• Created to Receive Blessing

    John MacArthur,

    Our first ancestors, Adam and Eve, were the crowning moment of the creation story. All of God’s preceding creative acts—everything else in the material universe—formed the theater for humanity to flourish as God’s image-bearers. As we’ve already seen in this series, God designed Adam to be in relationship with Himself as well as with Eve. Furthermore, the … Continued

  • Created to Reproduce

    John MacArthur,

    As God’s image-bearers, Adam and Eve were created for intimate and unbroken fellowship with their Creator. But their purpose also contained a significant horizontal (or earthly) aspect as well: Adam and Eve were also created to fill the earth. Genesis 1:27–28 says, “Male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be … Continued

  • Created for Relationship

    John MacArthur,

    When God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1:26), He signified that He Himself is a God of relationships. And He created us in His own likeness so that we could enter into a relationship with Him. Douglas F. Kelly writes: God Himself has never existed as a … Continued

  • To Bear the Creator’s Image

    John MacArthur,

    Man was created to bear the likeness of his maker: “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1:26). The two phrases (“in Our image” and “according to Our likeness”) are parallel expressions. The second merely repeats the first in different but synonymous terms. Don’t imagine that there is a vital … Continued

  • The Centrality of Man in Creation

    John MacArthur,

    The creation of the human race was the central object of God’s creative purpose from the beginning. In an important sense, everything else was created for humanity, and every step of creation up to that point had one main purpose: to prepare a perfect environment for Adam. The human race is still at the center of God’s purpose for … Continued

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