Man: What Did God Make?
by Clarence Boyd on May 9th, 2017

​“Then God said, Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (Gen. 1:26) It is apparent that man was always in the mind of the Creator. From the beginning God had man in mind. When the Father began creating the world, He knew man was necessary and that he would have a significant role to play in His plan.  Man was always important to the Father and to His will.
 
Notice that when the Father made His declaration to make man in his image and likeness, the Bible reveals that He had “them” in mind. Here the word for man is technically referring to mankind. In other words, God is not referring to a singular person, but rather to both the man and the woman.  He is literally talking about humanity. The point being made is that no man or woman could be responsible for humanity alone. Both the man and the woman are required if the goal is to produce the human race. We know this to be true because it is confirmed in the Book of Beginnings: “God blessed them and said to them, be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Gen. 1:28)
 
This is very important because God created someone to fulfill His divine purpose. Nothing was created by God without His purpose in mind. Everything created by God was designed to fulfill his purpose for creating it. God was very specific about everything he created. Whether big or small, every created thing had a place where it fit and a contribution to make.  God did not create anything to be wasted. Everything was unique and important to God because no other created thing could fulfil another created thing’s purpose. Everything created was created to fulfil its own purpose.
 
From the beginning it must be understood that God created everything.  He is the source of all creation. In his Gospel, John testifies of this truth by revealing: “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:3) Simply put, God is the source of every created thing. In addition, God is the revealer of the purpose for everything thing made, including man! Therefore, one can safely deduce that there was a divine purpose for God creating man as male and female. “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)
 
God created “him.” Put another way, God created the man. However, it is confirmed that whatever God was creating had to represent the Creator. Man was created to represent the image of God.  God is God all by Himself.  He is whole and He is one! When God created man, he created him whole and as one. So in the man was humanity. We know this to be true because in the man was also the woman. The woman was necessary if humanity was to become a reality. So God created him, the man, as male and female because this couple represented his image, his order, and his purpose.
 
Any response related to what God made—when he made man—must be addressed in the context in which man was made.  He was made as male and female. This is a topic of great discussion today and every man and woman must come to a realization of truth. Truth does not stand alone, it too has a source. The source of truth will always be more important than how truth is interpreted. May we always respect the source more than the interpretation.  This revelation will help us better understand what God made when he created man!


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