This post is essentially a restatement of what is in the summary posts. This is merely to demonstrate the logic of Genesis 1-2.

As previously stated, before the beginning God was one, then God created the universe to be one in him. God did not create the universe to exist separate from himself. Rather it was created to be in union (relationship) with God. There are three important contextual points already mentioned that need to be discussed here to help understand how all things are united in God, these are:
• God created all things
• God judged individual parts of creation to be “good” and the sum of the parts to be “very good”,
• “Good” means to be like God and “very good” refers to being more like God (united, many and one), and

God created all things; he was created by no one, meaning that he has unquestionable authority to pass judgement on all things (creation). At the end of the first five days of creation God judged each new part plus the previous parts to be “good” and at the end of the sixth day he beholds the entire order of creation and declares it to be “very good”. To understand what “good” means is to understand who God is. When God judges creation as “good” he is using himself as the benchmark/definition, for what else was there to measure against? There is no greater judge or higher standard by which creation could be assessed. Therefore this judgement is a statement of approval, consistency, union and harmony between the God and his creation. The form that the universe took in the beginning was the image of God.

What about the difference between the use of “good” and “very good”? If “good” is a statement of being consistent with who God is, then “very good” can be seen as a statement of being more like God. So God judges the whole order of creation as more fully reflective of his image than each part separately or the incomplete creation on each of the first five days. It is the union of the parts that make up the whole which represents the union (image) of God.

What about humanity?
While God judged the universe using himself as the standard it does not mean that the order of the universe completely reflects every aspect of God. God acknowledges this through his judgements of “good” (like God) and “very good” (more like God). All parts of creation individually do not fully reflect God’s image.

Therefore when God specifically states that he is making mankind in his image (Genesis 1:26-27) he is acknowledging that mankind reflects his image more fully than any other part. He makes this even more apparent in Genesis 9 when he makes a distinction between his image reflected in mankind and animals, saying:

The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.

“Whoever sheds the blood of man,
by man shall his blood be shed,
for God made man in his own image.

(Genesis 9:2-6)

Leaving aside the disunity that is being emphasised in this passage (this will be discussed in later posts). God makes a qualitative distinction between mankind and animals, showing that a single human more fully reflects his image than any animal. While animals reflected the image of God in part (good) and as part of the undefiled order of creation (very good), mankind reflects God’s image when evaluated separately from creation (very good). Not to say that mankind was created to live separately from creation (they weren’t).

Therefore God created the universe in his image, united he created it. Nowhere is this more evident than in humanity.


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