Arguably the most significant part of God’s creation is his creation of people. God not only gives people life and a spirit, he has made people quite unique amongst all creatures. Also, of all his creatures, it is primarily to people that God reveals himself and relates.
The rich and the poor are alike in that the Lord made them all. Proverbs 22:2 NCV™
He gives life, breath, and everything else to all people. Acts 17:25b CEV
[David, to God:] You made my life short, so brief that the time means nothing to you. “Human life is but a breath, 6and it disappears like a shadow. Psalms 39:5-6a CEV
As many old people would affirm, in a relative sense life is very brief.
For death is the destiny of every person, and the living should take this to heart. Ecclesiastes 7:2b NET
The Lord – who spread out the heavens, laid the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit in a person – says, … Zechariah 12:1b GW
A person’s spirit is the lamp of the Lord; it searches through all of one’s innermost being. Proverbs 20:27 ISV
For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. James 2:26 NET
They [Jews] continued to stone Stephen while he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” Acts 7:59 NET
Here also are the spirits of those good people who have been made perfect. Hebrews 12:23b CEV
The reference is to the spirits of righteous people who had died.
Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness, so they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move on the earth.” 27God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26-27 NET
That God has made people in his own image is evident in that they reflect such things as his personal traits – e.g. aspects of his character and intellect – and that they have a spirit. Additionally, it is noteworthy that although God essentially is spirit, some descriptions of visions or manifestations of God speak of him in terms of a human-like form (cf. Ezekiel 1:26-28; Daniel 7:9).
Who has put wisdom in the heart, or has imparted understanding to the mind? Job 38:36 NET
And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” Acts 17:2-3 ESV
And the Lord God said, “Now that the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil, he must not be allowed to stretch out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” Genesis 3:22 NET
A righteous person cares for the life of his animal … Proverbs 12:10a NET
[God, to the Babylonians:] For you will pay in full for your violent acts against Lebanon; terrifying judgment will come upon you because of the way you destroyed the wild animals living there. Habakkuk 2:17a NET
The Babylonians’ desolation of the forests of Lebanon (cf. CEV, GNT, NLT) and their destruction of animals contravened humankind’s responsibility towards nature – and they would be punished for it.
- Jesus Christ is the image of God
- Jesus Christ has the form and fullness of God
- To know or see Jesus Christ is to know or see the Father
- Jesus came to enable us to know God
Then the Lord again appeared in Shiloh, for it was in Shiloh that the Lord had revealed himself to Samuel through the word of the Lord. 1 Samuel 3:21 NET
[God:] I acted for the sake of my reputation, so that I would not be profaned before the nations among whom they lived, before whom I revealed myself by bringing them out of the land of Egypt. Ezekiel 20:9 NET
By delivering the Israelites out of Egypt, God revealed himself to the surrounding peoples.
[Paul, speaking of wicked people:] For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. Romans 1:19-20 ESV