The glory of man is linked to the image of God in us. This image of God is the standard of God for man. Without God’s image (mirror), we will not properly see ourselves. One can never see one’s true self until one sees one’s self as the image of God in God’s mirror. “ 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” (2 Cor 3:18 KJV). Man is vested with great potentials by God. Man is a creature of thought and not an afterthought; we are God’s image and reputation. For God to save man means God is salvaging His own image and reputation; “for His name sake,” He will forever lead us aright. By this, God exhibits the greatest act which is man’s greatest need; Love. The Apostle Paul describes love as the greatest gift (1 Cor 13:13). Yes man is an imperfect being who sins, in our discussion today we seek to understand the effect of sin in relation to the value and identity of man. Sin is going against God in word, deed or thought.
GOD’S LOVE IN THE FACE OF SIN
From our previous discussions, we understand man is a creature of love, who responds to love. So even in the face of sin God demonstrates love for man. “For God so loved the world (mankind), that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 KJV). God loves the sinner; one who carries His image; not the sin. God’s love promotes human value. The love of God promotes Human dignity/worth. We notice from the Bible that even when Adam and Eve sinned and they were being sent out of the garden, God clothed them. “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them” (Gen 3:21 KJV). In the face of sin God has created an avenue for redemption; we call it repentance. Repentance is a change of mind and heart from sin towards God. In other words quitting sin to love God. The act of repentance brings joy to God and all of heaven (Luke 15:10 KJV). From the parable of the lost son in the Bible, we see the father with an act of expectancy awaiting his son. “But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him” (Luke 15:20 KJV). The love of this father for his son was never lost; he anticipated the return of his son and kept looking out for him; more so God’s love for man is never lost, He will never give up on man. Once again please note that the demonstration of God’s unconditional love for the sinner does not mean He approves of sin.
IDENTITY IN RELATION TO VALUE
Identity determines value. Identity reveals one’s source/origin. Value is derived from identity. To know the value of Jesus Christ, His source was questioned (see Mark 11:28), likewise John the Baptist (see Mark 11:30). Value and performance is determined by origin. To know man’s true value, we must first question his origin. Man originated from God. In Gen 1:26, the Bible reveals to us the source of man. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the… earth” (Gen 1:26 KJV). Man is therefore a made in-God product; which means God is the source of man. The value of man is therefore traced to the reputation of God; it is not bought. It is given by the Creator. Man is tailor-made to fulfill God’s agenda on earth. Man has the charge to reign on earth and have angels serve him (Ps 91:11).
EFFECTS OF SIN
Sin is a sinker and a “waster”. Sin defaces the image of man thereby affecting his value, even though his identity with God is intact. Sin turns man from “a who” to “a what.” It does not make man see himself in the true image of God (God’s mirror). Sin reduces man’s value and creates a sense of not being up to; low self-esteem. Sin disturbs man’s mentality; man fails to function as god on earth. Sin blurs man vision of his true image in God’s mirror.
Man’s identity is from God; which means our value is seen in God. We are not just created beings but sons of God. Sin may cause some devaluation but God’s love makes way for restoration through salvation. Our salvation in reality is to replace the broken mirror so we can see our true selves in the light of God. God’s love is greater than any form of sin. God loves you, just repent. God is helping us. You are blessed.
Points for reflection:
How does God’s love relate to our value and identity?
What is the relationship between value and identity?
Is man bound in sin forever?