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Made In the Likeness of God…
“When God made man, he made him in the likeness of God” (Genesis 5:1). This is the truth we must come to grips with in our faith lives. To understand what the Spirit is revealing to us here has everything to do with how we understand ourselves and all others. If we come to truly understand and believe this truth with our whole being, the way we view the world, all of our relationships, and everything else, will be changed forever. Everything will have an entirely new, and more profound meaning for us. It will profoundly affect the way we live our practical, daily lives. We need to look to Jesus to aid us in our efforts to understand this idea that we are all made in the image and likeness of God. He is the light of the world and it is by his light that we are able to see ourselves as we are and as we are intended to be. Our challenge is to grow toward the true humanity that we see in Jesus. We know this because of the commandment he gave to us: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12). In his perfect, sinless humanity, he commanded us to do as he did. He would not have said this to us, if he believed us incapable of it. When he let go of divinity and became man, he did not diminish his divinity, rather, he raised our humanity to its perfection, to what it was intended to be. The truth is that we are not as fully human as we are intended to be. This is because we are all too often caught up in our sinfulness. We must respond to Jesus’ saving acts of…