Day 6: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth…And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.”
Genesis 1:27-28, 31
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Today I’m reflecting on the goodness of God. His desire to not only save us from ourselves, but to make us in His likeness so that He, the eternal Son, could come down from glory to become one of us and redeem every facet of humanity. What an amazing thing!
Years ago when my first child was born I was taught by my favorite preachers that human beings are born corrupted and guilty to the point that they are enemies of God from conception. That until a human makes a real profession of faith, he is hell-bound and without hope. This misunderstanding of the human condition forgets that fact that everything God makes is good. He creates and knits every one of us by His own perfect hands. He cannot create bad or evil.
He creates us in His likeness and though we are born with the stain of the sin of our father Adam, we are not born with his guilt (Ezekiel 18:20). Throughout our lives as we sin, we tarnish the image of God imprinted on us little by little, but His image always remains. Tarnished silver is still silver and can be polished and restored. The image of God in mankind cannot be destroyed completely, only damaged and soiled. Through baptism and confession we are renewed and washed clean (1 Peter 3:21, John 13:9), and through an active faith, we restore that holy image and reflect Christ in a darkened world (James 2).
Newborn babies are a reminder of the goodness of God. They are a reminder of the new creation to come. A reminder of new mercies, purity, grace, innocence, and love.