Firm Foundations One (5 of 55) What Is Man?

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What Is Man?

Man is a being created by God. He was created for God’s glory, but mankind chose not to glorify his Creator. The price for this was death and separation from God. God loved mankind so much that He sent His son Jesus to restore them to Him. Now, man has the option to believe in Jesus and be restored, or continue to live in rebellion against His Creator.

Man Was Created By God

  • God created all things by speaking them into existence, but He created mankind and then breathed life into us. Therefore, mankind is different from everything else that He created.
    Genesis 2:7, 21–23; Psalm 139:14
  • God created us in His very image. Out of everything God created, mankind most resembles God Himself. God appointed man to rule over all of creation.
    Genesis 1:26–30
  • God created man as good and innocent. He did not create him as evil or sinful, but with a free will to obey or disobey His commands.
    Genesis 1:31; Psalm 25:12

Man Was Created For God’s Glory

  • Everything God created was for His glory. The heavens declare His glory and we also reflect His glory.
    Psalm 19:1; Isaiah 43:7
  • God is our Creator, the One who gave us life, so He is worthy of our glory, honor, and obedience.
    Revelation 4:11
  • God did not create us because He needed someone to glorify Him or because He was lonely, but because He wanted to share the joy of His glory with us. Because God is 100% good, we can have a joyful and loving relationship with Him.
    Psalm 16:11

Man Was Separated From God By His Disobedience

  • After God created man, He told him not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or he would die. Adam disobeyed God’s single command. The price for that was death.
    Genesis 2:16–17; 3:1–24
  • That day, mankind started to die physically and was spiritually separated from God (he died spiritually). The punishment, being banished from the Garden and forbidden to eat from the tree of life, represents this truth.
    Genesis 3:24; 5:5; Ephesians 2:1; 4:18

– Man is made up of two parts: the physical and the spiritual, our body and our inner being, or the material and the immaterial.
1 Thessalonians 5:23–24; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Corinthians 6:20; Genesis 2:7; Proverbs 4:23

– Two deaths: The first death means you will physically die and your soul will pass from this life into eternity. The second death means you will be cast into the lake of fire. This is man’s final destination and he will forever be separated from God.
Revelation 20:14; 21:8

  • Because we have sinned and are separated from God, we cannot glorify Him as before. Our relationship with God needs to be restored before we can experience true joy.

Man Was Restored To God Through Jesus

  • Because of Adam’s original sin, all of mankind was born sinful. Therefore, God sent Jesus to pay the price for the sins of mankind and offers us the gift of restoration.
    1 Corinthians 15:21–22; Romans 5:12–19; John 3:16

– Jesus is the Son of God. He is 100% man and 100% God. He never sinned. He chose to die in the place of mankind so that our sins could be forgiven. He rose again from the dead proving He defeated death and sin.
Ephesians 2:5–10

– To accept this gift of restoration, you have to repent and believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Acts 3:19; Romans 10:9–10

– After you die physically, your soul passes from this life to eternity where you will be with God forever.
2 Corinthians 5:6–10; Philippians 1:21

– Ultimately, our bodies will be changed, and we will have a new incorruptible body. We will be conformed to the image of Jesus.
Romans 8:29; 1 Corinthians 15:42, 52

  • Because of Jesus we can be restored to our original purpose of bringing God glory. Therefore, believers desire to serve, worship, and obey Him.
    Romans 12:1–2; John 4:23–24; 1 John 5:3
  • Because of the grace that God has shown toward us through sending His son Jesus, all of mankind should repent, believe in Jesus, and start glorifying God to experience the true joy that is in Him.
    2 Peter 3:9

Review Questions

  • Who created man?
  • In whose likeness was man created?
  • Why was man created?
  • What separated man from his Creator? Why?
  • How can man have a right relationship with his Creator?

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