before and after the fall.